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Litt Nation

About Us

Hello! We are Litt Nation. Our team is made up of 8 imaginative 5th grade students from Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School. Our team is called Litt Nation because you have to be hyped up to help others do things. If our team found a new planet, we would name it Dream Big and all the people on it would have great ideas to help each other. The problem of not eating well wouldn't exist on Dream Big because our team would have solved it!

Our Progress

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1Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to have you and to see the great work you will do this year. Dreaming big and being motivated to help other are great attributes for designers and problems solvers to have!
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1You identified a lot of different things as design challenges! We love the one you chose--eating healthy is an important issue. To solve a problem like this, you'll want to understand all of the reasons why people don't eat healthy. School lunches have to meet nutritional guidelines, so when you say you want kids to eat healthy in the lunchroom, are you talking about students who bring unhealthy snacks instead of eating the school lunch? We know there are certain rules you have to follow to sell things in school, so you might want to learn about that as part of your research. Make sure you are asking lots of questions so that you understand a lot about your challenge before you start coming up with solutions.
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1It sounds like you learned quite a bit about people's eating habits at your school. We're curious about your restaurant comment--is this about students eating choices at home? Your design question seemed to be focusing on lunch-time food options. Where does the restaurant part fit in? During your research, did you talk to any experts, like your principal or the cafeteria staff? They probably have some fantastic information about why the food is the way it is, as well as some rules about what kind of food you could bring in. Is there someone you can talk to who knows a lot about eating healthy as well? They might have some good ideas about food options, as well.
Feb 16
1Nice work! Now you want to look for needs people have that can become themes for brainstorming and write these in the "conclusions" section of your empathy map. It looks like not knowing how to cook, not making healthy choices about what to eat, and not having places to buy healthy meals might be some themes that could emerge from what you wrote down. When you start brainstorming, each of the needs or themes you put in that bottom section of your empathy map will will become a general topic for which you will brainstorm lots of different and specific ways to address that need (you'll do this for your Genius at Work activity). The video we made you for the Ideate stage of your project will show you an example of how to do this kind of brainstorming!
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Design Thinker

An intrepid explorer, equipped with the skills and tools to conquer challenges large and small.

Project Start Up - SEPTA Hub of Hope

Congratulations!  You're starting to look at things like a designer.  Great design starts with seeing a problem or an opportunity, just as SEPTA did when they noticed a rise in the number of homeless people seeking shelter at Suburban Station.  In response, SEPTA teamed up with Project HOME and the city government to build a permanent Hub of Hope in the station—a center where the homeless can go during the day for a meal, a shower, to do laundry, and to get access to different kinds of health and social services.  Thanks to the hard work of these creative problem solvers, the Hub of Hope is scheduled to open in January 2018!


A perseptive observer and thoughtful listener, adept at understanding how other people think and feel.

Empathize - PariHug

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else’s shoes!  Designers empathize to understand what other people are going through so they can figure out how to help.  Knowing how hard it is to be away from people you love, especially when you need a hug, prompted college student Xyla Foxlin to look for a solution.  Her invention, Parihug, is a plush toy that connects to other Pari toys with an app.  When you hug your Pari, your friend's Pari vibrates to “hug” your loved one.  Pari operates over a wireless internet connection and is washable, so it’s easy to use and clean.  A $1,000 grant and a Kickstarter campaign helped Xyla start her company and bring Parihug to life!


An inquisitive investigator, driven to dig deep and discover the hidden causes of problems.

Define - Vibram

Nice work—good observation skills help you gather the information you need to solve your design problem!  Shoe designers learn a lot from seeing how people use their shoes and from noticing any problems they have.  Have you ever seen a shoe that looks and works like this one?  Inspired by Furoshiki, a Japanese cloth traditionally used to bundle clothes and other goods, Vibram designer Masaya Hashimoto created a shoe that wraps around a person’s foot.  The Furoshiki shoe offers a soft, customized fit that works for feet of all shapes and sizes, and it recently won an award from the Hong Kong Design Centre!


A creative and flexible thinker, brimming with imaginative ways to solve tricky problems.

Ideate - AP Thailand

Way to get creative!  It's not always easy to see everyday things or experiences with new eyes, but that's exactly what AP Thailand, a real estate company, did in a crowded neighborhood in Bangkok where there was no room to build soccer fields.  AP Thailand literally thought outside the box and designed non-traditional fields to fit into spaces that were considered unusable.  These unusual soccer fields are a hit with residents who now have a place to play their favorite sport.


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

Prototype - Sugru

Wow—you’re really flying now!  Building your ideas helps you learn what works and shows you where you can improve your designs.  Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh was studying product design at the Royal College of Art in London when she started experimenting with ways people could fix or improve things they already own instead of buying new things.  Jane’s invention, Sugru, is a shapeable glue that resembles Play-Doh but turns into durable rubber when it sets.  It’s been used for everything from fixing electronics and shoes to building a prosthetic foot for a chicken!  The seven years Jane spent developing and improving her idea paid off…TIME magazine named Sugru one of the 50 best inventions of 2010 (along with the iPad)!


An open-minded experimenter, dedicated to improving solutions through trial and feedback.

Test - Chavannes and Fielding Badge

Now you get the picture…testing is very important!  How else will you know that your idea actually works?  Consider the case of bubble wrap.  It was originally designed to serve as 3D wallpaper.  It didn’t succeed on that front, but its inventors Mark Chavannes and Alfred Fielding realized that their creation’s protective properties and light weight had other uses!  Three years after they failed as wallpaper designers, they founded the Sealed Air Corporation and made bubble wrap their signature product.  More than 50 years later, we’re still using bubble wrap for packaging and popping fun! 


A mesmerizing storyteller, inspired to engage and inform audiences through words and pictures.

Design Showcase – Field Trip to Mars

Hooray—you’ve made it to the final stage of DT Philly, and it’s time to think about how you’ll share the story of your design project.  What will help people understand?  Lockheed Martin, a company that makes satellites and space rockets, got creative when they wanted to show kids like you, who might be the first people to visit Mars, what it would be like to go there.  Using virtual reality, Lockheed Martin offered students a field trip to Mars—a virtual tour of the planet that you take by actually boarding a school bus and driving around!  Take a page from Lockheed Martin and think about how you can bring your story to life!

DT Philly Puzzle