The Face Mask Challenge is an opportunity for students to engage in an interdisciplinary experience in which they are confronted by the complex issue of designing face masks to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this challenge, students will work in teams to tackle one of the issues related to face masks including:
fitting and leakage;
breathing comfort of the material;
design of the mask;
accessible face masks;
sustainable materials; and
ear saver designs.
Through this learning experience, students are offered a variety of workshops and mentoring sessions to develop their prototypes, become resourceful, seek opportunities and expand their network. Once the challenge is complete, students have various opportunities to develop leadership skills.
The outcome of this challenge is to design visual or physical prototypes, document the creativity and inquiry processes through a critical making approach that relies on a variety of sources including scientific literature, professional literature, scientific data and storytelling.