LRiech Mira loma Locker project

Overview Instructions

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That thin metal box at school where you cram all your stuff? Lockers aren't designed for students today. In fact, the design of lockers hasn't changed since the days of your great grandparents!

But in the School of the Future things could be different. Reimagine the design of a 21st century locker you would need as a Maker. A locker you could use to keep all of your stuff for making!

Let's get started on the challenge to redesign your school locker.

For our project we are making costum lockers for my butt MIra Loma High School we trust we will be reinventing the locker turning ever obsolete aspect into a high tech, high security, modern, spaces, indestructable lockers. thiefs will not be able to break into the lockers


Make sure you have a logo by the end of second period on monday.

Collect Instructions

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Gather more information about your existing school lockers by taking photos, sketching, conducting interviews, or doing additional research.

Think About:

  • What is the purpose of a school locker?
  • How has the way you use a locker changed since you first started school in kindergarten, for example?
  • How many times do you visit and open your locker each day?
  • Do teachers or school administrators have any safety or security concerns about lockers?  What are they?
  • What types of materials is your locker constructed from?

Try This:

  • Take photos of a row of your school's lockers.  Open your own locker and take a photo of what's stored inside.
  • Make a list of all the features your locker currently has. (Examples: hooks, air slots, etc.)
  • Make a list of all the items you currently keep in your locker on a typical day.
  • Next to each item, make notes about what 'needs' that item has.  (Examples: my sweaty gym clothes need to kept away from my other things; my iPod needs electricity to be charged; my winter boots need a place to drip dry)
  • Make a list of all the items you wish you could store in your locker, but don’t have room for.
  • Measure the length, height, and depth of your current locker.
  • Measure the length, height, and depth of your backpack, books, coat / shoes, and other large objects you typically keep inside your locker.
  • Measure the width of your school's hallway.  How much of this width is taken up on both sides of the hallway when students stand in front of their open lockers?
  • Read this Washington Post article to learn more about some of the complaints students have with their lockers today.
  • Visit the websites of a few manufacturers to see various types of lockers currently made.  What do you like or dislike about these examples?

LReichArchitects's work for the Collect Information step:

the purpose of a school locker be a sort of safe where you can have all your valuables in this confined space people usually like it to be secure, spacious, and more of a dynamic changing useful tool
We would like to minimize the theft of lockers
we want people to use the locker as a social and acedimec tool
we want the locker to be a social tool and acedemic
this is the middle hallway

Brainstorm Instructions

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Develop sketches or models to help you puzzle through new ideas and solutions.

Think About:

  • Make a list of all the things you like about your current locker.  Ask several friends for their opinions.
  • Make a list of all the things you dislike about your current locker.  Ask several friends for their opinions.
  • Think about your locker not just as a metal box, but as another type of container.  What other types of containers do you use each day to store stuff?  (Examples: containers for food, clothing, household items)
  • Many animals, insects, and plants use containers to store things (Example: bees use honeycombs).  Check out some of the images in the Inspiration Gallery for other ideas of strorage units.
  • Keep in mind that your newly-designed locker will be one of many along the hallway.  How will these individual units all fit together?  How will several students use their lockers at the same time without bumping into each other?

Try This:

  • Based on the information you collected above, brainstorm a list of special features you’d like your new locker to have.
  • Make lots of sketches to get your early ideas down on paper.  Learn from each different idea. 
  • Consider what materials the locker will be made from.  What materials will be durable against the wear and tear of student use over the years?

LReichArchitects's work for the Brainstorm Ideas step:

Acoustics & Green Materials is a good aspect of the locker because it stops the loud noise and the disturbance of the peers for the locker we are going to line the hatch with heavy duty foam.
Space and Location: the main unit looks like this it a circular tubes
Green Mateials: Carbon fiber is a new material that invented recently which is stronger than steel...
thats what the individual locker looks like complete with wireless charging, bunker grade hinges...
Technology/security: The retina scanner is an inovation of the present wher a machine scans your...
space and location: they would be underground tubes that transport the tubes at very high speeds
Technology: vaccum tube transport are the new way to transport items at high speeds

Develop Instructions

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Now's the time to take what you've learned from the steps above and develop your own solution for a new locker.

Try This:

  • Use recycled cardboard to make a full-scale or half-scale prototype model of your locker.  You can't really understand if the locker will hold all your stuff, until you make a quick study model.  Don't worry about making a fancy finished model at this time. Instead, use cardstock, scissors, and tape to quickly create the large 3D form. See how it looks. Break off different sections, add new pieces, and try new ideas. Take photos of your model.
  • Sketch or use software such as Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, or Revit to put your ideas on paper.

LReichArchitects's work for the Develop Solutions step:

Green materials and acoustics:
technology: we had to discuss what kind of transport for the material we were talking about using...
space and location: we had already discussed the area and transport so for the main units they are...
space and location: we had already discussed the area and transport so for the main units they are...
Security: A finger print scan for security would be really hard for anybody to open and if anybody...
Green materials and acoustics: So for green materials we needed a strong bio-degradable material...
technology: wireless phone charger is the new way to charge no need of wire while you can charge...

Final Instructions

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The final step of the design process is to create a more finished model that communicates your ideas to others.

Try This

  • What color or colors will your locker be? What colors have inspired you?  Add colors to the digital model of your locker.
  • What materials will your locker be made of?  Choose materials and details to add to your digital model.
  • Include a human figure in your final locker model, so we can see how big your locker really is.
  • Upload additional images of your finished locker model to the slides for your project.  Write short captions explaining your ideas.
  • Congratulations on solving this design challenge!

LReichArchitects's work for the Final Design step:

Acoustics and geen materials:
technology: the phone charger, the vacuum tubes, finger print scanner, tube chooser, and paint...
space and location: for space and location we did a large unit where main locker are at and in...
acoustics and green mateials: heavy duty hinges air craft grade aluminum, carbon fiber and upcycled...
space and location: underground tunnels and storage unit where un used tubes are stored and...
space and location; the map to our school the one that was used in project
security: durable materials,the finger print scan and heavy duty hinges.
This a finger print scan that our group decided to put also has a alarm system.