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Cobb Middle School using 3D printer to make plastic ear bands for protective masks

Posted at 7:21 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 19:21:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Cobb Middle School wanted to help those on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, so they're using what they know.

Cobb is a science and technology magnet school with 3-D printers that they weren't using after classes went online.

Now, they're printing plastic "ear bands."

The bands work as straps to connect to masks, making them more comfortable to wear.

The school is giving them to healthcare workers at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

"We are keenly aware of our community, and we are a community school," said Sarah Hembree, Cobb Middle School Principal. "We're smack-dab in the middle of the town and you can almost see TMH from where we are, and being a community school it's important to give back."

If you happen to have any filament plastic, that's the kind used to make the bands, the school is asking for donations so they can keep making more.