Making the world a better place through technology and values.
LAS VEGAS, NV
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
Upper School students from the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin are working from home to 3D printing medical face shields, face mask clips, and ventilator valves to remedy hospital shortages as COVID 19 cases escalate. Hoping to make a difference, while observing health safety protocols, the students borrowed the printers from the school’s $4 million-dollar, 5000 square foot, Startup Incubator designed for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Tobin Herringshaw is part of the Startup Incubator’s instructional team and thrilled to see students apply the technical knowledge and skills learned to solving real world problems that help others in need. “Creating these medical devices to help during this crisis will likely be one of the most rewarding experiences our students will have this year,” says Herringshaw. “The Startup Incubator was built to directly support the school's mission to enable students to pursue and achieve excellence,” Herringshaw continues. “We’re seeing that mission in action through this incredible 3D printing initiative to benefit the communities around us. Students are using their knowledge, talent and skills to help others in need and build a better world.”
AEC senior Kalman Steinberg is proud to apply his tech acumen to give back to the community; to influence, for the better, the dire circumstances brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic; and make it possible for hospitals to have what they need to care for patients. “It’s a huge honor and a blessing to have access to our school’s state of the art tech lab to fight along side medical professionals to defeat this disease and save lives,” says Steinberg who will graduate in May, likely through a virtual ceremony.
Dr. Avi Weiss is an AEC parent and Urology specialist in Las Vegas who is helping facilitate communications between students and hospital officials to confirm need and quality standards. “We are so proud of our students. They are taking skills learned, talent, and care for the community and applying it to a noble cause. This is a phenomenal experience. The student and faculty engineering and design team are working on life saving interventions under battle conditions. It’s just amazing,” Weiss elaborates.
Micah deLeon and Emily Miller are also AEC seniors, eager to combat feelings of helplessness and fear by productive action. "Online learning is going great, but my classmates and I are getting restless and want to do something. We want to make a difference," says deLeón. "Watching the news, we noticed healthcare workers have an immediate need. We have a technology lab called the Startup Incubator at school that can produce the exact items needed. Our school's values and mission encourage us to give back to the community and make the world a better place. We just want to help," adds Miller.
But it’s not AEC tech students alone who are rising to the occasion to serve the community. Tiffanie Zuttermeister, AEC Advancement and Registrar Assistant, and Debbie Levy, Art Specialist, are team leading an initiative to sew much needed cloth masks for hospitals and senior living communities. “I started making masks last week and have made over a hundred,” said Zuttermeister. “I myself have a weak immune system and I’m thinking of my mom who is going through Chemo right now. It scares me that we do not have the proper equipment to keep people safe. I wanted to be part of the solution, so I put my skills to use. I used materials from home. Others I bought. People from our school community offered donations. It feels good knowing we’re contributing to those in need.”
The AEC Incubator was completed in 2016 as part of a school-wide Technology Innovations Initiative, including a one-to-world paradigm and extensive teacher professional development. The elaborate facility contains a Coding Lab, Digital Media Studio, and expansive Fab Lab with a companion Heavy Duty Lab.
The Incubator offers students the opportunity to build a complex robot or start their own business. They’re taught everything from the core skills in coding, robotics, 3D printing and electronics to the essential entrepreneurial skills to design and bring their original works to market.