My classmate, Andy, and I had to do a project for our design class. So we decided to come up with a solution to the problem of having our doors dented while our car is parked in a parking lot. We thought about the problem and designed a light-weight plastic air tube to surround the car. Me and Andy took the tube to a crowded parking lot and asked people if they would use our invention. One guy told Andy and I that the tube would fall off too easily. So me and Andy changed the design to cover just the mid-part of the sides of the car. Another woman told us that it was a good idea, but that it was too easy to steal. Andy and I made some changes.
He and I put some magnetic strips inside foam tubes and attached them to the doors. It worked very well. Additionally, me and him figured out a way to put a security cable through the foam tubes and attach it to the door handle. Then, me and Andy went back to the crowded parking lot with our newest design and asked people what they thought. Immediately, everyone who saw Andy and I's door protection system asked us how much it cost and if they could buy one. At that moment, we knew our design was a winner. For Andy and I who are just high school students, this was exciting. We took our project to class and received an excellent grade.
come up with (v.) – invent, create, think of
foam (n.) – a soft sponge-like material
magnetic strips (n.) – long piece of material with the + and - attraction of a magnet
security cable (n.) – rope-like metal tie
solution (n.) – a way to fix or correct a problem