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Boys Ranch staff produce face shields for area responders

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

News release from Cal Farley's Boys Ranch:

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch has long taught our young people that in any situation, if there is a way to use your talents to help your community, it’s important to do so. Right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Boys Ranch youth are seeing this philosophy in action.

A team of Boys Ranch technology coordinators have joined the global community of 3D printer operators who are producing face shields for area frontline responders.

“Our youth realize now how what they have been learning can be used to help others,” said Phillip Miller, coordinator of technology.

A team of three adult mentors, including Miller, who provide experiential learning opportunities for Boys Ranch youth are currently responding to a worldwide request for 3D print communities to help produce face shields for their medical communities.

Face shields limit exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and provide an additional layer of protection over the whole face.

Also helping with this effort are Barre Wheatley, emerging technology coordinator, and Scotty Wright, who teaches welding technologies. Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Boys Ranch Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Lab is equipped with five 3D printers.

Currently, youth at Boys Ranch are not in school and are practicing social distancing in their group homes. As a result, they are not utilizing the STEAM lab for their own technology-driven projects, meaning the 3D printers were ready and waiting for face shield production.

After providing the initial prototypes to the Boys Ranch Volunteer Fire Department and the campus clinic staff, Miller and his team began tackling requests from neighboring EMS and fire departments and other medical facilities.

“We have orders from AMR in Dalhart, Adrian Fire, Vega Fire, Dalhart Fire,” Miller said, adding more face shields will be distributed in the next few days.

The STEAM lab is producing 20 face shield headbands at a time. Each print session takes about 18 hours to complete.

Miller said that the Boys Ranch STEAM lab will print, assemble and ship face shields as long as the filament plastic stock on hand lasts.

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