I designed a solution to allow my class to safely charge their laptops.

Problem

When Fairhope High School became a one to one school there were more student laptops that needed charging than there were power outlets available. The administration tried to relieve this problem by providing each class room with two large power strips. This solution still provided a limited amount of outlets and it created a mess of cords that was a huge tripping hazard. High school is hard enough without worrying if you’ll be laughed at because you tripped over a power cord.

Tasks

Research & Analysis

User Scenarios

 Traditional (Lecture, film screening)
 Non-traditional(students had to be able to move desks freely to preform group work (pre-production, production, and editing)

Mock-up

Design

Iterate

Solution

I ran extension cords along the ceiling of my classroom and plugged each cord into a power strip on the last desk in the row. Students would charge using their row’s designated power strip. Velcro strips where used to keep cords tidy.  When students need to move their desk’s to break into groups they would unplug their cords and the extension cord. Then if they needed to charge they would use a nearby power strip. Gaffer’s tape was later added to the floor to indicate the proper location of rows. This allowed for desks to be quickly put back in place after performing group work.

Results

Students were able to freely charge their laptops from their desk. The classroom could still be used for a wide variety of activities. Reorganizing desks for the next class became much quicker.