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About Us

Hello we are Designer Squad. Our Team is made up of 4  Believer 5th grade students from John Moffet Elementary School. Our Team is called  Designer Squad because we are great at designing a lot of things…Go Designer Squad! If our team found a new planet, we would name it Dazooner Space and all the people on it would have helped make houses for ALL the  Homeless. The problem of homelessness wouldn’t exist on Dazooner Space because our team would have solved it!

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Jan 19
Jan 12
1Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to have you here, and it sounds like DT will be right up your alley! Let us know if you need anything as you work on your project...we can't wait to see what the Designer Squad does this year!
Jan 19
1Nice work! You learned about a lot of different types of design, and you did a great job sorting the examples we gave you--some of them fall into multiple categories, so it can be tricky! A library is a great example of one of these--the photo example we sent shows an interior design of a library. You're right, though, that a library is also a system. The way you select and check out books, how the books are sorted in your library, and even how your school schedules classes to use the library, are all examples of system designs! Often, different kinds of design combine to create really great things, places, or experiences--like the library. As you move forward in your DT Philly project, keep thinking about all the different types of design. Its likely that your DT Philly project will use one or more of the types of design from this activity.
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Jan 26
1Increasing the number of dress down days is an interesting challenge...what problem will this solve for people at your school, or how will it make things better? Finding out how dress-down days work now (who decides when they happen, why do they happen), why you have a uniform policy, and how people feel about the uniform policy are all topics you might want to learn more about as part of your research. The more you know about the situation or problem, the better your solution will be!
Feb 2
1We like that your class combined your Ozobot project with your DT Philly work! You did a nice job identifying different people and places that are involved in bullying at your school to create a rich picture. However, your "how might we" question was about dress-down days. Did you change your topic to bullying? If so, you'll want to go back and write a new "How Might We" question about that. If you still want to work on dress-down days, you'll want to redo this activity, identifying people, places, and things that affect dress down days.
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It was fun to get to work with your teams finding faces around your school! We hope that this activity helped you practice seeing things in a new light!
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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 1