Jay Wengle is teaching science at Richmond Hill High School. He had seen how students need hands on opportunities to create. He joined with 2 other teachers, Ana Hu and Huron Chu, to start The Steam Project.
The Steam Project started out using space at the Richmond Hill Curling Club, offering March Break and Summer Camp programs. To be able to offer year round courses they created a makerspace on Edward Ave (just north of Elgin Mills, between Yonge & Bayview) - a very kid friendly creative space with 3D printers, laser cutters, wood working tools, robotic and electronic parts….. Cool things to be made!
They were all geared up for a busy March Break, then the lockdown.
Huron heard about a 3D pattern that could make protective face shields. Soon they were churning them out. At maximum capacity, they are making about three hundred a week.
Click here to see a great interview with CP24.
Mackenzie Health has received many of these shields. The staff at the Richmond Hill Food Bank, Yellow Brick House, Community Head Injury Support Services and the Salvation Army also have them. Do you know of other organizations that could use them? Spread the word, not the virus!
Funds are needed to keep making these masks, and ear savers, COVID boxes and cloth facemasks.
Since some individuals wanted to have them they are sold as a “BUY ONE!! GIVE ONE” – for a cost of $20. Pick up outside their space. To order please email [email protected]
There is also a GoFundMe campaign. Click here to find out more and donate.
Do you have a 3D printer at home? You could make the frames of the masks and drop them off at The Steam Project. Email them - [email protected]
Jay and the others at The Steam Project would really like to be doing their core business too - offering courses for kids. 10 week programs have been adapted to an on-line format, and the building materials can be dropped at your door. www.theSTEAMproject.ca They are also hopeful that their summer camps will be a go.
Let’s make sure we have future problem solvers! Who knows what we’ll need next.