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Zane Middle School lego makerspace
This page discusses the Lego Makerspace project, working for Zane Middle School to provide a storage facility for legos that can also transport them from class to class. The Narwhal Team created the prototype and design for the table that will be used by 6th-8th graders at Zane Middle School. The school is located in Eureka, California. Team Narwhal was assembled through Humboldt State’s Intro to Design course instructed by Camille Penny.
During spring semester of 2016, Zane Middle School has come to ask the class of Engineering 215: Intro to Engineering Design at Humboldt State University to help them design and construct different projects. Team Narwhal, composed of students: Nestor Lopez, Jesus Rincon, Eric Douglas, and Cuong Tran, designed a Lego Makerspace table where Zane students will store and transport their Legos across school provided at the same time with space to create make their lego structures. Students have space to play and construct Legos. Furthermore, the table must offer storage areas for the Lego pieces and design booklets. In addition, the client will share this table with other classroom around campus so lightweight and portability is highly considerable.
Problem Statement and Criteria
The objective is to design a cart for Zane Middle School that will store and efficiently transport legos from classroom to classroom, and provides a play space. The cart must be safe and durable for use around kids. The cost must stay below $300. It must be lightweight and made from recycled materials to support and show sustainability. the cart design must provide enough storage volume and must be appealing to the eye.
|Safety||10||Safe to be used by children.|
|Durability||9||Resistant for children.|
|Cost||8||Can not exceed $300.|
|Sustainability||6||The design should utilize as many recycled materials as possible.|
|Storage Volume||5||Additional space for storing.|
|Aesthetics||3||Looks clean and professional.|
Description of Final Project
Our final design, The Oregon Trail is based on a 4 foot long, up-cycled wagon to really provide most of the building space. In addition, we used poles to increase the height of our design by 7 inches from the wagon to the Table base. With the increased height, the open space underneath the tabletop will provide for extra storage space. Moreover, we also found an old aluminum top, from an old electrical appliance, to attached to the poles to function as our Table base. The aluminum top also has a smooth and hollow inside to allow for further storage of Legos. We then attach the rail sliders onto the Table base. Moreover, we cut our street sign into half to create an open and closing table top. The street sign will act as a play area and also an access to the legos stored in the table base. The street sign will be attached to the rails to provide easy sliding to reduce space when not in use for easy transportation and storage. Furthermore, we super glued the lego base onto the street sign to provide the children with actual Lego Base to construct their legos on.
|Image||Description||Price per Item||Quantity||Place Purchased||Total Cost|
|Wagon||25.00||1||Arcata Scrap Yard||25.00|
|Table Top||10.00||1||Arcata Scrap Yard||10.00|
|Street Sign||9.00||1||Arcata Scrap Yard||9.00|
|Rail Slider||12.80||3 pairs||Almquist lumber||38.4|
|Steel bar||5.00||4||Arcata Scrap Yard||5.00|
|Steel Plate||2.50||1||Arcata Scrap Yard||2.50|
|Rubber Protection Strip||14.99||2||Walmart||29.98|
|5.99||Rust Spray paint||2||Ace's Hardware||11.98|
|Total Cost : $ 164.39|
How to build
Step 1| We dissambled the wagon
Step 2| We sand the wagon and remove all the rust and repaint
Step 3| Cut the construction sign in half
Step 4| Drill holes onto the table top
Step 5| Drill holes on the sign and connect it to the table top
Step 6| We sand down the steel plates to weld the support
Step 7| Bolt everything back together.
Step 8| Glue the legos base onto the table top.
Links to Team Narwhal members
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HomeDim ,." Make the Most of Your tables – Expandable Designs.". N.p., 2016. Web. 07 Mar. 2016.
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"The Very Important Guide Of Plastic Safety." Cut Out Keep. Web. 03 Mar. 2016.
"Plastic Smithing: How To Make Your Own HDPE Plastic Anything (DIY Plastic Lumber)". Instructables.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.
"Basics of MIG Welding." Instructables.com. Web. 02 May 2016.
"Tips and Techniques for Drilling Holes in Wood and Other Materials." - VisionAware. Web. 02 May 2016.
"How to Use an Angle Grinder." WikiHow. Web. 02 May 2016
"How To Remove Rust." The Family Handyman. Web. 02 May 2016.
"Arcata Scrap & Salvage ~ Serving Humboldt County." Arcata Scrap & Salvage ~ Serving Humboldt County. Web. 02 May 2016.
"Lego Baseplates 48 X 48." EBay. Web. 02 May 2016