Klein ISD Robotics Members Create and Donate Face Shields
When VorTX3735’s competition season was canceled because of COVID-19, the robotics team members decided to use their time, energy, and resources for a greater good – printing face shields for local medical professionals.
VORTX3735 member Jason Wang saw that TXRX Labs, a nonprofit makerspace in Houston, was printing and assembling face shields to donate to local medical professionals and immediately took initiative to get involved.
“I knew I could help do this awesome thing for the community,” Wang said. “I got the design from the makerspace and ever since then, I’ve been recruiting others to help.”
Wang was quickly able to assemble a team of four STEM-oriented friends to help, one of which was a long-time friend from Boy Scouts that attends a different school.
“I sent my good friend Ian from Northland Robotics the files and information and he got his school on board,” Wang said. “Getting more community involvement for more supplies and, ultimately, more face shields is the goal, so we’re really excited about our partnership to make this happen.”
With the help and sponsorship of Zyltech Engineering, LLC and guidance from TXRX Labs, the group was able to print and assemble over 120 face shields in a week.
The group will continue printing until they run out of filament and they’re encouraging others to get involved by sewing Joann Fabrics Make to Give kits. VORTX3735 sponsor Robert Carter said he wasn’t at all surprised by the initiative of the robotics team during these uncertain times.
“These kids do so much beyond VORTX and building robots,” he said. “I knew that they wouldn’t let the circumstances slow them down.”
Thank you, VORTX3735 and Northland Robotics, for serving your community!
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