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DT Skywalkers

About Us

We are Carnell Elementary's 4th grade DT Skywalkers! We don't walk, we run to school! We can't wait to learn. We are made up of 8 amazingly awesome 4th grade scholars. Hi, I'm Charles! I love playing with my friends. Hey, I'm Lashae. I love math! Hi, I'm Laila! I love to write! Hey, I'm Haby. I love to be creative! Hi, I'm Layla. I love to teach and learn! Hey, I'm Francisco, people call me Chico. I love to play basketball. Hi, I'm Tamara. I love Girls on the Run! Hey, I'm Jesley. I love to be bossy and Ms Richardson! Together, we are the Skywalkers. We are excited to work together to complete our DT missions!

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Jan 19
Jan 12
1Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to have you participating, and we look forward to the great work you will do. It sounds like you have a lot of talented people on your team--this diversity will help you bring different skills and perspectives to your design work this year.
Jan 19
1We love the way you approached this and found so many great examples of different types of design--you must have learned a lot! And you're right...many of the examples we give you represent more than one type of design. You're very perceptive to pick up on that. Keep up the great work!
Feb 2
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Feb 2
You did a wonderful job on your user profiles--you captured very different users, and you identified key behaviors (for example, blaming things on others) and feelings (for example, wanting to be visible) that will be important to keep in mind. As you develop different ideas for possible solutions, check back with these "characters" (which designers call "users") to see which ideas best address the needs of the people represented here. Keep up the good work!
Feb 16
Excellent observation skills! You are the first team to solve the mystery! Your keen powers of observation and your analytic skills will serve you well as you research your design problem and generate ideas for potential solutions.
Feb 9
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Mar 9
Nice work--you created a lot of fun faces! We hope you enjoyed this activity, and that it helped you practice seeing things in a new light!
Feb 23
1Your team works so well together, and it was fun to watch you come up with all of these great ideas--thanks for letting us visit! Your next step will be to sift through all of these ideas to find a few that you think are most promising. Once you choose these ideas, sketch out how each idea could work. Your ideas will probably be more about designing systems (maybe for reporting bullying, or supporting victims) or programs (maybe to train people to get involved, or to educate students about coping strategies) than designing things (like a room or an object). To "sketch" a system or a program, you can use diagrams or cartoons that tell a story about how something would work. Or posters that promote or teach something for your program or system. We know you'll be creative!
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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 3