11 year-old boy creates dozens of visors at home with 3D printer for NHS workers
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11 year-old boy creates dozens of visors at home with 3D printer for NHS workers

'We're very proud. His headteacher gave him a Head’s commend, and he was mentioned in the newsletter,' his mum said

Alex Courts
Alex Courts

A tech-savvy 11 year-old boy in Edgware has created dozens of visors for health workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

Alex Courts, who attends Belmont Mill Hill Prep School, is producing face visors at home using the 3D printer he received for his birthday in October last year.

By adding plastic extensions to the shield’s straps, Alex found a creative way to alleviate some of the pressure on the wearer’s ears.

School staff members, together with some pupils, have produced and delivered hundreds of visors and sewn drawstring bags and scrubs for several hospitals and surgeries across London.

Alex’s “proud” mum Donna, of Stanmore shul, told Jewish News on Wednesday: “All the printers at school are being used for it, and he asked whether he could get involved.

“He’s had the 3D printer going day and night. We took some to the hub, which is at Queen Elizabeth School, and delivered them there, and then they are distributing them to the NHS hospitals and surgeries that are needing them.”

Alex Courts standing next to his beloved 3D printer

Alex, whose older sister Chloe has also been doing her bit by baking for charity, has produced 28 visors donated to NHS staff and intends to keep his 3D printer going until he “is told to stop or he runs out of the filament,” his mum said.

The Year 6 pupil, who according to his mum aspires to become a designer or an inventor, has also produced key-rings using his 3D printer for his grandparents, Amanda and Warren Eglash. “He’s a very unassuming little boy. We’re very proud. His headteacher gave him a Head’s commend, and he was mentioned in the newsletter and on social media, and it’s very, very sweet,” she added.

 

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