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Origami Artist

About Us

Hello! We are Origami Artist. Our team is made up of 5 unique Fifth-grade students from Grover Washington MS. Our team is called Origami Artists because we love to draw and make paper boats. If our team found a new planet, we would name it Dream and all the people on it would get along. The problem of bullying wouldn't exist on Dream because our team would have solved it!

Recent comments on our work:

4/20/18 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Darnell Mills · The Problem Solvers
by tyj
4/20/18 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Darnell Mills · The Problem Solvers
what is it
4/20/18 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Darnell Mills · The Problem Solvers
what is it
4/20/18 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Darnell Mills · The Problem Solvers
what is it

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Jan 19
Jan 12
1Welcome to DT Philly! We love your team name--it sounds like you have a lot of creative people on your team. If you need any help as you work on your DT Philly project, just let us know. We look forward to seeing what you do next!
Jan 19
1This is an excellent observation! You will find that many things in our technology-driven society represent more than one type of design. This could also represent industrial design as it is a physical object that someone made. Keep up the good work!
Now you're thinking like a designer! We love that you gave your invention a name--that's definitely what a designer would do--and we appreciate your sending us a nice, clear picture of your drawing. Keep up the good 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 the creative Hub of Hope partnership.
Feb 2
Jan 26
1You've made some excellent observations about challenges around you. Training students to have positive interactions is an exciting project. Why do you want to do this--what goal do you hope to achieve? Knowing this will help you assess how well your solution ideas work because it gives you something to measure against. For example, if you want to do this to reduce fighting, you can see how many fights you have now, and how many you have when you try out your solution.
Feb 2
1Your photo is a bit too blurry for us to read, but it looks like you've identified some important people and organizations that have an impact on your problem. Now you'll want to explore how they impact the situation and what their needs and goals are as part of your research!
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Mar 9
1This looks great! Can you tell us what it is and how it helps solve your problem?
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1Congratulations on completing your presentation and thank you for all of your hard work this year!
Mar 23

Badges

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!

Empathizer

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!

Definer

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!

Ideater

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.

Prototyper

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)!

Tester

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! 

Presenter

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!