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: