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Tuesday August 11, 2020
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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2
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Science Center Educators Stepped Up During Coronavirus Pandemic

 
Chris Irizarry, Dr. Oneka Marriott, Chris Ortiz and Chris Pait at FoundCare 
 
Over 1,000 3D Printed Face Shields Delivered Throughout Palm Beach County
 
July 2 2020 - During the Coronavirus pandemic, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium stepped up to provide more than 1,000 3D printed face shields to first responders when PPE was needed most. Educators delivered the protective equipment to front-line workers and other nonprofits throughout Palm Beach County and even as far as Orlando. Organizations such as the West Palm Beach Fire and Police Departments, FoundCare, Boca Regional and the Palm Beach Zoo were included in distribution.
 
Science Center educators typically spend their days teaching budding scientists to use more than a dozen 3D printers the organization keeps in its Stiles-Nicholson STEM Education Center on site. Chris Ortiz and Chris Pait worked with volunteers and used a web-based CAD (computer-aided design) program ordinarily used to help students learn the skills needed to manipulate 3-dimensional objects in a 2-dimensional workspace.
 
“We were grateful to use the time we were quarantined to help others in our community,” said Kate Arrizza, President and CEO of the Science Center. “Safety is our top priority, and we were happy to step up to fill this great need.”
 
The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation was a major funder of the 3D printing project. “The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation enthusiastically supports the Science Center's mission,” said David Nicholson, a trustee and supporter of the namesake Stiles-Nicholson Foundation. “We owe the improvements in our quality of life to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), and the Science Center is delighted to help our neighbors in this time of need. The 3-D printing of face shields is just a small example of coupling modern technology with creativity to create solutions for today's challenges. The greater the number of students who choose STEM as a career, the faster progress will be made to resolve these medical and other challenges.”
 
The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium, digital planetarium, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” 18-hole conservation-themed Mini Golf Course and quarter mile long outdoor science trail. The newest addition includes a $2.5 million permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain” and features the most advanced neuroscience research and technology in the world. New safety guidelines like social distancing and mask wearing are enforced.
 
For more information on Science Center programming, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.   
 
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