COVID-19 RESPONSE

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY’S HEALTH & SAFETY

Together with leading STEM organizations, community members and students, we are working to address the COVID-19 crisis in Hawaiʻi by designing and producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders. 

Our efforts are part of a coalition of organizations and volunteers—Hawaii STEM Community Care—that are making face shields, face mask tension relief bands and UV sterilizers. The coalition includes Hawaii Science & Technology MuseumNexTechCanada-France-Hawaii Telescope, PISCES and a group of volunteers known as the Big Island Community Coronavirus Response Initiative.

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Face Shields

Face shields offer wearers more protection from sneeze and cough droplets that can carry and transmit Coronavirus. They also extend the life of face masks.

Using a simple design identified by Hawaiʻi firefighter and HSTM director Christian Wong, volunteers are making hundreds of face shields for healthcare workers. Instructions on how 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—items now required throughout their workdays.

Working with Hilo Medical Center staff, we 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 Hawaiʻi Fire Department.

 

UV Sterilizer

UV sterilizers use ultraviolet wavelengths to kill microbes and can extend the life of face masks.

Working together with CFH Telescope director Doug Simons, we 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 Hawaiʻi Island. Volunteer, provide materials or monetary donations, or request PPE.