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The Black Ops

About Us

Hello! We are THE BLACK OPS. Our team is made up of 5 smart Fifth graders at Grover Washington MS. Our team is called The Black Ops because it it based on how we act; we work as a team and complete missions. If our team found a new planet, we would name it Karet and all the people on it would recycle. The problem with Trump's Tweets wouldn't exist on Karet because our team would have solved it!

Our Progress

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Jan 19
Jan 12
1Welcome to DT Philly! A lot of people might want to live on Karet and enjoy that tweet-free environment! We love your team name, and your focus on collaborating to complete missions--this is a great skill to have, and we look forward to seeing how it helps you in your DT Philly project.
Jan 19
1Good thinking! Uber Eats is a great example of system design, and we didn't know it's been around for almost four years!
Now you're thinking like a designer! We're sure there are many lazy people who would appreciate a way to have clean teeth without having to do any work. Don't forget to hover over the Hub of Hope Badge you just earned (on your team page) to learn the design story behind this project.
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Jan 26
1We love how much thought you put into each of these problems you identified--great job! They all sound very important, and reducing fighting is a great goal. We like that you focused in on the hallways as a place where this problem happens. This will help you create a strong and specific solution to your problem!
Feb 2
1Nice work! You identified a lot of concerns about the rivalry between students from different schools. You may also want to include places where the fights occur—do they often happen in the same spots? And are there other people who are involved in or affected by this problem (for example, school staff, or people who live or work where the fights are happening)? As part of your research, you may want to observe these places (from a safe distance) to see exactly what happens, who is around, and how the different people who are nearby react to the fight or interactions between students from different schools. The goal of your research is to figure out WHY your problem happens, which help you come up with strategies for solving it. Who could you talk to or what could you do to learn more about why these fights happen? To help you plan your research, we put a sheet called "Exploration Plan" in the back of your in the Appendix section of your handbook. Your teacher can help you find it and figure out what you could do.
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Feb 9
1Nice work exploring your problem! What types of research strategies did you use? It seems like you've talked to people. Have you observed this problem happening, or talked to an expert like your teacher, or maybe the principal? Keep digging deep and finding new information about your problem as you move forward! Fighting is a really big problem to try to solve, so you might want to focus on one particular time of day or place where fighting is a concern...this will help you focus your research.
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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!

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