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Zane Middle School disc golf course

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Figure 1:Team Falcon Punch


The Objective of Team Falcon punch is to create a up cycle disk golf course for the students at Zane Middle school physical education class as well for intermural tournaments. The disk golf course is to be made from weather proof and recycled materials that can withstand the stress of being handled by students. In order to conduct this project, we had to break down the process into five sections: Problem Formulation,Literature Review, Alternate Solution, Discussing Review, and Specification of Final Solution. Its important to display the use of recycling and how it can be used to great effect.


In the Fall semester course of Engineering 215 Intro to Design from Humboldt State University, we were contracted to build a 9 hole up cycle disc course for Zane Middle School, which is a public Middle school located in Eureka, CA. Zane Middle School is committed to inspiring academic Excellence, Creativity, and the confidence to Succeed. Zane Middle school is a S.T.E.A.M school, which is an institution with a curriculum heavily invested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The members of the team consisted of: Ray Endicott, Jeremy Fischer, Frank Heggeness, Jabi Skyers.

Problem statement and criteria

Zane Middle School has contracted Humboldt State with the intention to build an up-cycled disc golfing course. The course will be built to the criteria of Zane Middle School while using up-cycled materials.

Criteria Definition Weight
Safety The capacity for the disc golf to prevent injury to players or anyone handling the goals. The operator, players and students must not be harmed by the disc golf goal. 10
Durability The ability of the hole to resist weathering and remain structurally intact and functional over an extended period of time. 9
Level of Fun The enjoyment level of the constructed project. 7
Sustainability The amount of up-cycled materials used in construction. 7
Portability The ability for staff and students to move the goals from storage to anywhere needed on campus with ease. 7
Ease of Maintenance The level of difficulty of maintaining the hole 6
Aesthetics The visual appeal of the disc golf courses after completion. 6
Reproducibility The capacity of the project to be remade using instructions or designs provided by team Falcon Punch. 5
Educational Value The potential of the project for providing educational lessons. 3


Figure 2:Design cost in hours
Material (cost unit) Cost ($) Quantity Total ($)
Drum (per drum) Donated 3 -
1 1/2 inch pipe (per foot) 0.69 25 17.25
2 inch Pipe (per foot) 0.79 20 15.80
Pipe Caps (per cap) 1.50 9 13.50
Fasteners (per assembly) 2.75 9 24.75
Base (per base) Donated 9 -
Fire Extinguisher (per unit) 4.00 6 24.00
Paint (per can) 2.50 4 10.00
Total 105.30

Description of final project

The Stationary Safety Goal prototype is a portable and resilient solution created mostly from recycled materials and very few parts that can be damaged easily. The fire extinguisher in the design was replaced with a fifty five gallon drum for some of the goals. The poly-ethylene barrels provide a comparable replacement for the fire extinguisher. While lacking the “bell” sound requested by the client, they do create a larger target for the younger children. All the goals closely resemble the height of a regulation basket, although the fire extinguishers provide a smaller target zone.

Figure 3:All 9 disc golf holes

How to use

  1. Set up course and acquire discs.
  2. Throw from starting point at the target until all players have gone.
  3. Throw again if player did not score from where the disc landed
  4. The person with the lowest amount of throws is declared the winner
  5. Have fun!

Testing Results

To determine the amount of sound the Stationary Safety Goal generated, we tested how loud it was when it is impacted by a disc. When testing the loudness of the prototype, discs were thrown at the goal across a field as if the game was being played. It was found that it was very sturdy with wind up to ten miles per hour hitting the goal. The sound the client asked for is created when the goal is hit from any angle by a disc. This is a successful way to confirm that a goal has been scored. After testing, Team Falcon Punch delivered the disc golf holes to Zane Middle School where students participated in playing disc golf during P.E. The students really enjoyed playing disc golf while using Team Falcon Punch’s targets, and expressed their gratitude to the team. Many of the students particularly enjoyed the auditory affirmation that the goals provided when struck by a disc. Overall the testing was a success and the goals will be used for intramural and physical educational purposes at Zane Middle School.

Figure 4: A student playing with the completed goal.
Figure 5: A student playing with the completed goal.

How to build

Assembly Steps
Caption Step 1 : Put 3/8 inch hole in cap, “top” of drum. The length of this screw must be big enough to go through the cap, a nut, and the drum with enough room left to be screwed on by a wing nut.
Caption Step 2 : Cut hole in “bottom” of drum that will fit the PVC pipe that will be used for each goal. This is the left hole shown in the picture below. Also cut a hole big enough to fit your hand into. This hole is shown on the right in the picture to the left.
Caption Step 3 : Put 3/8 inch hole through cap and attach hex nut to the bolt. This will sandwich the cap holding it in place. The wing nut will be attached later on.
Caption Step 4 : Stick PVC through the center hole.
Caption Step 5 : Attach the cap without the wing nut by using the enlarged hole created earlier.
Caption Step 6 : Stick the PVC-cap combo all the way to the end of the drum and outside the 3/8 inch hole created earlier. Attach the wing nut to the bolt going through the barrel and screw on tightly.

Discussion and next steps

After testing, we found that plastic barrels and fire extinguishers made the best sounds when hit, and were also lightweight. We found that the goals were easy to assemble and disassemble. Due to the large number of goals built, it is best utilized with large groups of students.

Zane Middle School was very pleased with the up-cycle disc golf course. The students and faculty were excited to receive and use the course.