When Rapelje High School teacher Jacki Keating saw a Billings Clinic doctor on CNN demonstrating his reusable medical mask prototype, she wondered if the small school could use that pattern to help others. The answer was yes. Today, Youth Entrepreneur Abby Schladweiller (pictured), STEM teacher Nikki Markle, and Keating are manufacturing hundreds of masks with the school’s 3D printers.
“People have really stepped up,” says Keating. CowTech Engineering (a 3D scanner company run by Rapelje Youth Entrepreneur grads) donated filament, as did community members. Keating delivers the masks to healthcare facilities, including Riverstone Hospice, Beartooth Manor, and the Billings Clinic Cancer Center, and shows healthcare workers how to custom-fit the masks.
“Everything you do matters,” says Keating, adding, “Abby jumped at the chance to help.”