Miss Elliott is working on the project alongside colleagues Stefan Slater and Mhairi McAinsh, with the support of the school’s technology and art departments. They are able to create four visors every 20 minutes.
One of those to benefit is pharmacist Jonathan Burton, who runs the Right Medicine Pharmacy branch on the University campus.
He said: “Pharmacies are on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic and it’s vital that our staff – like those working in our hospitals – have PPE to protect themselves from risk.
“We heard that Larbert High had started to produce this equipment – so we put in an order, and it arrived today. The masks are good quality and they will provide our staff with important protection in their interactions with patients.
“We are hugely grateful to the staff at the school for helping frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19 – and it’s great to hear that the University has also thrown its support behind the initiative with the donation of these 3D printers."
The University’s 3D printers are normally located in the library and are used by both staff and students for a range of projects. On hearing of the Larbert High initiative, Professor Leigh Sparks, Deputy Principal (Education and Students), and Richard Aird, Head of Customer Service, contacted the school to offer the University’s devices.
Professor Sparks said: “This is a challenging time for everyone, however, it is great to see communities come together to help one another through this crisis. At the University of Stirling, we are proud of our ethos that encourages staff, students and alumni to make a difference – and we are delighted to see the same values run strong across Forth Valley.
“The phenomenal efforts of staff at Larbert High in helping to protect our frontline workers is commendable – and we are pleased to be able to support this important work through the donation of 3D printers and filament. We wish the team all the best as their initiative continues.”
He added: “The University sends its thoughts and wishes to all of those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – and to all of those frontline key workers helping to protect us from harm.”