The UHS Tech Ed department came together, while at home, to do their part to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the guidance of Mr. Mike Berkiehiser, Mr. Steve Ortega and Mr. Neil Linkmeyer, UHS students made protective face shields for local medical professionals to use during this stressful time. This project came to life after Dr. Sanville connected with Dr. Uejima at Nemours/A.I. duPont, who loved the idea and recommended that an open-source design would best meet their needs.
Students in the Tech Ed program at UHS signed up to make 100 shields each - however, some students made more! The materials were packaged into kits for each student and included the open-source design and instructions for them to follow. The response from the students was overwhelming, and for some, the project became a family activity!
In the end,1,800 face shields were donated to Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital For Children. This unique project took thoughtful coordination and execution. The District commends the efforts of the UHS staff and students who made this possible - continuing our theme for the year of Service Above Self...even during these difficult times. #UCFCares
It should also be noted that Unionville High School was named a 2020 STEM School of Excellence by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). ITEEA recognizes outstanding schools for their commitment to providing a robust Integrative STEM education program. Unionville High School was recognized for exemplifying outstanding leadership in the field of STEM education. Congratulations to Mr. Berkiehiser, Mr. Ortega, and Mr. Linkmeyer and the UHS students on earning this outstanding distinction!