Talented Design Technology teachers from secondary schools across East Dunbartonshire have been putting their skills to good use and helping to protect frontline workers locally and throughout Scotland.
Using 3D printer technology, the teams have created safety visors to be used as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The equipment is created in its entirety in the classroom – from the printing and laser cutting to the heating and forming of the visors.
To date, teachers from Kirkintilloch High School, Bishopbriggs Academy, Boclair Academy, Douglas Academy, Turnbull High School, Lenzie Academy, St Ninian’s High School and Bearsden Academy have made nearly 2,000 safety visors. The PPE has been distributed to East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership and throughout the country to hospitals, charities, health centres, medical surgeries, opticians, Police Scotland and care homes.
Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, said, "We are very proud of our highly skilled and talented Design Technology teachers in East Dunbartonshire, and it is great to see them using their expertise to provide safety equipment for those working on the frontline. Their hard work and dedication is an inspiration to both their pupils and the wider community."
Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, added, "Throughout these challenging times our employees working in schools and early learning centres have been going the extra mile to serve our communities in many different ways; from providing meals, childcare and online educational resources to volunteering to carry out other vital roles within the community. I’d like to thank all our employees for all their hard work and commitment."
- The 3D visors are being produced by Design Technology teachers in the following schools: Kirkintilloch High, Bearsden Academy, Boclair Academy, Turnbull High, Bishopbriggs Academy, St Ninian's High, Lenzie Academy and Douglas Academy. All volunteers are strictly adhering to Public Health Scotland guidance on social distancing and hygiene practices when printing the 3D visors.