COVID-19 Projects

Our 3D printed face shields: Hospitalists at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (left), and Pediatric ER at Newark Beth Israel (right)  

 

4,010 Face Shields and 6,379 Ear Savers

 

Project Overview

In accordance with our mission statement, LRC supports projects that encourage children and teens to use science and engineering knowledge to help solve real-world problems. With the COVID-19 crisis in our area in March 2020, we activated the following projects (see terms and conditions):

Livingston Shield

Livingston Shield

Livingston Shield

The Livingston Shield project started on March 27, 2020, current and former LRC teams were working to use 3D printing process and other techniques to produce reusable face shields for frontline healthcare workers and first responders who desperately need the protection. LRC teams (grades 7-10) collaborated in redesigning of a popular face shield to improve airflow and printing speed. It was known as the “Livingston Shield“. We had been printing the Livingston Shield design since April 3, 2020 until the end of the project on June 14, 2020. See the Livingston Shield project page for details.

By the end of our project on June 14, 2020, we made and donated 4,010 reusable face shields. The recipients included many departments (outpatient, cancer center, infusion center, inpatient oncology, radiation oncology, hospitalist program, radiology, labor and delivery, X-Ray, surgical, burn ICU, PACU, CTICU, CCU, ICU, ER, pediatric ER and EMT) in 16 hospitals:

  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
  • Newark Beth Israel, Newark, NJ
  • Newark University Hospital, Newark, NJ
  • Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City NJ
  • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
  • Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, NJ
  • Mountainside Medical Center, Montclair, NJ
  • East Orange VA Medical Center, East Orange, NJ
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, NJ
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, NJ
  • Matheny Hospital, Peapack, NJ
  • Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, NJ
  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Paramus, NJ
  • Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ
  • East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, NJ

We also delivered to first responders, COVID-19 sites, urgent care centers with COVID-19 services, long term care facilities and community health centers:

  • Livingston Police Department
  • Livingston First Aid Squad
  • Summit Medical Group COVID-19 triage tents
  • CityMD urgent care centers
  • Agile Urgent Care and its COVID-19 testing site at the American Dream mall
  • Passaic Fire Department
  • Atlantic Ambulance
  • AFC Urgent Care centers
  • East Hanover First Aid Squad
  • Roseland First Aid Squad
  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • Care One Livingston
  • Universal Institute, Livingston
  • Navajo Nation
  • Zufall Health – community health centers in NJ
  • Complete Care – long term care facilities in Somerset, Plainfield, and Bridgewater, NJ
  • Volunteers in Medicine America (free clinics) – Hackensack, NJ; Uniondale, NY; Aiken, SC; McKinney TX; West Chester, PA; El Cajon, CA; Meridian, MS; Great Barrington, MA; Macon, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Orlando, FL; Oregon City, OR; Chattanooga, TN; Lake Saint Louis, MO; and Watertown, WI

Ear Saver

Exit 6 Robotics and many community members of Livingston and Millburn had been printing the “ear savers” (surgical mask tension release band for ear comfort) for the healthcare workers and first responders who needs to wear mask for an extended period of time. See some photos of the ear savers here.

Ray Kholodovsky, a Livingston resident and former member of Lancer Robotics FTC team (Livingston High School team, not an affiliated of LRC) joined the effort to print thousands of ear savers. By the end of our project on June 14, 2020, we made and donated 6,379 ear savers to:

  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • NewYork–Presbyterian / Columbia
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Passaic Fire Department.
  • East Hanover First Aid Squad
  • Roseland First Aid Squad
  • St Clare’s hospitals
  • Matheny Hospital
  • Clara Maass Medical Center
  • East Orange General Hospital
  • UCHA Care Center
  • Job Haines Nursing Home
  • Winchester Garden
  • Hackensack Meridian JFK Medical Center
  • Ambicab medical ambulance
  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  • Care One Livingston
  • Universal Institute, Livingston
  • Atrium Post Acute Care of Livingston
  • Navajo Nation
  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
  • Englewood Hospital
  • Zufall Health – community health centers in NJ
  • Complete Care – long term care facilities in Somerset, Plainfield, and Bridgewater, NJ
  • One Brooklyn Health System
  • Volunteers in Medicine America (free clinics) – Hackensack, NJ; Uniondale, NY; Aiken, SC; McKinney TX; West Chester, PA; El Cajon, CA; Meridian, MS; Great Barrington, MA; Macon, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Orlando, FL; Oregon City, OR; Chattanooga, TN; Lake Saint Louis, MO; and Watertown, WI

 

Live Stream

You can see a live stream of the operation from one of our contributors at the time our initiative was active.

 

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