I was always scared of sharing my political views because I was worried that by siding with a single view the people around me would like me less. And many times I feared that I would say something wrong as I try to learn about the world around me and navigate my own political stance. Enough is enough! I can’t stay silent and watch another horrendous murder happen as I yell in anger and frustration to my friends. Me staying publicly silent took the side of the oppressor and I won’t have it any longer. I’ve come a long way from not understanding Black Lives Matter to taking a stance and educating my family members on police brutality and systematic racism. We need change! George Floyd and so many other innocent black Americans have been unjustly killed ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿. How many more need to die for us to change as a country? I urge everyone to educate family members, start conversations, share your support, and change minds. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter
The beauty of 3D-printing 👾 is how conceptual and logical it is. Just by doing the act of 3D-printing and working with a 3D-printer, I learned so many technical concepts that made me a better engineer and entrepreneur. It really is the gateway to engineering, innovation, and so many other things! That’s why I’m so happy to be collaborating with @nycfirstrobotics to create the ‘Demystifying 3D-Printing’ series because EVERYONE should be able to 3D-Print! 🚀
4 of the 7 past few days I spent delivering PPE. The night before each day I am assembling, planning out a route, and figuring out who to donate to. It’s gets intense especially when you throw in finals and running 300 Makers into the mix. It’s not easy to keep up with and its even harder when I get so wrapped up in what needs to be done that I forget why I am doing this in the first place. Seeing it all come together, seeing just how much of a difference this is making in people’s lives, seeing the 3D-printer community rally up like this, and realizing that this will be a turning point for 3D-printing and STEM education, ignites me to push forward and go even harder. • Our amazing organizers, created this video - and its this video that really put it into perspective for me. We were able to donate thousands of PPE, get to 75% of our GoFundMe, establish chapters in Ghana and Mexico, create internal systems to keep our Makers making, collect over 70 notes and drawings from elementary students thanking medical professionals, find suppliers of non-3D-Printed PPE, and so much more. I can’t say this enough, but I am grateful for our team of organizers, the opportunity to lead such kind Makers, and most importantly, to serve and support the medical hero’s of our time.
Good News Wednesday (since I forgot about giving Tuesday 😅)! • We have GREATLY INCREASED our capacity! In just two days we were able to go down from having 30 requests in our queue to only 16! This means we can take on a lot MORE REQUESTS! If you know someone working in a hospital, nursing home, or any medical facility, share the form in my bio with them - an organizer will reach out within 24 hours and arrange a request! • We launched our “Note to a Doctor” program so that ANYONE can support a medical worker by showing some love and encouragement! Here’s a picture of the medical workers at NYU Langone Brooklyn with their notes 💕 “The messages are wonderful! They keep us going!” - Ting Z. Submit your note using the google form in my bio :) • At Makers for COVID-19, it is our mission to fight the PPE shortages and while we are focused on 3D-printed PPE specifically we had to do something when we heard about the devastating lack of medical gowns. To solve this issue (among others), we partnered with @girlstalktech to provide a comprehensive list of suppliers, specifications, and PPE products available for immediate shipment from the US! Need the sheet? It’s linked in my bio! • Please don’t forget to share these resources and links with friends and family! We all need to work together to help as many medical workers as possible!⚡️ • PS: props to @gubean for being so amazing and drawing this 👏🤩
When I first started 3D-printing face shields it would take me 3.5 hours to print each one. On the second iteration, I was able to print a shield every 2.5 hours. As of two hours ago, I am now able to print a shield every 1.25 hours. This improvement alone has made my day, probably even week! 🕺To me, it is also a symbol of just how much I have learned over the past month (it feels like so much longer) that I have been printing PPE and running #MakersForCOVID19. I learned a lot about myself, I learned how to be a good listener and leader (those go hand in hand as I realized), I learned how to react quickly and solve problems, I learned that not everything has to be perfect on my first try, and I learned that I don’t always have to have everything together. On top of all of that, I learned a lot about 3D-printing and made some new friends (250 to be exact 😅) that I can geek out with!
200 PPE delivered to local NYC hospitals this week over 2 runs! Stories to come 🤩 We are successfully mobilizing makers to fulfill large requests coming to us directly from NYU, Mount Sinai, Northwell Health, and Columbia University. We partnered with Asian Students Alliance (@asastonybrook ) of Stony Brook University to have their members join Makers for COVID-19 as volunteer organizers. Thanks to them we can reply to requests and arrange donations within 24 hours! • We launched a guide for anyone to get started making PPE even if you don’t have a 3D-printer! The best part about this guide is that it walks you through what you should be printing based on the type of printer you have. Once a Maker joins our slack an organizer is in touch to offer 1:1 guidance and find the right program within Makers for COVID-19 for them to contribute based on their circumstances! • And check out the live interview that I gave on @pix11news this past Thursday! Link in my bio! • For more updates (because I assure you there are so many more) go to our website and subscribe to our weekly newsletter 🚀📥
At the start of every week, I look forward to Thursday and Friday when I’ll be able to go and deliver PPE that I have been making all week. It makes all the long nights (and early mornings) of coordinating with Makers, developing tools to better fulfill the world’s PPE needs, fundraising and reimbursing our awesome Makers, and 3D printing PPE myself, all worth it! #3dprintingnyc #covi̇d19 #getusppe #getmeppe #girlboss
Needless to say these past few days have been intense, crazy (good), busy, and exciting! • @news12bk & @news12bx interviewed me! Turn on your TV this morning and check it out! • @cnn @msnbc @mountsinainyc got a snapshot of a nurse wearing my red 3D-printed face shield!! • The incredibly kind team at @glowforge @danshapirosea are sending me their laser printer so that I can multiply my face shield production x10. When COVID-19 is over I intend on traveling with my new Glowforge and teaching young women and girls how to laser cut in addition to 3D-printing. Coupled with my @officialcricut , I will be a traveling Makerspace!! @ifthenshecan • Thank you so much to everyone who is supporting me, has donated, or helped find a hospital in need! I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to my community to protect the heroes that are protecting us.
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Hope this brightens your day just like it did for me! I got this picture and video last night after bringing 20+ 3D-printed face shields to a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital of Brooklyn. I can’t put into words how amazing it felt to see this picture, hear the video, and hear from the nurse who said that the shields were comfortable, well needed, and greatly appreciated by all of the other doctors and nurses! Also, for everyone who wrote a note: the doctors and nurses loved it! We did it! Ahhh this is just so amazing ❤️❤️❤️ PS: Let’s keep this up! Please go to the GoFundMe link in my bio, read our story, donate if you can, and reshare!
I am shifting gears to print face shields and I need your help! Along with every donation of a face shield I want to include an encouraging note to the nurse or doctor receiving it. Please comment your message below and I will write each one on a post it note along with your first name, keeping it as anonymous and as cheerful as possible! Thank you in advance for brightening up the day of our world’s heroes!
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And that’s a wrap?!? Freshman year is over (for the most part) and there’s a pandemic going on - shit is pretty crazy. • Lots of reflecting going on in my mind and here’s the conclusion: I’m proud of how I’ve changed and improved my bad habits. But all I can think about is how I wish I worked a little less and had more of a social life. I wish I partied, I wish I made life-long memories, and I wish I let loose. That’s going to be the goal for next year :) • Now, onto to COVID-19. For all of the students who are going to be home for the rest of the semester: 1. Macro 101 - don’t stop spending money, that will worsen our economy into a deeper recession. Support small businesses by buying from them (online stores are small businesses, too). 2. Contact recruiters, start your internship now or find one for the time being. A lot of startups and businesses could use a helping hand during this time. You can be there to help them by interning (free or not). It’s a win win!
So so proud of @thepriscillawang for being a #girlboss and starting her own initiative @girlstalktech where girls can talk about tech and other things (because our lives are more than just tech)! Check out this light up card tutorial linked in @girlstalktech bio 🌟 it’s going to light up your day ;)