Today was a day without students. Besides meetings with colleagues and our community (it was amazing to see their faces!), I spent the majority of the day conducting interviews on Zoom with two individuals whose professions (Dentistry) have been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, I conducted an interview with a 9th grade student at my school who is leveraging his passion for CAD and 3D printing to serve his community.
Descriptions and recordings of each interview are listed below (note: permission was given to share by each individual).
This is about all I can muster up in a post tonight. Things feel really hard right now...
Interview #1: Dr. Cheryl Willett
Dr. Willett discusses how the dentists at an incredibly high risk of disease transmission and various design alterations that are needed to their masks and equipment to keep them safe during this time. Dr. Willett challenges my students to address her concerns.
Interview #2: Dr. Armen Mirzayan
Dr. Mirzayan discusses how he is leveraging CAD, specifically face scanning technology, to create custom masks for dentists keeping in mind Dr. Willett's concerns addressed in the above interview. Dr. Mirzayan challenges my students to address his concerns with eye glass integration into his scans.
Interview #3: Aubrey Elder
Mr. Elder discusses how he is using his 3D printer, and his incredible passion for CAD, to unite with an organization to assist in printing masks for members of our working community that do not have access. Aubrey will be collaborating with a few of my students in the coming weeks to ramp up production and transition into face shield prototyping.