November 30

Library

DVDS

Students should have an organized storage space for their robots, making them visible, easily accessible, and able to be charged.

 

Erik’s Prototype:

This prototype is an improvement on the current cart system used to store the robots. Currently, the wires used to charge each robot come out through the front of the cart, although the charging outlets are at the back. This causes the wires to get tangled which makes the robots harder to remove as well as less visually appealing. This prototype displays a cart, but instead of having the wires come out the front, have holes in the back of the cart. This would allow the robots to retain the visibility and accessibility of the cart, while being visually appealing. The wires would also be more organized, making it easier to plug and unplug the robots as well as keeping the robots untangles

 

Lianne’s prototype

My prototype is a more organized way to store the robots. There would be one cart with the same amount of cubbies as robots. Depending on the size of each robot the cubbies will be created to fit each type of robot. The entire cart would be on wheels which isn’t in my prototype but would be incorporated into the final design. Each hole would have a corresponding wire for a corresponding robot. Most of the wires and the charging station would be at the back so it wouldn’t look messy and get tangled.  

 

David’s prototype:

The goal of solving the problem was to make a space where the robot could be visible easily charged accessible and organized. My prototype had a name and color so children of all ages would be able to place the robots back in their correct cubbies. I also created cubbies which makes the robots visible along with a hole in the top to charge the robot. This makes the robot easily charged accessible and organized.

 

Feedback questions:

  • Is the moving cart aspect the best design? Do they need to be able to move?

Questions:

  • How many robots of each type are there?
  • How old are these users of the robots?
  • What are the dimensions of each type of robot?
  • How long are the charging cables?
November 30

Room 2

For Room 2, the teacher needs to be able to use the wall to organize all of the toys in order for the whole room to be used efficiently. We thought of fifty ideas and chose three different ideas to prototype. One of the ideas was to have different sized shelves on the wall which have white boards on the front so the shelves are interactive and you can write what is on each shelves. This idea makes it easy to find the toys and separates them by different uses. Would the whiteboards be distracting and would it be better to have a chalkboard instead of a whiteboard? The second idea was to have a collapsible shelf so that it can be used when needed and can be put away when it is not being used. The shelf is easy to use by hooking and unhooking the clasp from the hook. Would the collapsible shelf be too difficult in the classroom space and are there any suggestions of how to simplify the collapsing process? Lastly, we had an idea to make an interactive wall where the kids can measure themselves on the wall and can play with the fur spots on the wall. Additionally, the toys can be organized on to the wall by pulling tight strings and putting the toys under or by using baskets on the wall. Would this be too distracting in the classroom or are there any other features that would be preferable to add to the interactive wall? To sort through our ideas, could you ask the teacher if the storage problem with the toys was also an issue for the teacher and if they had any preferences that should be considered?

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DDa9AYR9dzDj5I83PQw19FQ0cNFpftrb

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1T6o9BNuOclJc6Aqd_iQQOrQE56_C9wU

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cefm0YumEsynXbZLePK0AGjaqIbum-XY

November 29

New Meeting Room

Our goal is to eliminate the long line in the lunch room every day, and streamline the whole overall lunch experience in the school.

Our idea is to separate the one hour lunch period into two half hour periods, one for lunch and one for recess. Half of the students would go to to lunch first, and half would go to recess. There would be two lunch options available to all students. The students parents will buy the meal for the students the week before the lunch period. There would be two lines for the two different meals, with a picture of the meal being served in front of the line. The lines would operate on a rotating system, where the student first in the lunch line one day would be last in the line the next day.

 

My prototype is a wristband that creates a more practical line system for the kids in the lunchroom. When the parents order the food for the kid through the app, they insert a colored card with a picture of the kids’ food for the day into the bracelet. During the lunch period, the kids go into lines based on color of their wristband so that the lines go quicker and the system is more efficient.

 

My prototype is a bracelet with a clear slot to slip in a the bracelet. The kids would pick numbers out of a hat and slip them into the bracelet to determine their spots in line. This would help equalize and streamline the lines in the cafeteria

 

My prototype is a simple menu which shows the meal of the day. There is both a picture and a description of the meal and children can choose whether or not they want to bring lunch that day. The menu can be found online and in the cafeteria.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CXenkW-yuEubozgkkq1p0j5ESJuYNEIp/view?usp=sharing

November 29

Old Meeting Room

Hi guys! Great job! We really liked your idea about the bigger font and the pictures for the younger kids. You guys did a really good job finding out who to design for, and what the main issue is. If you watch the video we made, we had some similar ideas. Because you guys are practicing how to be real life entrepreneurs and designers, the next step is to redesign your problem. Feel free to use inspiration from our designs and try to make them even better. Great job guys!

November 21

Thinking About Prototyping

Hi High School buddies! How’s the project going? Have you made any prototypes yet? We sketched out our ideas for possible solutions in the Edgewood spaces. You can take a look at our drawings in this folder. We are going to try to make prototypes soon. We’re thinking of making our models out of cardstock or using Tinkercad to design 3D models. We’re looking forward to seeing your ideas. Good luck with your work!

January 3

Have you noticed how big the moon is right now?

I have noticed the moon for several nights; it is so big and so bright.  When you lie in bed at night, it looks like someone has switched on a light outside.  As I drove to work early this morning, I could still see the moon and it was huge and round.  I can’t remember seeing it look so big. ‘“Supermoons” happen when a full Moon is closest to the Earth, appearing bigger and brighter than normal.’ – CBBC, January 3rd 2018.

Have you heard the saying, “Once in a blue moon”?  I just found out what it means – it means you have a supermoon twice in one month.  The second supermoon of the month is called the blue moon.  It doesn’t happen often, which is what the saying means.  This month however we’re going to have a Super Bluemoon  which is a supermoon and a bluemoon.  Wow!

 

December 4

Floating Trash

Every year humans discard their trash which winds up in waterways around the world. Here is a video on one such “floating trash island” in the Caribbean Sea. What else can we learn about floating trash islands? Take a few moments to help the class crowdsource Internet resources to understand this “water catastrophe” (according to Evie).

April 5

Perseverance

Perseverance is an important character trait. It means having enough self control and drive to keep trying; without it we would give up too easily and not grow to reach our potential. It is not easy to persevere when things are difficult – perhaps your school work is difficult, or a friendship you’re trying to maintain is difficult, or you want to do a particular activity but it’s difficult. There are lots of things in our lives that are hard and having perseverance means you accept that it’s hard but you keep on trying.

 

April 4

Writing Poetry

Recently we have been writing poetry.  We considered thoughtful descriptions, figurative language, line breaks and punctuation.  It has been fun sharing our poems; listening to each others’ has inspired even more poems to be written.  

Tree

Standing tall
dark green
dappled
with deep shadow.
Glimpses of sunlit boughs
as the wind
stirs your branches;
tickling your leaves
you tremble with great majesty.

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