May 20

Early TED Talk Thoughts

TED Talks are a hugely popular form of presentation. It involves a speaker sharing personal stories with an audience that can open their minds to new ideas and perspectives.TED Talks are often structured into three parts– a belief statement or wondering, a sharing with an audience, and an explanation of what was learned and why it matters to the presenter and the audience. Use the worksheet handout to begin thinking about how you will craft your TED Talk and share your early thoughts in the Comments space below. Let us know about your thinking on your belief statement/wondering, or what you would share with your audience, or explain why this topic matters so much to you and your audience.

December 14

Art Room Storage Update

The google hangout yesterday told us good information about what the prototype looked like and we got an idea about how it will work.  We hope you will continue to think of other possible prototypes or ideas to organize the art room. We are going to also think about how and where we should put it.  Your prototype had good details and we think that this idea will turn out to be our final idea. When we were talking to you for some parts it would lag out and we wouldn’t be able to hear you for some of the time. Mostly we heard you but sometimes we wouldn’t be able to hear you. I also feel like on the top where you would put the scissors is not that good of a idea, if it falls down then it can hurt people with the point on the scissors.  Mostly your idea was perfect but it had some things that wouldn’t work or not work for the children. For the scissors maybe we should have a small compartment on the side to put the scissors and other things. Your ideas were good and we hope you have a nice vacation.

— Mizuki, Kieran, Javin

December 14

Room 2 Update

Our high school buddies plan to make a big toy cart with basketball hoops that are different sizes and a lot of shelves that are a lot stronger than wood because the shelves will need to be strong because there are a lot of games that will need to be held on them. We need to move all the toys because the radiator is to hot and when little kids go for the toys they might burn their hands.

We helped them by giving them good suggestions , and thumbs up and thumbs down about their ideas/ prototype.

The challenges were that there was bad connection and we overcame it by listening more carefully and trying to understand them.

— Evie, Sergey, Victor, Sophia

December 14

Room 18 Cubby Area Update

We learned:

  • About their prototypes like Margaret’s prototype (it was a spinning circle with a hook and under the hook was a another circle for the backpacks).
  • Some people thought Oliver’s prototype is better because there was a space for the lunch box and everyone has their own space and it will be less distracting than Margaret’s prototype.
  • Some say that it is going to be squished if you use Oliver’s prototype (the backpack and the jacket).
  • If you use Margaret’s prototype, if some people are messy then we need dividers.
  • Instead of the 2 hooks coming from the middle, do two different ones from both sides (Oliver’s prototype)

What are you using to make the actual one?

— Hannah, Umi, Adrian, Tessa

December 14

Library Robot Storage Update

Our High School buddies plan to make a more easier to use and neat robot organizer. We helped them by providing information and ideas about the robots, such as the size of the robots and space available between them when they are side by side. Some challenges we had during the google hangout were like sometimes we couldn’t hear them and we just kept on trying to make sure we heard them and after awhile we could hear them.  – Stacey, Victor, Chenyu

December 4

Professional Room

As a group after our trip to Edgewood, we created a problem statement for the Professional Room: How might we utilize an empty room so that faculty and students can have a space that will facilitate concentration, group work, taking test and social learning? Andrew created a prototype that displayed the overall expected layout of the room. In the front of the room, we will design test-taking cubicles to line the walls. This will allow students with extra time and students who have missed days to make up tests in this room. There will also be a printer and a garbage can as you enter the room, allowing students to make progress and snack without having to go too far! To the left, there will be a room wizard where teachers/teacher aids can log the activities that they do in the room. In the long run, this can help us find out what the room is truly being utilized for and then edits can be made accordingly. The larger portion of the room is broken up into two areas: a more comfortable group work area and a more traditional learning/group work area. The comfortable side will have beanbags and a carpet. Students can be creative, ideate, and relax while working here. The more traditional side will have a few tables on top of a carpet. These tables will have whiteboard table tops so students can do their learning right there! There will also be a smart board (already in there) and a whiteboard on the far wall. These tables can fold up and be put on the wall so that the students  can work/learn on the carpet as well. Ty’s prototype included a plan of the entire room. In the entrance of the room, we will place divides against the wall so students who need extra time for test, quizzes, or standard and tests will have a place to take the test without the distraction of taking test in the hall. The next aspect of the room is the group work section which will include a rug and five round foldable tables. There will be a place in the corner that is designed to place the tables and chairs once they are folded up in order to open up space in the room to allow the teachers to use the room for other purposes. We will keep the smartboard already in place in the room and place two whiteboards against the wall. Ashley created a prototype that is split into three main sections. The entrance near the door has the room wizard and supplies. The room wizard is an electronic system which tracks when the room is used and what it is used for. This ensures that two classes do not attempt to use the room at once and provides clarity in the future to what aspect of the room has been most helpful and used. Then there is a supply cart with pencils, colored markers, laptops, paper, scissors, and other materials the kids might want within the room. The next section is for test taking in the top right corner there are divided desks along the walls where teachers can administer tests. In the corner, there is a printer. The last section is for teachers or aids to help people or for group work. Round tables are perfect for group communication but teachers can also focus kids attention while they are teaching at the smartboard or whiteboard which are on the walls on the right side of the room.


Feedback for us:

  1. Which test taking setup do you prefer? Why? What are the benefits of each?
  2. Would you rather just tables or beanbags too? Do you think both could facilitate equally productive group work?
  3. Would you ever prefer to sit on the floor over tables or beanbags?
  4. Would you rather square tables?

December 3

Room 18



Group: Polly, Ben, Anton    (Octopus)

Problem Statement: Students and teachers need a way to easily maneuver, organize, and find their belongings in a way that makes them feel at ease.

Prototype 1: We created a replica of the student’s mailbox that is larger so that students no longer need to cram their fold and papers into their area. We also added a little mailbox flag that the teacher can raise when work is returned.

Prototype 2: While we were there, we noticed that the area by the back door was really cramped, causing the door to not fully open. This was caused by the table, the one with the guinea pig crate on top behind the door, being too wide. To solve this problem, we thought we could design an area above or below the mailbox where we can place the guinea pig cage. Prototype 2 is an add-on to prototype 1 as it provides a safe place to put the guinea pig cage

Prototype 3: We created a place to hold the bean bags because we noticed that the beanbags were in a pile by the corner and lacked a proper area.


  • How many people are in the class?
  • Within the room, can you think of any other spaces that need to be organized?
  • What can we change about our designs to make them better?
  • Which prototype do you think will be most useful for your space? Why?
  • Do any of our prototypes not meet size constraints?
  • How does the organization of the room make you feel? If it was more organized, how would that feeling change?
December 3

Room 18

Problem Statement: Students and teachers need a better way to organize the cubby space in room 18; this will allow them to be less stressed in finding their belongings and will improve access to their backpacks and jackets when they are needed throughout the school day. One of the main problems with the cubby space now is that the coats fall off the hooks easily and some backpacks get buried under others and are hard to access. Also, this clutter can be dangerous and a walking hazard.


Margaret: The prototype I made was a hook mechanism that would prevent jackets or backpacks from falling off of them. This design idea can be used in two different ways. First, this hook can be put under the tables where the 5th grader’s work which will make it easier for them to access their backpacks. The other way this hook can be used to organize jackets and backpacks is where the cubbies are right now and it would be attached to the underside of the shelf. This hook can be used for jackets and will prevent them from falling on the floor because there is extra “lip” on the hook. Combined with the hook there will also be a box type compartment which is put on the floor were each backpack can be placed into. This will mean every student will have an allotted place to put their backpacks, so they are well organized.


Margaret’s Questions:

Is the option to put the hook under the tables reasonable or do think it might be difficult to put your backpacks here?

How do you think it might cause problems?

In redesigning the “cubby space”, would you like the ability to have other things stored here other than your backpacks and jackets?

Would you like to put umbrellas, lunch boxes, books, and other supplies in this cubby area?

How many people are in your class? What are the measurements of the table (length, width, and height of the table)?

How many tables are there in the classroom?

Can you measure approximately how large a backpack size is? (height, depth = when all of your belongings are inside the backpack, and length)


Ethan: The prototype I made was a drawer with a hook for jackets. The students would store their bags and other personal items in the drawer, and their jackets/ coats, hats, and scarves could go on the hook.  This design is easily manipulated so that the students would be able to determine how the design is incorporated into the space. The design could either be lined up in multiples across the back wall giving wore vertical space for students, better for jackets/coats, or have the design stacked and lined up to provide more horizontal space, better for bags and other classroom materials. Either orientation would overall make it easier for students and teachers to find their belongings making cleanup and dismissal at the end of the day less stressful.


Ethan’s Questions:

Which of the aspects of my (Ethan’s) design do you feel most optimize and organize the space?

Do you think that this design would be optimal for the space already?

What are some things in the design that you would change?

Would you want to have more vertical or horizontal space?

Is there another setup for this design that I did not mention that would better fit the space?


Oliver: To address this problem, the design included a double hook for backpacks and jackets. Additionally, there is a designated area for lunch boxes and papers/school work. Implementing organized storage designs will allow for more space in the classroom. The cubby area of the design is large enough to fit a student’s backpack, jacket, lunch, and any further materials needed for the day. It can be made out of wood or any other strong material that’s durable enough for everyday use.


Oliver’s Questions:

How can I make this design more space efficient?

Does each student need their own or can they be shared?

Can we stack the cubbies vertically or just horizontally?