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Nike Grind School Supply Organizer and Backpack

School supply organizer to be used in classrooms that doubles as a backpack.

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The Nike Grind School Supply Organizer and Backpack has two functions. First, it serves as a place for children to store all of their supplies in classrooms that do not have desks with cubbies for each student. The second function is that it can also be used as a backpack, giving kids the ability to bring their school supplies home as well.

The Nike Grind School Supply Organizer and Backpack has two main components: the component with the different sized pouches for the supplies and the rectangular pad that is large enough to cover the first component. Straps can be attached to the back side of the first component, giving it the appearance of a typical school backpack. 

We also had the idea to partner with Non Profit Organizations to collect donations and offer company sponsorships to be able to fill the Nike Grind School Supply Organizer and Backpack with school supplies for kids in developing countries.

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Flashings
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

We plan to test the use of various EVA foams and the fiber fluff for the cushioning during the refinement phase. We will be looking for the best material in terms of comfort, which is a reflection of material properties such as density and hardness. In order to design a cushion that doesn’t reach max compression too quickly, we will most likely be making a composite. The textiles will be combined to create the main component and its pouches, and the backpack straps.

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What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Our target market would be classrooms and communities in developing countries. The Nike Grind School Pouch, would give children in cramped classrooms a designated spot for their supplies, and by adding straps, it can double as a backpack used to transport their supplies back and forth between school and home.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

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How is your idea innovative?

Through the repurposing of Nike Grind materials, we have produced a cheap and effective way to give children in developing countries some of the simple comforts we had when we were in grade school. Having a designated spot to put their supplies and having the ability to transport their materials will create a more positive and comfortable learning environment.

What inspired this idea?

This idea was inspired by our original idea of an over the chair supply organizer. However, in our user feedback stage, we learned that not all classroom in developing countries have chairs; many of them have benches. This inspired our idea to make it more of a pad design, that folds both directions

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Our team consists of four university students all exploring design and innovation as Mechanical Engineers: Michael Charonnat, Makenzie Kamei, Andrew Myers, and Amanda Parlog.

In what city are you located?

San Luis Obispo, CA

In what country are you located?



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