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Seattle Academy Community Producing Masks for Frontline Workers

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We are proud of Seattle Academy alums Kenji Lee ‘18 and Peter Springer ‘18 who are involved in Maker Mask - a Seattle nonprofit creating medically endorsed, reusable protective masks using everyday 3D printers. This venture was founded by Seattle Academy parent Jonathan Roberts and his non-profit, RPrime. The goal is to address critical supply shortages and support “the real heroes on the front lines” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this venture in Geekwire in April.

In April, Kenji reached out to SAAS asking if we'd be interested in loaning the school's 3D printers to the effort. We immediately agreed and delivered all of our 3D printers to help with this effort. Rob Phillips, Head of School, also reached out to our partner schools to get their idle 3D printers involved and the SAAS Facilities picked them up and delivered them yesterday to increase Maker Mask's production capacity.

Photo of (Below left-to-right: Peter Springer '18, Tomas Batingan, SAAS Facilities Manager, and Kenji Lee '18)

(Below left-to-right: Peter Springer '18, Tomas Batingan, SAAS Facilities Manager, and Kenji Lee '18)

Production Continues:

Starting the week of April 20, Seattle Academy Faculty/Staff including Lysie Taylor, Mark Zavala, and Tom Flood set up in the Middle School gym, where we currently have nineteen 3D printers printing parts for the masks. Students begin volunteering (following social-distancing guidelines) the following week including four seniors on the Seattle Academy Robotics team: Sophie Ginsberg-Hayes ‘20, Ari Porad ‘20, Chris Sanchez ‘20, and Ben Scherzer ‘20 who are actively assembling the printed parts.

Follow @saas_innovations on Instagram for continued project updates.

“Creating a production line at the school has been great hands-on experience for our senior volunteers facing an uncertain future due to the COVID19 pandemic.”- Lysie Taylor

In relationship to this innovations project seniors, Ella Flanders ‘20 and Maia Malakoff ‘20 are making and distributing cloth masks to promote a healthier community during this time of need. The masks are free and materials sourced from local small business. Follow @maskedbymaiaandella on Instagram to learn more!

View more project photos here