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6 Thinkers

About Us

Attached is our team logo and mad lib. We are the 6 Thinkers and we consist of Charles, Fransisco, Jesley, Haby, Aniya, and Alliyah. We are six awesome third grade designers and we're called the 6 Thinkers because there are six of us and we are always thinking.  Our team is very confident, and our sercret powers include intelligence, ability to communicate, and respectfulness.  If we could solve any problem or invent anything we would build a time machine.

Our Progress

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Jan 16
Nice job! Remember these different types of design as you think about what kind of project you will do...there's a good chance your challenge can be addressed through one or more of these design practices!
Jan 27
1Welcome to DT Philly! We couldn't read your whole madlib (it was blurry when we tried to enlarge it to see the print) but we entered as much of the text as we could read in your "about us" section!
Jan 27
1These look like the pictures on your activity cards! You must have some good drawers on your team. Can you think of your own example of two different types of design that help you do the same task?
Jan 16
Feb 3
1These are some pretty serious problems! It might be helpful with regard to a bathroom project to focus on one or two that are near you instead of focusing on the whole school...this will allow you to experiment on a small scale and see what works.
Feb 10
1We can tell from your questions that you're working on something related to the bathrooms...what part of that process or space or experience is the problem you would like to address?
Jan 16
Feb 17
1It sounds like you have several problems here (for example, access to the bathrooms, and student behavior in the bathrooms) which could almost be separate design challenges. Changing behavior is hard work! And getting people to treat public spaces with the same care or respect they might have for their own space at home is a problem you find in a lot of places (offices, parks, etc.). Is there a way to identify and target your solution toward people who are the largest contributors to the problem? Do the students who exhibit the worst behavior negatively influence students who wouldn't otherwise leave trash on the floor, etc.?
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Badges

The Design Thinker

An intrepid explorer with a treasure chest of strategies and tools, able to tackle problems large and small.

 

Kamkwamba Badge

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi in a village that was suffering from drought.  At the age of 14, he read a book called Using Energy and was inspired to do something to help solve a problem in his village.  Using pieces of scrap metal he found in the junkyard, he built a windmill which generated electricity.  That, in turn, made it possible to operate a water pump.  His creativity and hard work made him an inspiration all around the world, and he went on to write a children's book about his experience called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Empathizer

A perceptive observer and listener,  able to understand what other people think and feel.

 

Born Badge

Eight-year old Lily Born noticed that her grandfather, who had a disease that made his hands shaky, often knocked over his cup and spilled what he was drinking.  Lily wanted to help her grandfather, so she came up with idea she called the Kangaroo Cup, a three-legged cup that didn't tip over and was comfortable to hold and use.  Lily experimented with the cup for many years, and now you can buy her invention online.

The Definer

A curious collaborator, able to ask great questions and driven to dig deep to find the root of a problem.

 

Silver Badge

Professor Josh Silver wanted to help people in poor countries who need glasses but can't get them.  In order to help, he had to do a lot of research and understand all the reasons it was hard for people to get glasses.  One thing he learned was that there aren't enough eye doctors in some parts of the world to figure out prescriptions for everyone who needs glasses, so he decided to design a pair of self-adjusting eyeglasses.  Once a person with bad vision gets these glasses, they put them on, play with the dials until they can clearly, and then they're good to go—no trip to the doctor required!

The Ideator

A bold and hardworking thinker, able to imagine lots of new ways to solve tricky problems.

 

Uncharted Play Badge

While visiting her cousin in Nigeria, 17-year-old Jessica Matthews noticed that the electricity would go out several times a day.  Later, as a student at Harvard University, Jessica and three classmates came up with an idea to design an energy-generating soccer ball for a school project.  The Soccket, as they named it, harnesses the kinetic energy generated by kicking the ball around and stores the energy in a battery that can power an LED light.  Matthews went on to start a company called Uncharted Play, which also makes an energy-capturing jump rope called Pulse.  

The Prototyper

An inventive builder, able to transform ideas into real objects or experiences with his own two hands.

 

Adidas

Adidas has developed technology that allows them to turn the plastic trash that litters the ocean into thread, which they used to create a new running shoe called Parley.  The shoe is designed with an ocean green wave pattern.  The design team made many prototypes of this shoe in order to get the plastic material flexible and durable enough for everyday use.  One big challenge was getting rid of the dead fish smell that came with some of the recycled plastic that was once used for fishing nets.

The Tester

An open-minded experimenter, able to use what she sees and hears to make solutions even better.

 

Hövding Badge

Two designers in Sweden have invented an "invisible" bike helmet.  It looks a lot like a scarf that a cyclist wears around his or her neck.  If a rider gets into an accident, the helmet inflates to protect the person's head and neck.  The designers spent a lot of time testing their ideas by simulating icy roads and other common bike-crash situations to make sure their invisible helmet only inflates during a real crash and not during a bumpy ride.

The Presenter

A confident storyteller, able to clearly describe and explain what she wants people to understand.