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The Striped Lions

About Us

The Striped Lions is made up of seven scholarly fifth grade designers.  We are called the Striped Lions because we are mighty, unique and fit together. Our team is very smart and powerful.  Our secret powers include our loud roars and actions that help bring about change in our community. We like different types of food, animals, chocolate and candy.  If we could solve any problem or invent anything, it would be imposing severe penalties (consequences) for anyone caught cyber bullying. 

Recent comments on our work:

4/27/17 · Assignment: Genius at Work
Diedre Cooper · The Striped Lions, Carnell School #1
5/10/16 · Assignment: I Like/I Wish/What If
Sasha Peguero · Carnell's Seven Olympians
His it's me sashs
5/10/16 · Assignment: I Like/I Wish/What If
Sasha Peguero · Carnell's Seven Olympians
5/6/16 · Assignment: I Like/I Wish/What If
Sasha Peguero · Carnell's Seven Olympians
Hello it's me Sasha I really miss you guys
5/6/16 · Assignment: I Like/I Wish/What If
Sasha Peguero · Carnell's Seven Olympians
Hello it's me Sasha I really miss you guys
1/21/16 · Assignment: In Their Shoes
Paolo Leduna · Carnell's Little Einsteins
I felt the same way when I put on those glasses. This experience made me feel very empathetic to people with impaired vision. You guys did awesome on this project! 4 thumbs up!
1/21/16 · Assignment: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Paolo Leduna · Carnell's Little Einsteins
I totally agree with everything! You guys did an awesome job! Keep it up!

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Jan 16
What great examples of these four different areas of design. Nice work Striped Tigers!
Jan 27
1Thanks for sharing a bit about your team! We're so excited to see you put your mighty and unique heads together to tackle a problem around you!
Jan 27
1Wow--someone on your team is good at drawing! It is much easier to write on a computer, especially when you have to go back and edit your writing or fix a mistake! Do you know anyone who still uses a typewriter? You could also go more low-tech and say a pencil and a pen are two different tools that help you accomplish the same task.
Jan 16
Thank you for trying this activity and learning to see things from another person's perspective. This is an important skill for designers to have! Don't forget to use it when you do your own DT Philly project!
Feb 3
1It sounds like this is a big problem in your school. Does it happen everywhere, or are you looking to address this problem in a specific hallway? It might be easier to research as well as to prototype and test solutions if you start by concentrating on one hallway. What other problems did you consider before you settled on this challenge?
Feb 10
1These are all great observation ideas and questions! Trying to understand why people do what they do is tricky (because they don't always understand themselves or may not always want to tell the whole truth). I'd be curious to know how often it happens in a given day, and if it's always the same students or if it's a little bit of everyone. If it's always the same students, then you have a smaller audience to understand and design for!
Jan 16
You have good observation skills--this will really help you in your design work!
Feb 17
1You learned some very important information in your research--figuring out what time the problem occurs, what is different during that time (teachers are on prep), and what students contribute most to the problem (2nd & 3rd grade) will really help you target your solution. Also, exploring the reasons why students do what they do should give you good insights and ideas for your solution. Great work!
Feb 24
1Nice work identifying takeaways you can use for your brainstorming! I'm sure you can come up with lots of different ideas about increasing supervision and finding more activities to keep students occupied.
Jan 16
We hope you had fun with this activity and it helped you get into creative thinking mode for your brainstorming!
Mar 3
1Great job brainstorming and coming up with a lot of ideas! Do you know anything about what the staff members who cover those prep periods have tried to do to keep students in the classrooms? This might be another area to explore that would help you generate ideas!
Jan 16
Mar 10
1These are some very interesting ideas (and good sketches)! Are you thinking that if 2nd and 3rd grade don't have prep at the same time, it will reduce the number of problems? Would different staff members cover those preps if they were at a different time? Or are students more restless and energetic after lunch, so changing the time might help reduce the problem? Are students supposed to be doing anything in particular now during prep?
Mar 17
1The file didn't upload (or the link is broken) so unfortunately we can't see your amazing prototypes for your proposed schedule changes and your hall monitor solution.
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Mar 31
1Congratulations on your DT Philly project! You did a great job explaining your process in your presentation, and we like that you explored both a big-picture strategic approach to solving your problem (addressing the root causes of the students in the hallway) as well as an immediate, intervention-style approach by addressing the behavior as it happens. Your research and testing helped you develop some important insights into the problem and what works. We hope you'll keep using the skills you learned and practiced with your DT Philly project to solve more problems!
Mar 31
1Thank you for your excellent feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed participating in DT Philly this year. Are you ready to solve other problems using the design thinking process?


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 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.