INDUSTRIOUS… Bryce Priebe with some of the 200 plastic straps he produced on his 3D printer.
WHS student helping healthcare providers by creating part that makes mask-wear comfortable
By Annette Christie It started as a complaint from a family friend in nursing and has grown to one young man’s mission to help out community health care providers. Bryce Priebe, 16, was asked to help nurses to get the mask up off their ears. The long days of wearing a mask was making their ears so sore that some nurses were wearing tissues to cushion their ears. An innovative young man, Priebe researched designs and put his 3D printer expertise to work. He has relatively quickly made almost 200 straps and plans on more with an extra two donated machines and the next order of filament (the product used to make them). They can be ordered by going to https://forms.gle/qnUWNrXWzg6BDf9. Priebe is not charging healthcare workers. He first began his work with the printers as he built parts for drones. He is a drone racer whose goal was to build parts that he could print himself. His success was rewarded by being sponsored by Cyclone FPV Drone. He also manufactures drone parts for other drone pilots. Currently a sophomore at Watervliet High School, he would like to go to college at Texas A&M and major in electrical engineering. He is son of Chad and Nicki Priebe.
What are the warning signs that someone may become an animal kidnapper? A belief that animal mothers care for their offspring every minute of every day. A belief in the myth that animal mothers reject babies that have been touched by humans. An overwhelming urge to save a baby. An incomplete knowledge of wildlife biology and needs. Every spring nature centers and wildlife rehabilitators are overwhelmed by well-intentioned animal kidnappers. These kidnappers believe they are rescuing orphaned animal babies. However, most of the time these babies are not truly babies or not truly abandoned. An independent animal does not mean a fully-grown animal. Four-inch long rabbits and quarter-sized turtles are fully capable of caring for themselves… in the place they grew up in. Take them out of that area and they won’t know where food or shelter is. Many animal moms leave their young alone in nests or carefully chosen safe spots. They only visit them two or three times a day. The small amount of contact reduces the babies’ chances of acquiring a scent that a predator could discover. Take them away from their best teacher (mom) and they will have an exceptionally challenging time learning how to forage or hunt and survive. Don’t be an animal kidnapper! Call for help FIRST. You can find phone numbers for licensed wildlife rehabilitators on the State of Michigan website at https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/dlr/. Sarett Nature Center is not a licensed rehabilitation center and cannot take in animals.