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The Gladiators

About Us

we the gladiators are from 4 different countries and are pursuing our careers in the medical field.
Mansi- I'm from India, my parents came to America when I was 2.I grew up with two lives, at home I would strictly speak Gujarati and follow Hindu rituals and practices and out of the house, I would find interest in American traditions.My life goal is to be a registered nurse.

I'm Quenida im from West Africa and I have a dream of becoming an anesthesiologist.
Ilysha -I love food. I play almost every sport especially football despite anyone saying its just a guys sport. I love my family and friends. I really wanna go into medicine. I love helping people and being there to help people be the best they can be.
Farah- I am 16 years old turning 17 years old in a month. My parents were born and raised in Haiti but I was born in New York. I speak Creole, My favorite color is purple and my eyes are dark brown. I lived in Brooklyn most of my life but unfortunately moved to Philadelphia in 2014. I plan to become a CNA after leaving high school alongside being a college student. By the time I am 25 years old I plan to be a Pediatric.

Recent comments on our work:

1/17/18 · Assignment: Next Steps
Amina Wague · TropicalZZZ
You're a great team, with great work ethnic and I would hope my team the Tropicalzzz would get as far up on the leaderboard as your team. I love your bio because your team is so diverse and unique. I feel like even though your team is not the first on the leaderboard, your work is just as good. Hope your new invention goes well and works correctly. Please keep up the work, your whole team will get far.
1/11/18 · Assignment: Next Steps
Everett Coleman · Cookies and Creme
The Gladiators: this is great for students to have safe sex and not have accidents and become parents at teen age. I know this might look like this should not be allowed but it is apart of nature. What if they do not have the money to buy some and their parents will not give them any money to buy this. You also know they won't stop just because their parents said so.
1/3/18 · Assignment: Field Notes
Jamar Harris · Dynamic Developers
That looks like alot of work, keep it up i hope y'all win!
1/9/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Rashay Saunders · Mighty Morphin Power Designers
GOODJOB

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Oct 31
Sep 29
10
6Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to see your projects and have you on board! Thanks for going back and uploading a photo for your team!
Oct 6
10
8Good examples of design! We like that some of your examples are from things you use and encounter in everyday life. Its very likely your DT Philly project will be one of these types of design, so be sure to keep them in mind as you develop your project!
Oct 31
20
20Thanks for having us out for the design sprint! We're excited to have you on board for DT Philly, and to see what projects you come up with!
Oct 27
Oct 13
10
8Great job identifying design challenges. We like that your How Might We statement addresses the idea of students being comfortable with your solution. However, we'd recommend taking a step back to be sure that this is the best solution. If your goal is preventing STDs and teen pregnancy, are there other solutions that should be considered? Try not to get too focused on the condom dispenser just yet. We know you are continuing a project from last year's DT Philly, so its even easier to fall into jumping ahead to solutions. Try to use the research from the previous team, and conduct your own research to really dig deep and make sure you understand all sides of the problem. Maybe condom access is part of the issue, but another part could be education about condom usage or something else entirely! You won't know until you do your research.
Oct 20
10
8 We like that you are using a survey as one of your research methods- since this is a more sensitive topic, a way to get confidential information will be useful. Talking to Planned Parenthood is also an excellent idea- they will probably have a lot of helpful insights. Is there any way to know if more students would use condoms if they weren't in the nurse's office? What factors are keeping students from using condoms beside the location? We think that data like this might be helpful in the future as you design your solution. Make sure you're asking "why" again and again until you get to the root cause of the issue- it might be the location, it might be education, it might be something else entirely! Doing your research will help you find out.
Oct 27
20
12Great job observing and identifying the goals and motives of the families in the photos! Think about how you could apply these things to your project- what users are affected by your problem? What types of things do they need? How do different types of users experience things differently? See if you can identify some of your users, as well.
Nov 22
Oct 27
10
8Nice work! You now have a better understanding of the website and have practiced being observant and seeking out information. When you click on the owl, it takes you to a quiz that tests your knowledge of the various DT Philly stages--don't forget to complete these! It's okay that you haven't left a message yet for a team, but feel free to. It's a great way to ask questions or give feedback to another team!
Nov 3
10
8Thanks for presenting at the Virtual Meet Up! We think your concern about students not being honest in their responses is a valid one- since this topic is so sensitive, students may be hesitant to talk about it. One of the recommendations from a designer was to try an anonymous survey, so that might be an option. We think the idea of focusing on a culture change/ health education is an excellent idea as well!
Nov 9
10
8Nice work! Living like the user was a great research strategy for your team- improving that user experience will likely be a goal for your project, so being able to truly understand that experience will be very helpful. We think it would be helpful for you to talk to more students- during your Meet Up, a designer recommended doing a survey, which might give you additional information to work with you as you begin to think of solutions.
Nov 17
10
4You captured the thoughts and feelings of students and teachers well. It might be helpful to gather some information about how students feel about sexual health and condom use as part of your research since your goal here is to promote choices that will hopefully limit teen pregnancy. Your takeaways do an excellent job of getting at the broader issue--it definitely seems like education is a primary goal of your project! Keep that goal in mind--might it be worth rewriting your "How might we" statement to reflect the broader approach to limiting teen pregnancy and STDs? Submit the "reality check" portion of this assignment to get 4 more points on this activity!
Nov 22
20
16 Talking to a Planned Parenthood leader is an excellent way to dig deeper into your project! As far as your gaps go, we wonder if anything you learned from the Planned Parenthood person may help. We know Planned Parenthood works hard to help educate people about family planning, so they might have some ideas for how to get young people to practice prevention methods like using condoms. Awhile back, you mentioned incorporating an educational component into your project. Educating students might help convince them to access the condoms, and to use them responsibly. You're definitely digging deeper by talking to a variety of people with differing perspectives! Keep asking questions to find the best solution to your design challenge!
Dec 8
Nov 22
10
10Nice work! You did a nice job identifying different levels of outcomes. Education and changing attitudes about sexual health are great (and high level!) goals, and we like that you're focusing on education and health--if implemented, any design solutions with that objective can support long-term change. We're excited to see what possible solutions you come up with!
Dec 1
10
8You've identified a lot of important needs and goals your solution should address, and we'd like to challenge you to get even more SPECIFIC in your ideas! What are some different ways you can increase students' understanding of the risks you identified? How can you increase students' use of the different prevention practices you mention? What are different ways can you get students to take advantage of resources available to them, like the different people they can talk to? How can you address privacy concerns? What steps can you take to make it less embarrassing to get condoms, or to reduce foolish behavior? There are many ways to achieve these goals! Writing down lots of specific answers to these questions, and discussing which ones seem most appropriate for your users and your school will help you move from brainstorming to prototyping.
Dec 8
20
16You have a creative eye--nice work identifying things in the clouds. We agree that considering the cost and difficulty of your project is important. Thinking about the budget as you test your prototypes may help you decide which solution is the most realistic. As far as the difficulty of enacting a solution, perhaps prototyping the process of installing/enacting your solution alongside prototyping the solution itself would help you understand how realistic the prototype is. Don't let these things limit your creativity too much, though--it's important to be open to all ideas and then figure out which ones will work best!
Jan 19
Dec 8
10
6We are guessing your submission might be an example of a poster or flyer to raise awareness about the importance of condom usage, but it's a little hard to tell without an explanation! Please submit more of your design concepts and an explanation of the one you submitted to earn 4 more points on this activity.
Dec 15
10
6We like that you're improving the previously used prototype, but make sure you consider what you've learned from your research that differs from the work done last year. How does that inform your improvements? What was missing that should be added? Also, you may want to create some other prototypes that test other things you have thought about from your research, like ways to minimize stigma or change behavior and educate students.
Dec 22
10
8Putting up your condom dispenser in different locations is a great way to test. We know one of the goals of your project was students' feeling comfortable taking the condoms--do you think there's a way to find out how people feel about the different locations? What kinds of locations do you plan on testing in? How long will you leave the dispenser in each place? We also noticed you said you would like more sex ed classes and awareness. Is this another prototype you plan on creating and testing? If so, we would love to hear more about it.
Jan 19
20
12Thanks for having us out, and for telling us about your work! It was great to hear about what you are working on and to talk through strategies for prototyping and testing. Share with us one thing you learned from working with the Compete 360 team to earn 8 more points for this activity.
Jan 26
Jan 5
10
8Thank you for encouraging one of our middle school design teams and taking a look at the work they're doing. We're sure they appreciate your note!
Jan 12
10
Jan 19
10
8Is this what you plan to use to dispense the condoms? How do you get a condom from the machine? What parts of your problem does this dispenser help to solve? Have you tested using the gumball machine as a dispenser in your school? If so, how? Tell us more about this prototype, why it was the winner, and how you refined it to receive 4 additional points for this activity. UPDATED COMMENT- Thank you for telling us more about the gumball machine and how it works. When you tested, how many condoms were dispensed? Did you run into any issues or receive any helpful feedback from your users? Did this help you refine your system?
Jan 26
20
16Thank you for taking the time to review another design teams' work! Do you have any specific suggestions for what sort of information the Engineering Tigers could add?
Feb 3
Jan 26
10
8Thanks for submitting your budget, essay and implementation plan. Let us know if you need any help this week, and we'll see you at the ballpark on February 8th!
Feb 5
10
10Thank you for turning in your slides. We're excited to see you and hear about the work you did at the Ballpark on Monday!
Feb 5
20

Badges

Start Up- Zeroll Badge

Congratulations!  You're starting to see things with a designer's eye.  Great design comes from moments of discovery such as noticing a problem or an opportunity.  Sherman Kelly did just that in 1933 when he noticed a young ice cream server who had blisters on her hands from dishing out hard ice cream.  Kelly designed a new scoop made of cast aluminum that had fluid in the handle to transfer heat from a person's hand. This feature lightly softened the ice cream, making it easier to scoop.  In addition, the scoop efficiently rolled the ice cream into balls and did not have breakable parts.  The Zeroll scoop is one of the best in the business.  You can even find one on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art!

Empathy- Better Shelter Badge:

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes!  Designers empathize deeply to understand the people they are helping, just as Ikea and Better Shelter did when they set out to create safer and more dignified housing for refugees.  The resulting "flat pack" shelter can be assembled by 4 people in just 4 hours, is built to last three years, and features durable walls for privacy, windows for light, a locking door for security, and a solar panel that powers an overhead light and can charge a cell phone. Also, the ceiling is high enough to allow a person to stand up straight.  Over 16,000 units have been distributed, and the shelter won the Design Museum of London's Beazley Design of the Year award in 2016. 

Define - Woodland and Silver Badge:

Nice work!  Research requires patience and persistence.  Just ask Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver, who were working and studying at Drexel in 1948 when they overheard a supermarket owner ask the school president for help developing an automated system to read product information at checkout.  They settled on a design—the barcode—resembling linear Morse code and obtained a patent in 1952.  But it took much more work over many years before their vision could be fully realized, and it was in 1974 that the first product—chewing gum—was scanned at checkout.

Ideate - AP Thailand Badge:

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.

Prototype - C.B.E. Badge:

Far out!  Drinking out of a cup is something we take for granted, but in space, nothing is simple.  Until recently, astronauts have had to drink from tubes inserted into special beverage pouches.  Then, some engineers came up with an idea for a specially-shaped cup that uses principles of physics to keep liquid from floating away in the zero-gravity environment of the International Space Station.  In 2015, astronauts on the ISS began using 3D printed prototypes of the cup as part of the Capillary Beverage Experiment (C.B.E.).  

Test - Waymo Badge:

Now you get the picture…testing is very important!  How else will you know that your idea solves your problem (and doesn’t cause unintended consequences)?  In 2009 Google began testing concepts for a self-driving car, beginning with a retrofitted Prius operating on rural roads.  As their design evolved, their testing became more sophisticated, moving onto highways and then to more complex urban environments.  The self-driving car project, which Google spun off as an independent company called Waymo, has advanced its design so far that they are now conducting a public test of self-driving cars with residents of Phoenix, AZ.

DT Philly - StoryCorps Badge:

Hooray—you are on your way to getting your story out!  You want your audience to empathize with the people you are designing for, and to understand the steps, goals, and outcomes of your design process and solution.  Take a page from StoryCorps, an organization that collects and shares stories to help people understand one another’s experiences and perspectives.  Story Corps uses audio recordings, pictures, and animations to bring stories to life.  How will you tell the story of your project?

Nice work getting the conversation started!  Collaboration is key to the design process!

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