DIY Face Masks
Hosted by: UT Austin American Chemical Society
Visit our Booth: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
The Challenge: Create a DIY face mask that can be used for regular use.
- cloth material like a bandana or old t-shirt - choose a breathable and washable fabric with at least two layers (or make your mask have at least two layers); ensure you have enough fabric to cover your mouth and nose completely with no open gaps in the side
- hair ties or rubber bands
- a pair of scissors
Instructions: Check out the video on the Activity Video tab for a demonstration and instructions to make your own Face Mask.
Share your completed design on Flipgrid.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine? The scientific community recommends the usage of face masks to avoid the spread of COVID-19 -- an infamous enemy of the body. Face masks limit the transmission of COVID-19 because:
- When a person coughs, sneezes, or talks, tiny water droplets are expelled.
- Any viruses or bacteria inside these droplets can diffuse through the air, reaching objects and other people.
- Face masks trap these droplets and subsequently curb the spread of dangerous pathogens.
Check out the DIY demonstration and instructions video above to make your own Face Mask.
Here are some Do's and Don't's for wearing your DIY Face Mask:
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before wearing your mask
- The mask should cover both your nose and mouth
- Ensure the mask does not leave any open gaps in the sides
- Only use the elastics to take off your mask
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after removing the mask
- Do not touch the mask when you are wearing it
- Do not wear the mask under your nose
- When taking it off, do not touch the fabric part of the mask
Here's how to wash your mask (as per CDC Guidelines):
- Put your used mask in with the regular laundry
- Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
- Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry