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Idaho Makers for Equity

#IdahoMakersUnite

 

Idaho Makers for Equity, a state-wide initiative highlighting accessibility and inclusion in education, has pivoted to respond to Idaho’s urgent public health need due to the COVID-19 crisis. Announcing the #IdahoMakersUnite project!

Healthcare workers need Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to stay safe and ready to assist others. Hospital workers, first responders, nursing and retirement home staff, doctor’s office personnel, pharmacists, and more rely on these items to keep them healthy! Unfortunately, many of these critical items are in short supply.

You can help! Be part of an army of Idaho Makers providing solutions to keep those on the front lines of care safe and healthy!

Is your facility in need of Personal Protection Equipment? Please complete the short form below so we can connect you with makers who can fulfill your request!

Ready, Set, Make

  1. The first and most important thing you need to do is to contact your local healthcare leaders (assisted living facilities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, county first-responders) and ask them what their specific needs are!
  2. Check out the resources below to determine which option best fits your communities’ needs and what materials are required to begin.
  3. Start making! Assemble a team or go it alone. Send us a picture of your successes! Remember – you can APPLY for funding from the Idaho STEM Action Center to support your making! (Instructions for creating an account and logging into our Grant Portal is on the right side of page. Once logged in, apply through the Idaho Makers Unite-COVID-19 grant opportunity.)

Ways You Can Help!

Tag shared information with #IdahoMakersUnite

Your donation may be eligible for the Idaho Education Tax Credit. Find out more about the Idaho Tax Education Credit benefits.

Already Making and Need Resources? Idaho STEM Action Center is poised to support your local efforts. Click on Apply for Funding below.

Instructions for creating an account and logging into our Grant Portal is on the right side of page. Once logged in, apply through the Idaho Makers Unite-COVID-19 grant opportunity.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP!
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  • Make PPE
  • Resources for Makers
  • Connect with Facilities in Need
  • Share your Maker Story


Idaho STEM Action Center joins The Masks Now Coalition!

#MasksNOW

Do you know how to SEW or have a 3D Printer? Or know someone that does? Make Homemade Face Masks or Face Shields to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some designs being made across the country and world to help fill the need! Each has different properties, uses, and effectiveness, so remember to talk to your local leaders to ensure you are providing the right solution to their challenge.

Things to Remember:

  • Review Health and Safety Guidelines for important information.
  • Provide documentation with each item donated, including information on materials used and directions for care.

Ways of Working

  • Follow the golden rule: wash your hands often & don't touch your face!
  • Wear one of your own masks while you sew, and gloves if you can.
  • If you feel sick, stop work! Take care of yourself, and keep any made masks with you at home.

Face Mask With Ties, Flexible Nose Piece, and Filter Pocket*

Handsewn Fabric MasksThis design is often preferred by healthcare facilities as you can sterilize the outer mask and change the internal filter as needed. As always, check with your local organization to determine actual need before starting your project.

 

MERV13 FILTER MASK (Using Furnace Filters)*

MERV13 Filter MaskThank you to the West Virginia Mask Army for the following pattern, resources, and guidance in making these masks!

 

3D Printed PPE

Alternate N95 Mask - Final3D PRINTED MASK WITH FILTER INSERT (The Montana Mask)*

 

3D PRINTED FACE SHIELD OPTIONS

Salmon Public Library has been printing this face shield for healthcare facilities in their community. They even created a guide for ‘Handling and Care of your PPE” (linked below) to include when you drop off the shields.

Design That Matters Face ShieldDesign That Matters Face Shield DtM-v3.0


3D Printed Surgical Mask Ear Saver3D Printed Mask Extenders-Ear Savers

 

*LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The PPE information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current  global pandemic related to COVID-19 and the related nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment.  Please be aware that these designs are not intended to replace standard protective equipment such as N-95 masks or surgical masks when that equipment is available.  The use of these PPE has not been fully tested and has not been approved by federal or state authorities.

#MasksNOWWhat is The Masks Now Coalition?

The Masks Now Coalition is a grassroots movement of volunteers and their groups, led by nineteen organizers directing over 3,700 volunteers who banded together in response to the urgent national shortage of masks brought on by the novel coronavirus outbreak in America.

Learn more at https://masksnow.org

Request PPE for Your Medical/Healthcare/Essential Workforce

Please complete this form if you represent a medical or health facility or office, retirement/nursing home, restaurant/food service facility or other essential workforce in need of PPE. We are currently serving the Idaho area ONLY.

If you are a larger healthcare facility located in the Treasure Valley, please consider directing your request to the United Way of Treasure Valley.

Request PPE

We review requests daily.  We will work as quickly as possible to find a maker to meet your needs.

Register as a Maker and Share Your Story

Are you a maker already doing great work in your Idaho community or want to get started? Please fill out this form so we can help you connect with facilities in need and share your story of how you are helping in your community!

If you need funding, apply here. (Instructions for applying on right of apply page.)

Already Helping with PPE?

  • Drop files here or

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The PPE information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current  global pandemic related to COVID-19 and the related nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment.  Please be aware that these designs are not intended to replace standard protective equipment such as N-95 masks or surgical masks when that equipment is available.  The use of these PPE has not been fully tested and has not been approved by federal or state authorities.

Idaho Makers for Equity 3D Print Models for Visually Impaired

Looking for our first Idaho Makers for Equity Project? The Idaho STEM Action Center (STEMAC) launched a state-wide initiative highlighting accessibility and inclusion in education. Our first project was a call to action to design and/or print educational 3D models for visually impaired students across the state. Click on the logo below for that first project.

Idaho Makers For Equity

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