Our final presentation for our portable phone charging station was at Ann Richards very first Make-O-Rama fair. The fair was filled of students and teachers’ innovations and inventions, showing off what they had physically made. There was a wide variety of products that students of all ages had made.
Plugged In had a table that held three of our four prototypes (one was stolen); the cardboard model, the acrylic model, and the wood model. We also had a laptop that presented a power point that we had previously made to show the working progress of our product. The students and teachers that stopped at our booth were very intrigued with our portable phone charging station and thought it was a great idea. Our final product was similar to what we had envisioned in the beginning except it didn’t have the lock and key system. This is something that students next year can add on if this product continues to grow and develop and if teachers decide to actually want to use this charging station in their classrooms.
If I had the opportunity to go back and do this project again, I would want to make the final product out of acrylic with the lock doors included. This would take extra work and I would have to go purchase hinges and locks but the final product would be worth it. This project helped me gain my “team work” skills because this type of project was something that I had never worked in a group with before; I had only worked on this type of material individually. Some advice I would give to another group of students with a similar project is to make sure you are doing something that you are passionate about and take interest in. Don’t do something that you won’t have a good time doing because you will be miserable. My favorite part about this project was actually cutting and putting together the prototypes because I love hands on activity.
The most challenging part was transferring all our measurements on Adobe Illustrator to use on the laser cutter. We plan to not take our product anywhere and to keep it where it is. If students next year want to improve and keep working in it, they are more than welcome to but we, as a group will not work on it any further. Taking into consideration our original plan, modifications to the plan, work time, and final product, I would give our group a 95%. I chose this grade because overall, we all worked well together and took initiative action to get things done when they needed to be. We all had a goal of making an easier and effective way for students and/or teachers to charge their phones during the school hours, and we stuck to it and successfully finished it.