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Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
Washington, D.C.
Cell-Phone Locker


  • Cell phones are a critical communication link between students and parents, especially to ensure safety of the students who attend Benjamin Banneker High School, which is located in an urban area.

  • The cell-phone locker, named the Cell-Mate, was designed by the InvenTeam to overcome the ban on bringing cell phones to school, which had been established to mitigate class disruptions and cheating.

  • The metal/plexiglass-clad locker structure securely and individually stores cell phones, while students are in class. Access is provided via Solenoid locks and RFID cards.

  • The prototype was constructed in compliance with the high school’s policies.