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Lions Club

About Us

We are The Lion’s Club. Ayana drew our Mascot because she’s the best artist. The Lion’s Club is made up of five fabulous third grade designers. We came up with the name The Lion’s Club because we are strong leaders and we feel that the lion is one of the strongest animals. Our team is very helpful and our secret powers include inventing and team work. We like Math, Science, and Reading. Our secret powers will help us meet all challenges.  If we could solve any problem or invent anything that would be great! We’d love to invent our own robot. This robot could help keep the cafeteria or classrooms clean. Wouldn’t that be cool? 

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Jan 16
Yes! Whiteboards are a great example of industrial design. If a mural is part of room or a hallway then it is definitely a part of the interior design of that space. Do you already have a system in place at your school where student help in the lunchroom? I bet you have other systems at work in the the way the food is served and the rules that create the process for how things flow in the lunchroom.
Jan 27
1Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to meet you and look forward to the great work you will do this year!
Jan 27
1Wobble stools sound so much more fun and appropriate for active students like yourselves! However, I bet the classic desk chair would be more comfortable if you were tired and wanted to lean back. Some designs are good for different activities or environments. Thanks for sharing a great example!
Great pictures of students doing the activity! What was the solution to move the ping pong balls across the room without crushing them, putting them in clothing, or holding them in your hands?
Jan 16
It's interesting to experience tasks that way someone different from you does, isn't it? Great job on completing this activity and then finding a new way to empathize with someone different from yourself.
Feb 3 identified some pretty serious problems here. Did you decide which one you will do? The last one seems to offer a lot of possibilities for you, the design team, to get involved in exploring creative solutions. Why do people waste so much paper? How do you get them to change? You could use different kinds of design--industrial design (things), system design (programs), experience design (make it fun or easy to do the right thing), etc. on a project like this. All of these problems you identified are BIG issues, so one way to make a manageable project is to focus on the problem in one small area--one classroom, one hallway, etc. After you know what works, you can always expand to other parts of the school!
Feb 10
1I'm interested to know if what you find out from talking to people about their recycling habits will match what you observe. Keep up the good work!
What a nice idea! Can you use your creativity to come up with an empathy activity to help you better understand the different people affected by the design challenge you are working on?
Jan 16
Nice work--you noticed a lot of things that changed. Being a good observer is an important part of being a good designer!
Feb 17
Feb 24
1We're not sure what you chose to work on for your design challenge, and we tried enlarging your picture of your empathy map but it's still a bit looks like some of your comments are about littering--are you trying to address littering in some part of your school or neighborhood?
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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.