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Middle Schoolers design WHO-compliant face masks

With the Danish government requiring face masks on all public transport, some of our design class students are in the beginning stages of creating their own face masks. “Investigation requires a few things,” Design Teacher Sameera explains. “You all have a moodboard in your notebook and I’m also expecting a mind map which shows all of the research questions that a designer asks or needs to investigate. You will look at the WHO guidelines and test against those. You will test out various materials and decide which will be good for creating face masks.”

The students are all enjoying the early stages of their design. “We are researching the best materials to make a face mask and what we want it to look like. We made a mind map about what necessary things are needed to make a successful face mask,” Carmen explains about the research process. “For example, we need the right material, it has to be breathable, and it has to have the right measurements. The face mask also needs to follow WHO guidelines while still appealing to the client.”

“With a face mask, it can't be loose and it can't be wet. That allows germs and bacteria to get in and that doesn't help protect anyone,” Carleigh shares about what she has learned. “You can't use one layer because that isn't as effective.”

“We are investigating the guidelines,” comments Samuel. “I was surprised that I need three layers instead of two.” “The middle layer needs to be a hydrophobic layer to make sure no water gets through,” David adds. Both Samuel and David agree that it is a very intricate design.

We are eager to see their projects go from the research phase to the final project.