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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.

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Nancy,

Please put a picture up of the inside/outside of your current locker.

Hi Nancy,

After having visited last week and not seeing much, I appreciate you adding more information to your gallery!

Out of all the questions you have been asked, the first two questions give you an opportunity to think outside of the box a little bit in terms of defining what a locker can be. Your answers are definitely correct in that a locker is used for storing items that you don't need at any particular time during the day. And, obviously, as you've used lockers throughout your school years, the items contained within them have changed as you've gotten older depending on your coursework or your personal preferences.

I would suggest that you think about other things a locker might be used for that are less obvious. I remember, when I was in high school, lockers were not only used for storing items, but they were also used as social hubs or gathering points for friends within the hallways. True, teachers don't like students congregating in the hallways when you should be getting ready for your next class; but the social impact of lockers are pretty undeniable. Maybe if you brainstorm a little more in this regard, you can use a social element to help drive your design process. You noted that you dislike the crowded hallways that the shared lockers generate at the moment, so you should take that into consideration if you decide to pursue that route.

I like your sketches of your preliminary locker design. Your teacher's suggestion of posting a picture of your existing locker would be very helpful. You might also want to consider drawing a sketch of your current locker so you can better understand some of the smaller details that might not be evident in a photograph. This might help you find a problem that you didn't even know existed!

Great job so far, and I can't wait to see more!

Nancy. Your online architect mentor is doing all the talking here! We want to hear from you! It would be very helpful if you could respond and comment here. Tell us more about what you are thinking so we can better understand your design and ideas. Thanks.

Oh ok... I didnt know that i had to responed. But, now I know. I'm uploading a sketch of my current locker and I will put up some pictures of my locker so you could have an idea of how my locker actually looks. My idea of a locker is to have something similar but at the same time diffferent. I would like more space to where to put things and have everything actually organized. I was also thinking instead of being on the wall sticking out they could be inside the wall so that there is space to put things in and to walk through the hallways without crashing into some else's locker. Well that's whats on my mind about my locker.

Nancy, I need more sketches, if you have started on a sketch up model please upload the progress. I see you have a white board, why? You complain about people conngregating in the halls, do you think this feature would make it worse? I need dimensions and you do too in order to start drawing. As far as books go do you think they will all be replaced one day and you will come into high school and be issued a Kindle for the 4 years you are there and each year new books will be uploaded? What is the shelves are adjustable? What if each user can change the inside. For example the person who has your locker next year may not play volleyball, then what? How does that person's locker look different from yours?

Hi Nancy!

Thanks for uploading the photos of your existing locker. This gives me a better idea of what you're working with. I like the fact that you've been thinking about how to compartmentalize your new locker as indicated by the sketchup image (which looks great, by the way). It would be helpful to see how big those compartments are, so it'd be great if you could place some dimensions on the sketchup model. Also, please explain a little further about what you've come up with. Try to elaborate as much as possible with your description so I won't have to ask any questions with obvious answers. A few paragraphs about your design would help; you could even label your drawing similarly to how you labeled your concept sketches. The door would be pretty important to show in your slideshow, as well.
One of the best ways to represent a design is to put it into context. Architects and designers are constantly thinking about how the projects they work on relate to their contexts. Is the building too imposing? Does it relate to the others in terms of materiality? Does the overall design language need to match the other buildings around it? These are just a tiny sampling of what goes through our heads when we design. I suggest you start thinking about how your locker would look in a hallway with other lockers. Although the imagery is nice, most lockers that I know of don't sit in pristine grassy fields like you've shown in your sketchup model! :) Think about the scale of your locker, too. The books in your sketchup model are helpful in determining the overall scale, assuming they're an average size. Placing a scale figure (a person) in the model, however, would make it even clearer. You just want to indicate to the viewer (in this case, your instructor and me) that you've at least looked at how your locker relates to the human scale.
Keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing more!

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?

nancyg157's work for the Collect Information step:

1)What is the purpose of a school locker?
The purpose of a locker is to keep your stuff that you don’t need there so, that you wont have to carry it around all day long. If you have a lot of heavy books that you have to carry around you could leave them in there. Also to leave your jackets and things for like sports or P.E.

2)How has the way you use a locker changed since you first started school in kindergarten, for example?
The way that I have used my locker really has I guess changed in a way because we didn’t have lockers in kindergarten. We just had a place to hang our jackets and desks had space to store our supplies. Now we don’t have all that we have to use a locker.

3)How many times do you visit and open your locker each day?
I visit my locker around five times a day because my classes are close by.

4)Do teachers or school administrators have any safety or security concerns about lockers? What are they?
Yes, securities at times do have concerns because they don’t know what students might have in there.

5)What types of materials is your locker constructed from?
The material that lockers are made out of are metal.

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?

nancyg157's work for the Brainstorm Ideas step:

my locker design

Current locker sketch

> Make a list of all the things you like about your current locker. Ask several friends for their opinions.
-Its a place to keep our things so that we won't have to carry them around.

>Make a list of all the things you dislike about your current locker. Ask several friends for their opinions.
-It doesn't have enough space to put eveything. There is only one self
- We have to share. 2 or 3 people per locker.
- it gets to crowed in the hallways

>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)
- Shelfs
- Boxes

>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.
- hooks with selfs
- zipper bags

>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?

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.

nancyg157's work for the Develop Solutions step:

Well I'm working on my project and I realized that there is no time during school while we are going to be able to use a computer in our locker or even listen to music. So I made it smaller and just enough space to get our normal things in there

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.

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  • 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!

nancyg157's work for the Final Design step:

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There is not much in my locker. But, that is because everyone will add a little touch to their locker. The locker would go high like by the waist so that we wont have to bend down to get things. It would have to be hung up on the wall with strong screws to support the weight of the locker its self and the things that would go in there . Not big and not small, just enough space so that we could fit the usual things. I have decided this would be better because we really don't need much space because we only have time to be at our lockers for about 3-5 min. So we only need space for books, and coats and even sometimes sport things. My idea of the lock would be like a lock we could scan our ids in and it would only open with our id nobody else's. This is my idea of a locker because it is more conferable and we really need more space in school. Plus lockers are only useful for books and school things not electronics. Even though it would be amazing we just don't have enough time and others would just prefer to go home and use their electronics there.