Curro Waterfall uses 3D printer to create face masks for essential workers

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    Grade 10 learner Bonolo Makgoga works on the 3D printer. Photo: Supplied

    WATERFALL – Curro Waterfall, along with other Curro schools, have use their 3D printers and laser cutters to produce over 7 000 face shields.

    Curro Waterfall is putting their 3D printer and laser cutting tools to good use and creating face shields for medical professionals and essential workers.

    Zeenath Sathiah, school’s marketer, said that the school is using innovation to join the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by putting their learning tools to the test to solve real-life problems. Curro Waterfall, together with other Curro schools across the country, put together the initiative to help essential workers.

    Dr Wilfred Bock, the executive head at Curro Waterfall, said, “What started as a small endeavour to help in the supply of PPE [personal protective equipment] , became a much larger gathering of 3D printers and laser cutters from other schools. These have been put to work to supply face shields to thousands of frontline and healthcare workers. Curro has distributed more than 7 000 of these face shields throughout South Africa.”

    High school learners work on a design and programming project. Photo: Supplied

    Institutions such as the Salvation Army, Jacaranda FM and various hospitals have already benefited from the programme. Sathiah said Dr Bock and the Curro Waterfall team are bringing solutions and innovation forward that benefit the school and the community at large.

    Dr Bock believes it’s likely that they will continue to use these innovations even after the lockdown, especially in the high school.

    Innovation is the new curriculum offered by the school for all learners from grades 7 to 10. The subject includes courses from coffee brewing, drone flying, programming robotic arms, laser cutting, 3D printing and design.

    “As a school, Curro Waterfall strives to not only deliver Grade 12 learners with excellent academic achievements but holistic developed learners with the soft skills needed for any career,” said Camilla Pretorius, Deputy Head of the high school.

    Sathiah added, “We have received a positive response from our learners since the introduction of our innovation courses and have also noted their valuable feedback to further improve the curriculum. In addition to helping create critical thinkers, the innovation curriculum has proved beneficial to other subjects such as Mathematics, IT and Engineering Graphics and Design.”

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