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Jan 16
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Jan 27
1Great example...we almost used this for your activity cards, but we weren't sure if you'd have much experience with ebooks yet. I love ebooks if I'm traveling--helps save space, but I prefer a "real" book when space is not a problem, in part because I don't have to remember to keep a device charged up in order to read a "real" book.
Jan 16
Feb 3
1Try to take clear and complete pictures when submitting your work! It's really hard to read this blurry picture...are you working on something about fruit and water in the cafeteria? Remember, this statement should read like a complete sentence, so you want to fill out the cards in a way that constructs a full sentence describing your design challenge.
Feb 10
1These are good questions to ask! There is a lot of work going on around how to influence what children eat at school...putting vegetables up front, giving vegetable dishes fun names, cutting up fruits and vegetables instead of serving them whole, offering different choices, serving them in ways that are colorful and look nice, tracking what kids eat and what they throw away, sharing that information with parents,taking field trips to farms, and having incentives like "eat the rainbow" days (trying different colored foods) are all approaches that people are trying.
Jan 16
Feb 17
1This is an important thing to think about. If you want to use the vegetables in school during lunch, they have to be ready to pick and eat during months that school is in session. Are you also looking into a system or program to take care of the garden, including during summer vacation? And are you talking to the cafeteria workers to see how they could use any vegetables raised in the garden?
Feb 24
1It sounds like one of your concerns is that kids don't like the school lunch...did any of your research findings say that kids want more vegetables as a way to improve the lunch? What kinds of vegetables? If restarting the garden is a way you think you can make the school lunch more appealing to students, you may want to think about how kids' tastes or habits can be influenced by restarting the garden.
Jan 16
We hope you had fun with this activity and got your creative thinking skills going to help you with brainstorming for your project!
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Mar 31
1Creating a community garden is an admirable and ambitious idea! Can you tell us more about the work you did on your design project...did you do prototypes and test your ideas? What problem were you trying to solve...providing fresh food, or building community connections, or something else? What did you want to include in the garden and why? How would it all work?
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.