Designing Bandages

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Learners design different shaped bandages for different purposes. First, they draw their designs on paper. Then, they cut out different shapes from pieces of gauze and tape them to different parts of the body. The activity includes eight different design challenges (potentially for eight different groups), and each challenge gives different constraints that might affect how the bandage is designed. The lesson also includes information on the inventor of the Band-Aid bandage, and the history of germs. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • Medical tape (1 roll per group)
  • Rolls or large squares of gauze (2 squares per student)
  • Scissors (1 per student)
  • Pencil
  • Paper


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Medical Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Viruses and Bacteria
    • Human Body
      • Medicine
      • Immune System
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation ESI, 0206403