The Florida Conference Innovation Lab at FLA joins the effort to flatten the COVID19 Curve

The Florida Conference Innovation Lab at FLA joins the effort to flatten the COVID19 Curve

In an effort to help flatten the COVID19 curve and to provide protection for medical personal that are putting their lives at risk to combat the corona disease, the Florida Conference Innovation Lab at Forest Lake Academy has joined forces with the Mass General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation to 3D print N95 Masks and Face Shields.

The Florida Conference Innovation Lab has joined the COVID Innovation Center’s Face Shields and N95 Masks working groups and is waiting for the COVID Innovation Center to validate the best 3D designs to print. The lab is also looking to 3D print an N95 mask that was designed by a team of  biomedical engineers at the Medical University of South Carolina Michael Yost, Ph.D., vice chairman of research in the Department of Surgery and Joshua Kim, senior designer and program coordinator in the Department of Surgery Human Centered Design Program. The duo has contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to obtain emergency approval of the device.

 

The Florida Conference Innovation lab has six 3D printers that will be used to print the face shields and N95 masks. While the lab has on hand enough filament to produce a large number of face shields and masks, its biggest challenge will be the availability of additional materials to produce and assemble additional shields and masks.  To support the lab’s effort contact Robert Henley, at robert.henley@flcoe.org.

About the Florida Conference Innovation Lab at Forest Lake Academy
The Florida Conference Innovation Lab educates students to serve as leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which, according to the World Economic Forum, is the fusion of digital technologies, materials science and biology. The lab provides both formal and informal educational experiences that equip the students with the 21st Century Skills and STEMCIE (STEM + Computing + Invention + Entrepreneurship) competencies needed to conduct authentic STEM research, solve social problems and launch Fourth Industrial Revolution Start-ups.

About the Mass General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation

The Mass General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation is a joint research, engineering, and development effort between Mass General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led by Dr. Guillermo Tearney and Dr. David Walt.

 

Cultivating Innovators,

 

 

Robert Henley, M.A., MCSE, MCT, A+, Network+

Innovation Coordinator and Robotics Instructor | Office of Education