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Robotics Kids Building Face Shields To Help Protect Essential Workers

Photos provided to KLCC by Meredith Clark.

A school robotics team is helping front-line workers battle the pandemic. 

Patrick Logan is an engineer who mentors kids with the South Eugene Robotics Team (SERT).  He says while the school year’s activities have been disrupted by COVID-19 protocols, SERT members are spending time at home by making face shields with the University of Oregon’s assistance.

“We work with the machine shop and the department of biology in producing these face shields that involve 3-D printing and laser cut screens," explains Logan. 

Credit Photos provided to KLCC by Meredith Clark.
At his home, Luke Dassonville watches on as a 3-D printer works on creating a face shield visor.

"And then we are cooperating with other robotics teams to be providing PPE across the state.  Which y’know, makes us feel good.”

Logan says the students print their own components out individually, and then alert him and other SERT mentors when a batch is finished.  They then come by and pick up the components from the porch (observing social distancing) and assemble the face shields at a separate facility.

SERT has already made 38 face shields for veterinarians and grocery workers. And Logan says they’ve also received 50 from a robotics team in Corvallis.

Credit Brian Bull / KLCC
OMG! It's...Oregon Medical Group.

All the face shields are free, and many are for health care workers dealing with the coronavirus. 200 are slated for Oregon Medical Group.

Anyone who'd like to support SERT in its efforts to create more face shields can inquire at its website.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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