Schools have risen to the challenge to create protective equipment for doctors and nurses on the front line during the coronavirus pandemic, with many design and technology departments creating masks or perspex visors for healthcare workers.
In Hertfordshire, Jack Fellowes-Prynne, a design and technology teacher at The Bishop's Stortford High School, started making perspex visors to protect health workers from Covid-19, after fellow teachers at Birchwood High School used a 3D-printing process to make visors.
Coronavirus: Teacher 3D printing visors for NHS staff
Mr Fellowes-Prynne had made 200 visors at the last count.
Headteacher Dale Reeve said: "Mr Fellowes-Prynne deserves all the credit for making the face shields and delivering them to the nursing team."
The school has also donated its stock of science safety goggles to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.
At Monkton Combe School in Bath, the design and technology department were also been busy over the weekend printing masks for local hospitals.
Great to see @MonktonDT joining lots of other schools in the ranks for the #CoronaFightback after a weekend of 3D printing protective masks for @RUHBath. @HMC_Org @ISC_schools @Ed_Dorrell pic.twitter.com/AkgdvmWhFw— Chris Wheeler (@MonktonHead) March 31, 2020
Oundle School in Northamptonshire also loaned its 3D printer to a local resident who was manufacturing face shields, allowing him to increase production.
When Oundle resident James Anderson heard that local surgery and hospital staff were short of PPE, he set up his two 3D printers at home to make COVID-19 face shields for NHS healthworkers, initially producing 30 a day. pic.twitter.com/ZOkIOFSLUW— Oundle School (@oundleschool) March 29, 2020
And staff at Garforth Academy in West Yorkshire have also been helping with the efforts to make PPE for the NHS.
Our amazing design technology staff are in school today making PPE for our front line NHS staff. Truly remarkable 😍 pic.twitter.com/QCVku5o21w— Garforth Academy (@DeltaGarforth) April 2, 2020