Episode 38: How Do You Make a Mask That Works?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Pamela, McCauley, industrial engineer and Associate Dean at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Pamela McCauley is an internationally recognized Industrial Engineering researcher, STEM advocate, university leader,
seasoned entrepreneur, innovator and experienced federal Program Director. As an Industrial Engineering researcher, she is
known for accomplishments in the development of fuzzy set theory based mathematical models, human engineering, ergonomics, biomechanics as well as engineering leadership and women’s leadership in STEM. She is also an acclaimed keynote speaker, a dedicated Professor, and Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. From 2018 -2020, she served as the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program Director. Dr. McCauley previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She is the author of over 100 technical papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and the best-selling ergonomics textbook, Ergonomics: Foundational Principles, Applications, and Technologies. Many of her leadership, diversity, innovation and STEM education related keynote talks draw from her research-based book; Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration and Strategies for Women, which examines the growing need for leadership and innovation in America,
particularly among women and STEM professionals. To inspire students to consider careers in STEM, particularly minorities and females, she authored, Winners Don’t Quit…Today they Call Me Doctor. Dr. McCauley is an award-winning educator and her teaching efforts have resulted in the receipt of both the College of Engineering Award for Excellence in UndergraduateTeaching and the Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP). She is also the recipient of the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year
Award for Educational Leadership and the Promotion of College-Level Education.


Dr. McCauley working in the ergonomic lab.





What is Ergonomics? 






Super Mask Evaluator Challenge

1. Does it completely COVER their nose, mouth, and rest on the chin on the bottom? (i.e., does it come up to at least the middle part of the bridge of the nose; is it sagging and not touching the bottom of the chin?)
2. Do the ear loops fit COMFORTABLY behind the ears? (i.e., are the ears being pulled forward or does the ear loop appear to be pulled too tight or strained)
3. Do the sides of the mask TOUCH the face to form a snug fit that keeps anything from entering the mask on the sides?

Draw or take a picture of the mask.

With your parents permission, send us your findings via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR

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If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment below, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a FREE copy of the book listed below.


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Book List:

How to Be an Engineer (Careers for Kids) by Carol Vorderman  (DK)

Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel: with Hands-On Engineering Activities by Laura Perdew (Author), Micah Rauch (Illustrator)– (Nomad Press)

Black Women in Science: A Black History Book for Kids by PhD Kimberly Brown Pellum (Rockridge Press)

RAD GIRL Revolution: The Children’s Book for Little Girls with BIG Dreams! 
by Sharita Manickam (Author), Jennifer Elliott Bruno (Photographer)

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