Facing off against the virus
Health workers testing for coronavirus in the Katherine region will receive about 70 face shields manufactured by eight Taminmin College students.
Armed with a guillotine, hot glue guns and a heavy-duty hole punch, the years 9 and 10 collegians made the headwear from A3 laminating pouches, foam roll and elastic.
The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory guided the students by providing the pattern for the shields, and instructions for their construction.
Year 10 project enthusiast Aston Wilson was keen to help clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals in Aboriginal community health centres.
“It was a really fun project to work on, and really cool to know we are doing something to help health workers in remote places,” he said.
Last week, the college’s STEM and automaker teacher Lachlan Hogg delivered the shields to AMSANT for distribution to the medical staff.
“It was great to work on this with our students,” he said. “They were able to learn new skills, and work with AMSANT to support those combatting coronavirus.”