What Sets Us Apart
To support the worldwide effort to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health care professionals and those workers exposed to possible contagion during this crisis, The TASIS Dorado STEAM Fab Lab team and student Tomás Navedo, class of 2023, have partnered with University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture's Fab Lab to produce face shields that are being donated to those who need them.
Cristina Centeno, TASIS Dorado STEAM Fab Lab Manager and Technology Instructor with her team now is partnering with UPR Fab Lab producing 3D printed PPE face shields.
Using 3D printers and clear plastic sheets, we are producing this critical protection for health professionals in hospitals and emergency rooms plus hospitalized cancer patients and other vulnerable community workers such as the police. This week we have produced more than a hundred, and with the arrival of more materials early next week, we will continue to work to fill the more than 400 requests received! We are proud to be working to support our community on the front lines fighting against this COVID-19 virus.
To request PPE face shields for health professionals in need, please contact Ms. Susan Fiallo at email@example.com. We are currently receiving many requests and will provide them as quickly as possible.
TASIS Dorado 9th-grade student Tomás Navedo '23, at home with his equipment, is part of the team producing 3D printed face shields.
Surgeon Dr. Luis Bonilla using one of the 3D printed face shields
By Susan Fiallo and Michelle Yegros
Photo credits: Tomás Navedo, TASIS Dorado STEAM Fab Lab, UPR Fab Lab
MARIANA GONZÁLEZ '20 wins National Honor Society Scholarship
We're proud to announce that, MARIANA GONZÁLEZ, a member of the senior class of 2020, has been selected as an NHS Scholarship recipient. Mariana was chosen from nearly 7,000 applicants and as a National Semifinalist, she will receive a scholarship in the amount of $3,200 toward higher education. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Mariana is the current NHS president and an AP Scholar with Distinction. As an NJHS member, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award. Also, she has won several awards in the National French Contest (Levels 1 -5) including three gold medals. Besides her impressive academic and personal accomplishments, she is committed to service in her community, especially with sign language for the deaf community.
Join us in congratulating Mariana along with her NHS moderator Tamara Texidor on this remarkable accomplishment!
#TDBearPride #Futuready #NHS @td_nhs
Hospital tests 3D printed ventilator parts as TASIS Dorado joins COVID-19 fight
As the number of patients in critical condition from the coronavirus increases, mechanical ventilation is needed to provide sufficient oxygen into the lungs and body. Ventilator machines are limited in quantity, and hospitals can run out of machines faster than they can order new devices. The TASIS School in Dorado is joining other institutions around the world to explore using 3D printed splitters that allow multiple COVID-19 patients to access a single ventilator to combat the coronavirus in Puerto Rico.
3D printed splitters that allow multiple COVID-19 patients to access a single ventilator are being designed and 3D printed at TASIS Dorado and tested at HIMA San Pablo Hospital.
Ms. Susan Fiallo, Director of Curriculum and Special Programs at TASIS Dorado said "Dr. Emily Rosellini, a member of our TD community, is working with our STEAM Fab Lab, led by Ms. Cristina Centeno, M.Arch., on 3D printing prototypes for multi-valve connections for ventilators so more than one person can be connected to a ventilator at a time. Because of the severe shortage of ventilators in hospitals, this is something that other people around the country are also working on during this crisis. Dr. Rosellini is being very proactive here in Puerto Rico and has approached the school and asked if we could work with them on providing 3D printed devices for this purpose. Ms. Cristina has already worked on the prototype, researched, and adapted some designs to the needs this doctor has brought to us. Several prototypes based on an open-source design were printed and are now being evaluated at the Hospital HIMA San Pablo."
Ms. Cristina Centeno joined TASIS Dorado in 2015, as part of the team that originated and designed the STEAM Fab Lab Program. She has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design, a Masters of Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, and a Master of Advanced Design and Digital Architecture, from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Before leading the Fab Lab at TASIS Dorado, she worked in the Fab Lab at the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture and the prototype workshop at the Elisava School of Design in Barcelona.
Ms. Cristina is joined in the Fab Lab team by Paola Álvarez, industrial and interior designer, who has also been collaborating with the production of 3D printed pieces.
Ms. Cristina Centeno, TASIS Dorado STEAM Fab Lab Manager and Technology Instructor, is designing 3D printed splitters to be used on hospital ventilators.
"We are currently evaluating both original and open-source designs, working with Dr. Rosellini to validate their functionality and determine adjustments to be made. The team is also reaching out to multiple institutions with access to rapid prototyping to increase the production of these parts. The adapters we are 3D printing will allow a ventilation system that would normally serve one person to be expanded up to four patients with similar conditions," Ms. Cristina stated.
"For all of us, we are proud and more than willing to contribute to dealing head-on with this crisis and we are very thankful to the doctor for having the confidence to come to us." Ms. Fiallo concluded.
UPDATE: The TASIS School in Dorado TASIS Dorado is pleased to report that this project continues with another company and already is in production according to our contacts.
Lia Fortuño, class of 2021, has been assisting Ms. Centeno by operating the 3D printers.
Posted by Michelle Yegros
Photo credits: Michelle Yegros, Cristina Centeno
Continuity of Student Learning Plan
TASIS Dorado Distance Learning Hub
The TASIS School in Dorado is following the CDC recommendation of planning and preparing for the possibility of a community-level outbreak of COVID-19 or any community pandemic requiring the suspension of classes for an extended period. The following document outlines our plan for approaching online and off-campus learning for our PPK-12th grade students. This plan is differentiated based on the age range of our students, and if ever needed to be implemented, there may need to be adjustments depending on circumstances.