Please read this story and respond to the questions at the end:
Sondra is planning a birthday party. Her parents have set a limit of 15 kids, so she can’t invite everyone she’d like. Two kids who were not invited — Jesse and Maya — overhear the plans. They decide to spread mean rumors about Sondra using an anonymous messaging app. They say things like:
“Sondra is so not cool not sure why anyone would go to her filthy house.”
“I heard Sondra is having fruit instead of cake. Yuk!”
“Sondra is totally boring and I don’t know why anyone would go to her party.”
They encourage the students who were invited to the party to add reasons to why Sondra “isn’t cool” and tell them not to go to her party. When Sondra logs onto the app and sees the messages, her stomach sinks. She feels hurt and embarrassed and doesn’t know who’s posting the messages. She tells her parents she’s sick so she won’t have to go to school the next day. She even thinks about canceling her party.
- If you were Sondra, what would you do to try to stop the cyberbullying?
- If you were one of Sondra’s friends, how could you be an upstander in the situation?
Hey guys! We love your ideas so far and would like to work together to come up with one final design that can make the lunch line in the New Meeting run more smoothly. We have few questions for you – if you guys don’t know the answer to these questions it would be super helpful if you could ask your teachers or any other people in your school. First of all, who prints the receipts and do the teachers have access to them? Are we able to change the font and add pictures on the receipt? Will the school need to use more aids and or staff members to supervise kids during the split lunch and recess? Do we need to talk to the principal about changing this process? If so, would it be possible for you guys to go down to the principal’s office and talk to him about our new idea? We hope you guys are having fun with the design process, and we can’t wait to hear from you guys again soon! -Chris, Jess, Josh, and Brooke
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.
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!
Four Edge Blog Entries
- State your problem statement.
- Mr. Gluck and his students need to find a way to organize the storage in the classroom in a way that makes a more productive learning environment.
- New Proposed Statement: Mr. Gluck and his students need to find a way to organize the boxes in a way that makes obtaining materials more efficient.
- When we went back to design for the original problem statement, it was difficult because of the magnitude of the organizing needed in the room.
- Specific Prototype Information per person.
- Damian’s Prototype: Hanging Box, it would greatly reduce clutter around the walls and save a lot of space at the level the students are interacting. Boxes would be hanging from the ceiling, so it would keep the storage material out of the hands of the students and would be safely secured.
- Brendan’s Prototype: The boxes along the wall will be accessible from the front of each box. Each box will have a drop-down door from the front. There will be a ladder that slides from one side of the stack to the other. In front of the pile will be a garage-door like sheet that can go up only when the materials need to be accessed. At the bottom, there will be a lock on the door, so only Mr. Gluck with the key can determine when it opens and closes.
- George’s Prototype: The items from the boxes along the wall will be moved into storage compartments underneath the chairs. The chairs will essentially be boxes with a backrest, and they will utilize a lot of unused space. A larger version would do something similar with the tables by transfering many of the items next to the wall of boxes to the underside of the tables.
- Michelle’s Prototype: It consists of an organized wall of boxes, with each individual drawer being able to slide in and out for easier access, especially for the boxes on the bottom. There is also a curtain that covers the drawers when they’re not being in use that is able to slide up and down to make the room feel less occupied and comfortable for the students.
- Is obtaining materials what we should focus on?
- What materials are necessary to be stored in the room?
- What quantity of stuff needs to be stored?
- How heavy would the heaviest box be?
- Are there materials that would be better stored in a non-box shaped container?
- Would it be possible to hang something from the ceiling? How could it be done? Is there a maximum weight the ceiling could support?
- What elements or things do you like about our designs? Why? What parts could be improved and why?
- Would it be possible to alter the walls(drill/glue)? Or would we have to make more temporary solutions?
- What’s the width and height of the space that the boxes take up currently?
Hi SUPER PENGUINS!
Point of View Statement: All students need a way to efficiently find their item in the lost and found in a way that makes them happy and less stressed because it is less of a hassle
Our Solution Ideas:
- A pinwheel with shelves that never goes upside down that spin on an axis would spin similar to a ferris wheel. (shelves do not go upside down)
- Cubies are attached to a large wheel that can spin (can go upside down)
Which do you think is more important: easy visibility or stuff not falling?
Do you think a wheel would be helpful, or would it be a distraction?
How do you feel about the fact that the items will spin? Why?
Do these solutions address your primary concerns regarding the lost and found?
Is there anything you would like to change about these ideas?
We hope that you like our ideas!
Brooke Paykin, Margaret Kantor, Aliza Klein
How can we make the Lost and Found a more appealing and efficient space for all users.
- Briefly explain the different prototypes you made:
- The first prototype divides the clothing, shirts and pants, as well as the different items, such as jewelry, water bottles, and schools supplies. The boxes divided the foldable clothes while the hooks allow the jackets and coats to hang. This space is colorful and appealing to users. It draws attention with its bright colors and large LOST AND FOUND sign.
- The next prototype is similar to the previous one, except that it focuses more on dividing items rather than clothing. It is closer to the ground and consists of different slots to hold the lost items so they aren’t lying around in a pile on the floor. There are also small labels above each slot to sort the items into their own categories.
- Another prototype was a foldable wall that opens to make the space larger and more efficient. It has raised edges and a large recessed area for hanging coats, jackets, sweatshirts, or other items. The idea is to extend the available wall space while taking up as little physical space as possible. Having more area to store hanging items should improve the organization and overall appeal of the area.
- Ask for feedback through specific questions. If you all prototyped versions of the same idea, ask them which features they liked-get them to compare and contrast.
- Do you think that the space is efficient? Do the boxes properly organize and divide the clothing?
- Would you like for the clothing to be divided by gender, color, size?
- Would you like to extend the size of the space or incorporate the wall to a larger extent?
- What other aspects could we add to the space to make it more decorative and appealing?
- Do you think there are better solutions to deal with hanging items? Are hooks the best device to use?
- What is an ideal height for the slots/dividers? Do you prefer the dividers closer to the ground?
- How large can we make the dividers? What is the biggest we can make the slots without taking up too much space?
- Do you like the idea of slots or should there be another way to sort the clothes?
Video 1- Liz: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6q_nAB0q3chNDNLcDBQM0lRSXpFaU44Y2JTanJ6b2RYQVUw
Video 2- Ben: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6q_nAB0q3chWXQxUDBvRjBTb0c3UEdRem4ydkdkU0ZmYkk4
Video 3- Narain: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6q_nAB0q3chZzU2aXVFQ1F6SlFwQnMtT0c3TktzRHpPZmNF
1. Kindergarteners need a better way to organize their headphones which is more sanitary and more accessible.
Reza Merchant: In the first prototype, I created a cabinet with an Ultraviolet Light at the top in order to disinfect the headphones. Additionally, I created racks going from wall to wall of the cabinet to store the headphones. There were also slots in the bottom of the box for the wires to hang out. The cabinet could potentially be on wheels at an adjustable height. https://drive.google.com/a/scarsdaleschools.org/file/d/1e3AfovT8qYSXhbghQyYkyuL_UsL2yQTW/view?usp=sharing
Justin Blieden: In the second prototype, I created an enclosed shelf to attach to the wall. The top is closed off with a Uv light hanging from it. The UV light will destroy the bacteria and keep the headphones clean. 2 headphones rack emerge from the sides which serve as the place where the headphones will rest. In order to organize the wires I made holes in the bottom of the shelf where the wires will hang and remain un tangled. https://drive.google.com/a/scarsdaleschools.org/file/d/1DvzdiaZLBS6gMNi0JNqmlN2RnhMWCMWz/view?usp=sharing
Ward Bandsma: In the third prototype, I created a cart with an ultraviolet light at the top. The ultraviolet light will shine down on the headphones and kill any bacteria that managed to latch on. The headphones will be hung on racks around the cart, and the wires will hang down to the ground. I could potentially add another rack under the headphone rack with holes in it to seperate the wires from the headphones. https://drive.google.com/a/scarsdaleschools.org/file/d/1ves5A3bk88os-s2oewebP8tmsvziogoi/view?usp=sharing
- Which of the prototypes is your favorite and why?
- Did you like the idea of a movable cart or a cabinet on the wall?
- Which parts of each prototype do you like?
- Do you think that the hanging wires are a good idea? Why or why not?
- What are some things we can add or change on our prototypes to make them better?
- Would you rather have the headphones hung in racks in the open or in a box
- Would a kindergarten teacher be comfortable with a UV light in their room?
- How big should we make our product to fit all the headphones?
Response to our group
- The problem statement addresses a solution in the wording, by stating that you must use a rack. You are limiting your creative capacity by this. We can think BIGGER and even BETTER. 😉
- I like the mobility and the wheels
- I like the cubby system, however they might take up a lot of space
- I like the structure of the cart
- You should consider what to do with the wires attached to the headphones
- The fact they are near the sink could prove to be challenging
- We should address cleaning them as well
Problem Statement: Students, specifically 4th and 5th graders, need a better storage system outside the gyms that allows them to store and get their lunches in an organized and efficient scheme.
- Joao: Our first prototype is a cubby that has a divider in the middle to make it more organized. This allows for two different lunch bags to be placed in the same cubby and then the cubbies could be placed on top of a table and be stacked on top of another. Or these cubbies can be directly attached to the wall using methods such as velcro. This gives different variations to the same cubby, and it can even be a combination of methods for placing the cubbies in an organized and efficient way for the students’ lunches.
- Jake: Our second prototype is another rendition of the cubby but a bit smaller and comes with a reward system. If you can successfully place your lunch in the right cubby, you will get stars which can be traded in for a prize at the teacher’s discretion. This way the students will be motivated to not lose their lunch and will be careful when putting it in the cubby.
- Megan: Our third prototype is a cubby system that ideally would be hung on the wall or put on wheels for easy movability. This prototype has an area for the student’s lunch bags and hooks for more bags or jackets. This system would be numbered or colored to each class in order to be more organize and create a faster transition from lunch to recess and vise versa. This system allows students to have a safe and convenient place to put their lunch during recess and allows them to receive them in a non chaotic way.
- Together we decided that for the space, the most useful form of storage would be in the form of movable cubbies that would be able to be placed up against the wall, to allow for the most amount of room in the hallway (to relieve some of the chaos during lunch/recess time).
- Do you feel that these products that we have prototyped solve the problems that are faced with the lunch boxes during the lunch to recess transition?
- Are their aspects of any one prototype that you liked?
- Is there a part you would like to change?
- How effective do you think a color coding or numbered system would be in helping organization and security regarding lunch boxes and belongings during the lunch to recess transition?
- How many students are in each class? How many different classes use the space (hallway outside the gyms) at a given time?
Videos of Prototypes:
Hello High School buddies! We were just thinking about what you might want to know about what we’re doing back here at Edgewood School. We started looking at the problems and the ways we can fix them. We’re going to be making prototypes just like you. Maybe we can share ideas on how to make the models, like in how to design them. We drew pictures of ways to solve the problem. Here is the link to a folder with these pictures. Hope it will give you some ideas on your prototypes. We’re eager to hear back from you!
From your 5th Grade Buddies in Mr. Gluck’s Class