Fannin County High School (FCHS) Freshman, Bryce Ware, used a Makerbot 3D printer to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, GA. Bryce wanted to use his expertise in 3D printing to support the local efforts to combat COVID-19. Bryce is an active member of the Technology Student Association(TSA) at FCHS.
Bryce was asked by Dr. Barbara Wall, Director of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) for the Georgia Department of Education, to represent CTAE students at the CTAE Career and Industry Advisory Council meeting on May 6th. Bryce was given 5 minutes to present his project to business, industry, and educational leaders from around the State of Georgia. Bryce did an outstanding job explaining his project to the audience in the virtual meeting.
Originally, Bryce produced several masks and worked with Dr. Causey in Blairsville to complete the masks and deliver them where needed. On his most recent production, Bryce completed 100% of the process himself. Bryce provided reusable respirators in sizes small, medium, and large for the staff at Fannin Regional. Bryce also produced protective face shields.
Jason Jones, Chief Executive Officer for Fannin Regional, was extremely appreciative of Bryce’s contribution and stated “These face shields are difficult to purchase at this time, and we are going to need these shields as we begin to resume our normal hospital operations.” Mr. Jones was also impressed with the design of the masks because they are reusable. The hospital staff were all surprised when Bryce informed them that he is a freshman at FCHS.
“I am very proud of Bryce and his efforts to support our local healthcare professionals during this difficult time. Bryce is an outstanding student, and I am looking forward to working with him during his high school engineering courses.” Bubba Gibbs, TSA Advisor and Engineering Teacher at FCHS.