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About Us

My name is Anthony. My age is 9.  He likes video games and food. Anthony hopes that the team would do their best and win. He will do his best for this team to win. My name is Olivia. I am age 10. During my freetime I like to do gymnastics. I hope that this team will do a very good job.My name is Sarai. My age is 9.  During my freetime I like to draw.  My name is Sung-il. I like to play video games and food and movies. My age is 10. I hope the team would do their best and try to win. We hope that our team is a success.

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Jan 16
Jan 27
1It's nice to meet you All-Stars! We're sure you will do a good job on your DT Philly project this year. Don't forget to upload a picture of your team logo to complete this activity!
Jan 27
1Yes, jogging and walking are two different ways to get somewhere on your own two feet. We associate jogging a bit more with exercise, but that's not always true--especially if you're late to catch a bus or a train!
It's a bit hard to tell what your solution was...can you tell us more? Did you build something that addressed the design constraints outlined in the story card?
Jan 16
Feb 3
1I think your sentence building cards are a bit out of order. Are these the various design challenges you considered? And which one do you think you would like to address with your DT Philly project?
Feb 10
Jan 16
Feb 17
Feb 24
1You did a nice job identifying what's going on in the band and string rooms that is problematic. When you start brainstorming, you'll want to identify lots of different ways you could 1) minimize distractions and interruptions, 2) better organize the room and create more space, and 3) make the room more comfortable so students aren't too hot.
Jan 16
We hope you had fun finding new ways to eat these snacks, and that it helped you get your creativity flowing for your brainstorming activities!
Mar 3
Jan 16
We hope you had fun creating your dream playhouse and practicing your prototyping skills!
Mar 10
1It's great to see you started sketching some if your ideas! Can you tell us more about what these pictures show?
Mar 17
Jan 16
Yes you could! What kind of installation would you try? Maybe something really thick or giant earmuffs? Or something that would fill in any openings that let sound through, the way earplugs work?
Mar 24
Jan 16
Mar 31
1It sounds like you have some great ideas about how to improve the bandroom! Do you have any photos of the bandroom or drawings/models from your prototyping phase that you could share with us to show us more of what you're thinking? Maybe a before and after photo?
Mar 31


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.