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HOLMDEL, NJ: Two Holmdel teens are making an impact in helping with the shortage of desperately needed Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). They formed NJ Strong with PPE Group, where they chose an NIH approved design, and now manufacture their own hospital grade PPE face shields, to protect local front line workers. Yes, you read that right! They developed a prototype, and tested the product and then began manufacturing it with 3D printer technology. They delivered their first batch of 50 homemade, high quality, sanitized face-shields to hospitals and to the Holmdel Police Department, on April 20th.
Founders of NJ Strong with PPE Group; Audrey Su and her younger brother William Su are both students in Holmdel. Audrey is a junior at Holmdel High School, taking various STEM course and has completed an AP computer science course in Java. She likes the arts and is part of the Art Honor Society. She is also a teacher's assistant at the Jersey Shore Chinese School, and volunteers at her local church. William Su, is an 8th grader at William R. Satz Middle School and a Life Rank Boy Scout. William plays the Cello in his spare time and Orchestra. He is also a volunteer at Jersey Shore Chinese school, and at his church. He has experience in robotics and has won several competitions in STEM and Robotics. He is on the Robotics Team in Holmdel.
William comments, "My sister and I decided to use 3D printing technology learned from our STEM and Robotic Program to make PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and we wanted to donate the PPE to local hospitals in NJ during the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to create 1,000-2,000 face-shields or more if needed, based on funding, and donations. We want to but the materials needed to make these face shields for our frontline heroes that are risking their lives for us every day."
TAPinto spoke with Audrey and William's mom Cindy Su, "My children are very busy normally with their school work but the week of spring break they had some free time, and they really wanted to do something to help with the pandemic. When we sit at the dinner table we usually get a recorded call from the Holmdel Mayor, updating the town on the COVID -19 situation. We listen to it on the speaker together, and there is a regular request for PPE equipment to be donated. My children wanted to help with that need. Our son William who is on the Holmdel Robotics Team, and is familiar with using a 3D printer, thought of making the face shields." There was only one problem though, the Su's did not have a 3D printer, so they ordered one, Audrey and Williams father Frank Su, together with his teens, assembled it, and they were in business! They reached out to the Mayor to tell him they could help manufacture and donate PPE, and now they are making 1,000 NIH approved protective face shields for Holmdel's Frontline workers! The duo is also fulfilling orders for senior care centers.
Holmdel’s Mayor Greg Buontempo commented, “I received an email from Audrey and William, offering to make and donate face shields. I was beyond impressed with their talent and dedication to do their part to help. Their passion to protect the frontline workers truly represents the community spirit here in Holmdel. We are so thankful to Audrey, William and their parents.”
The sister, brother super team is looking for volunteers to reach their goal and invite more high school and middle school students to help this cause. Audrey comments, "Together, we can help NJ and make it stronger and safer for all of us. We are able to test different prototypes, and come up with the complete finished face shield, with a cost of $1.50 to $2.00 / shield."
They are currently able to produce as many as 32 face shields a day, using a printer with 3D technology. To reach their goal of 2000 face shields, Audrey and William have set up a Go-Fund Me page to raise $5,000. You can donate to this important cause HERE.
They are always looking for people to help them to make an impact on society and protect lives. If you would like to help: Volunteer Now They also are interested in showing fellow students and children how to make them as well if they would like to learn. Audrey comments, "With the $5,000 funding, we will be able to buy materials needed to make 2,000 face shields for the frontline heroes that are risking their lives to save lives." Find out more about their progress at: NJ Strong with PPE where you can see video demos of how they make and sanitize their face shields.
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