Alvin ISD students created 3D printed masks for members of the community. Karthik Bhagavatula (Shadow Creek High School), Praneel Bhagavatula (Nolan Ryan Junior High School), and Amar Sehgal (Dawson High School in Pearland ISD) utilized skills they learned in the classroom to design and create a mask that is similar to N-95 effectiveness.
“The Three Masketeers” researched masks and filters and then designed a 3D mask with disposable filters. The students credit the skills learned at school with their success in designing the masks. They are members of SeaPerch, Alvin ISD’s Underwater Robotics Program and FIRST Robotics. They learned about 3D printing in STEM club.
Throughout the process of the mask project, the students learned to analyze medical conditions and risk relating to the coronavirus, how to build a website, and how to overcome limited resources and time issues.
The three students received help from local officials and the community to distribute the masks for free. They provided a valuable service and product to hundreds of high-risk Alvin and Pearland residents. Nursing home patients, first responders, cancer patients, and diabetics were among the first to receive the PPE.
“Even though we are from neighboring school districts, we have been able to come together due to our shared passion for science, and build something that our entire community and all our peers can benefit from,” the students shared.