High School Student Builds And Installs Soda Vending Machine In His Locker

January 27, 2017


This is a short video demonstration of The Soda Locker, a soda vending machine that high school student Blake Hawkins built and installed in his locker at school. The coin accepter and control panel were all built from scratch and run on an Arduino microcontroller. Everything is powered by a 12 volt deep cycle battery, which, unfortunately, doesn't have enough juice to run a refrigeration system, so the cans are dispensed at room temperature. Still, impressive, and a room temperature Mountain Dew never stopped me from drinking it. Man, and to think I never made anything in high school but C's and a naked lady sculpture in ceramics class. "That looks like a camel." THOSE ARE TITS.

Keep going for the video demonstration, and Blake wrote up an impressive Instructable in case you want to build your own HERE.

Thanks to Alan, who's going to open a locker vending machine right next to Blake's selling Flamin' Hot Cheetos. The perfect combo.

  • "Now if only there was a way to keep soda in my locker without having to put coins in. Or, better yet, a type of vending machine that kept sodas cool and was possibly already available at school. Oh, well."

  • TheQiwiMan

    Entrepreneurial spirit, what a stud. One kid in about a million graduates public school with an actual marketable skill, good for him!

  • GeneralDisorder

    There was a kid in my class who I called Jarjar (because he was weird looking) who sold snacks from his locker. I have no idea how much he made over the years. He started selling things in 9th grade and pretty much always had stuff to sell.

  • Bling Nye

    Soda, not beer? What has happened to our school system?!

  • KungFuTreachery

    "High school student"

  • Andrew Newton

    My cynic alarm is going off and I suspect a cease and desist order for his hard work from the principal for encroaching on their contract with Pepsi/Coke.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    this high school student looks to be about 35 years old

  • Jenness

    Yeah, Blake is a narc who just stopped trying to 'blend in' a long time ago.

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