SUPPORTING HAWAII’S HEALTH & SAFETY
Together with leading STEM organizations, community members and students, the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) has been actively working to address the COVID-19 crisis in Hawaii County by helping design and produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders.
PISCES’ efforts are part of a coalition of organizations and volunteers—Hawaii STEM Community Care—which is making face shields, face mask tension relief bands and UV sterilizers. The coalition includes Hawaii Science & Technology Museum, NexTech, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, PISCES and a group of volunteers known as the Big Island Community Coronavirus Response Initiative.
PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
Face shields offer wearers more protection from sneeze and cough droplets that can carry and transmit the Coronavirus. They also extend the life of face masks.
Using a simple design identified by Hawaii firefighter and HSTM director Christian Wong, volunteers are making hundreds of face shields for healthcare workers. Video instructions to make the shields, which can be built using readily available materials, are available here.
Mask Tension Relief Bands
Tension relief bands allow healthcare workers to more comfortably wear their fabric masks, now required throughout their workdays.
Working with Hilo Medical Center staff, PISCES validated and refined a 3D-printed design for mask tension relief bands. More than 2,000 bands have been produced and delivered to Big Island healthcare facilities and the Hawaii Fire Department.
UV sterilizers use ultraviolet wavelengths to kill microbes and can extend the life of face masks.
Working together with Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Director Doug Simons, PISCES built a prototype UV sterilizer box designed by a Colorado firefighter for N95 face masks.
DONATE, VOLUNTEER OR REQUEST PPE
Join us in the fight against COVID-19 on Hawaii Island. Volunteer, provide materials or monetary donations, or request personal protection equipment.