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ENGR215 Project Page in Progress
This page is a project page in progress by students in Engr215. Please refrain from making edits unless you are a member of the project team, but feel free to make comments using the discussion tab. Check back for the finished version on 5/9/2016.


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.

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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 lego 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 efficiently an indefinite amount of legos from class room to classroom and it is convenient that the cart design provides a play space. The cart must be safe and durable for use around kids. The cost must stay below $300 dlls. 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.

Citeria Weight (1-10) Constraints
Safety 10 Safe to be used by children.
Durability 9 Resistant for children.
Cost 8 Can not exceed $300.
Weight 7 Lightweight.
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.

Table 1.1

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 polls to increase the height of our design by 10 inches, by attaching them to the top of the wagon. 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 attach to the poles to function as our table top. The aluminum top also has a smooth, hollow inside to allow for further storage of Legos. To top it off, we found an old street sign that we used as the play area on our work station. The street sign is lightweight and durable and works perfectly to provide the needed play area.



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
Screws Free 20x Marty's Shop Free
Nuts Free 20x Marty's Shop Free
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
Plastic padding 10.99 3 Walmart 32.97
Lego base 15.00 2 Ebay 30.00
SandPapers 1.99 4 Ace's Hardware 7.96
5.99 Rust Spray paint 2 Ace's Hardware 11.98
Total Cost : $ 164.39

How to build

Step 1| We dissambled the wagon

Wagon from scrap yard  
Remove rust from the frame  

Step 2| We sand the wagon and remove all the rust and repaint

sanding the wagon  
Re-paint the wagon  

Step 3| Cut the construction sign in half

Using machine saw to cut the sign in half  

Step 4| Drill holes onto the table top

Drilled holes and connect sliding rails  

Step 5| Drill holes on the sign and connect it to the table top

Connecting the sign to the rails  

Step 6| We sand down the steel plates to weld the support

sanding down the plates  

Step 7. We will just have to bolt everything back together.

Step 8. Glue the legos base onto the table top.

Discussion and next steps


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