n95 Mask Project
Calling all entrepreneurs with a sewing machine!
The Centre for Neuro Skills needs help making substitute n95 masks using cotton fabric and a .3 micron polypropylene filter insert harvested from air conditioner filters. The idea for using HEPA air conditioner filters for the .3 micron polypropylene in the masks (the same material used in n95 masks) came from Jason Monaco, a local engineer/entrepreneur was working with as an expert advisor to deploy some Amazon Web Services credits awarded by the CSU recently to our CSUB Student & Faculty Venture Incubator.
This was an “on the side” innovation Jason came up with in the middle of all the other projects he was working on when he noticed that Home Depot had no masks on the shelves but huge piles of air conditioner filters, which contain the same .3 micron polypropylene as n95 masks. The cool thing about our masks is that they can be washed/sterilized each day and re-used, and the polypropylene can be swapped out when it gets old or too full of virus particles or other contaminants!
Our April 2020 project, our delivered over 4,000 masks to help save lives at the height of the pandemic. Woohoo!
COVID-19 is not over & neither are we!!
We'd still like to deliver about 1,000 more masks, and we'd love your help!
Who will our Phase 2 WINNERS be?
1st Place - $200 for delivering the most masks
2nd Place - $150 for delivering the next highest number
3rd Place - $100 for delivering the 3rd highest number
4th and 5th Places - $50 each for delivering the 4th and 5th highest number
Here’s what you need to do:
Watch the following video link describing the details of the sewing process.
Call James Knowles, Facility Administrator for the Centre for Neuro Skills, at 661-619-3171. DO NOT TEXT. CALL.
Tell James that you are from CSUB and want to help with the mask project.
James will provide all the other materials you need, and you can pick them up at 6519 Woodmere Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93313.
When you arrive at the address, you will see two identical fountains and a circle going past the fountains. Pull up into the circle and call James so he can get you the materials.
Have a working sewing machine.
Phase 1 WINNERS (April 13, 2020)
$400 to Dusty Rose Forty - delivered 300 masks
$300 to Daniela Miramontes - delivered 246 masks
$200 to Sarai Meza - delivered 235 masks
$100 to Zoya Shaheen - delivered 200 masks
$100 to Jasmine Ashraf - delivered 200 masks
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!!!
MAKE SURE TO TELL JAMES YOU ARE FROM CSUB SO THAT YOU’RE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRIZE MONEY!
Details subject to change. Please check back on this page for project updates.