IHS students, teacher making mask bands

IHS students, teacher making comfort 'bands' for masks
Posted on 04/14/2020

Two Irondequoit High School students and one teacher have been working hard to help healthcare workers and anyone who needs to wear a mask for long hours during this global health crisis. They are making comfort bands to connect to the sides of a mask. Instead of the elastic straps on the mask tugging around someone’s ears for hours, it connects to the band placed at the back of their head.

Senior Garrett Hawn-Pangrazio and junior Cara Saunders each have 3-D printers at home needed to make the bands. They researched on the internet how to do it. Joe Rivellino, who teaches at IHS and Dake Junior High School, is using printers from each school to make his. As of Monday, he had made more than 600 bands to distribute. He teaches seventh-grade technology and Robotics & Automation and Architectural Engineering at IHS.

“I’ve always had a passion for engineering, design and just making things,” Saunders says.

Hawn-Pangrazio says it takes nearly 90 minutes for him to print a set of five bands. Rivellino has been printing 24 at a time, a dozen on each printer. Both students have taken his courses. Saunders wants to study mechanical or civil engineering in college. Hawn-Pangrazio is headed to RIT to study computer science and physics.

“They’re both superstars,” Rivellino said.

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