P16419: Marketable, Stackable Seed Starter Kit


Project Summary Project Information

Problem Statement: Rochester Roots, a local non-profit organization, in conjunction with the Montessori School in the Rochester City School District requested a seed starter kit to be built to help educate students on the life cycle. A seed starter kit is a semi-enclosed unit that allows the user to place seeds inside the unit and monitor aspects of their growth with the goal of plating during the harsh winter and transplanting them outside in the spring. A previous unit was designed which housed the seeds properly and functioned well. Rochester Roots has requested that a modified unit be developed which has a light physically attached to the unit, smaller in size for counter top use, stackable and able to monitor and output selected data.

The goal of this project is to redesign the unit housing to make it easier to stack for shipping purposes and in the classroom or home, integrate controlled lighting, add more data monitoring for soil moisture, temperature and light and reduce production costs. The end result will build upon the original design while improving its range of capabilities. The resulting product will meet the specifications set by the Rochester Roots and will be their intellectual property.

Final Product

Final Product

public/Photo Gallery/project.jpg
public/Photo Gallery/sponsor.jpg
Project Name
Marketable, Stackable Seed Starter Kit
Project Number
Project Family
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Jan McDonald Rochester Roots, jan@rochesterroots.org
Sponsor (financial support)
Rochester Institute of Technology and Rochester Roots

Team Members

 Clockwise from top right: Mohamad Shimi Ibrahim, Chidum Okoye, Cheyo Rogers, Stephen Piatkowski

Clockwise from top right: Mohamad Shimi Ibrahim, Chidum Okoye, Cheyo Rogers, Stephen Piatkowski

Member Role Contact
Cheyo Rogers Project Manager clr7780@rit.edu
Stephen Piatkowski Lead Engineer and Communications sjp1288@rit.edu
Muhamad Sohimi Ibrahim Purchasing and Engineering Research mxi9375@rit.edu
Chidum Okoye Facilitator and Engineering Research coo2071@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Project Management

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Gate Review I

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Customer Buy-off and Update

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

End of Year Gate Review