Introduction: Cornerstone Project Update Introduction

In our project, we're making a shelter house for victims of abuse. The shelter house will help people that are being abused and need a place to stay a place, a place to spend the night. We chose to build a shelter house for victims of abuse due to abusement levels going up because of drug and alcohol overdose it makes you do stuff you wouldn't normally do. We want to help others so that they are safe and able to feel like they have a place to go to and they also feel safe and so that they aren't roaming around in the streets.

Step 1: Materials and Tools Selection

Step 2: Coding

For our coding, we made the motion sensor, it detects any movement in the structure and if a person stays in the structure for the night they will be able to unplug it when going to bed. Below we have the code we used in order to make our motion sensor work.

int plug = 13; // the pin that the plug is atteched to
int sensor = 8; // the pin that the sensor is atteched to

int state = LOW; // by default, no motion detected

int val = 0; // variable to store the sensor status(value)

int timer = 0;

void setup() {

pinMode(plug, OUTPUT); // initalize PLUG as an output

pinMode(sensor, INPUT); // initialize sensor as an input

Serial.begin(9600); // initialize serial


void loop(){

val = digitalRead(sensor); // read sensor value

if (val == HIGH) { // check if the sensor is HIGH

digitalWrite(plug, HIGH); // turn LED ON

timer = 0;

delay(100); // delay 100 milliseconds


if (state == LOW) {

Serial.println("Motion detected!");

state = HIGH; // update variable state to HIGH



if (val == LOW) {



} if (timer >= 1000) { digitalWrite(plug, LOW); // turn LED OFF

delay(350); // delay 10 milliseconds

if (state == HIGH){

Serial.println("Motion stopped!");

state = LOW; // update variable state to LOW




Step 3: Mechanical, Electrical, Structural

For the structural component, we switch the wall around. We also put the sides of the wall and what we still want to do is waterproof the house by using epoxy so that the wood is protected by all the rain we've been having this year.

For our electrical component, we want to work on putting some air into the structure in order to have a heating system in the structure so if it is hot we can put fans on to cool off.

Step 4: Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Dig 5 holes.

Step 2: Add 4 locks

Step 3: Grab a level tool and make sure the blocks are leveled. Make sure the measurements are accurate of how far the blocks are and that they're in the right position.

Step 4: Grab 2 by 4 pieces of wood and chop saw them if needed.

Step 5: Drive holes and drill screws into the wood to create the base

Step 6: Place the base/wood into the blocks

step 7: Drill screws to 2 by 4-inch wood to begin adding the shape of the structure

Step 8: Add the plywood around the structure to begin the walls.

Step 5: Project Conclusion and Plan for the Next 2 Weeks

Overall, our project was good we succeed in gathering research about abuse and how living in a life shelter is. Also, we succeeded in making a website. However, we struggled in getting the blocks leveled eventually, we were able to by leveling it out by using sand. We also struggled with getting materials because we needed a wire in order to power our solar panel, therefore, our solar panel wouldn't work since we didn't have that wire. We would change our design by making the size of the shelter wider so that if someone is being abused along with their children, the victim could take their children with them. We would also like to open our structure to men because not only women experience abuse.

The next two weeks we will get more wood and cut the other side of the wall which is a triangle-shaped wall to place on the side. Also, we will add epoxy to the wood to make it waterproof so that the wood doesn't get ruined by the rain. We will add the cover of our structure so that it has a cover so the person feels protected, put the hinges on so that we are able to open and close the little house.