Seven Arrows, a private kindergarten through sixth-grade school located in Pacific Palisades, has now made 45 visors and strap locks for face shields and dozens of HEPA filter masks to aid in the coronavirus fight.
The school (located on La Cruz) has a state-of-the-art innovation lab with four 3D printers and laser cutters. Sara Kaviar, the school’s Director of Innovation and Learning, is part of a local consortium making the gear.
USC’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and the Office of Research reached out to local makers to design and donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to support continued health-care delivery at Keck Hospital and other local healthcare organizations, first responders and critical COVID-19 research activities at USC.
With a large supply of 3D filament in stock, Kavia and Seven Arrows Head of School Margarita Pagliai decided to shift these educational resources to aid in the fight against coronavirus.
“We’ve printed about 45 visors and strap locks for the face shields, and dozens of cotton HEPA filter masks that Sara sewed herself in the school’s Innovation Labs,” said Fiona Farrahi, the director of admissions and marketing. “We are also sharing a portion of these protective devices with individuals such as caregivers, people that are essential workers, and friends of the Seven Arrows community who need protection.”
Kavia delivers the printed pieces to Crashspace (blog.crashspace.org), which has a secure and contactless facility in Westchester and is responsible for assembling and delivering them to the hospitals.
“Next week, we will be receiving foam and the shields so that we can ship fully completed face shields,” Farrahi said. “If anyone wants to pitch in and purchase more plastic and foam for the face shields to support this effort, here are the links for the paper and foam, respectively: (https://papergala.com/collections/faceshields/products/petg-faceshield-plastic-10-pack) and (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07LB1CKC9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).
The items can be shipped directly to Seven Arrows Elementary School, 15240 La Cruz Dr., Pacific Palisades 90272. (The 10-pack clear face shield plastic is $18.90).
“We intend to make as many masks as we possibly can with a goal of 1000,” Farrahi said. “If anyone in the local community has this technology and wants to make PPE, please share the Crashspace website: https://blog.crashspace.org/.”