Students and volunteers are using machinery at the BeAM makerspaces to create and assemble face shields — aiming to create about 40,000 of them — for employees at UNC Health hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kalleen Kelley, a senior neuroscience and psychology major, is an educational program specialist at BeAM and is doing administrative work with BeAM’s effort in making face shields.
Kelley said the students and volunteers have assembled about 11,000 shields so far and plan to make 10,000 per week for several weeks.
The face shields serve as additional personal protective equipment for health care workers to wear on top of their medical-grade masks, Kelley said.
Each shield is made of a clear plastic panel that covers the face, a foam piece that rests on the forehead, and an elastic band that keeps it secure, said Lindsey Pegram, an employee at BeAM who helps make the components for the shields.