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Engineering Tigers 2017-2018

About Us

Hello! We’re The Engineering Tigers from Kensington High School! We’re juniors and seniors who love design, technology, and engineering. We meet after school to work on engineering challenges like DT Philly. We are Ernesto, Ryan, Brietney, Britney, and Anthony. We are in Mr. Cruz’s engineering level 2 class and enjoy his course. Last year we placed third in DT Philly for our cell phone cubby design. We hope to again be inspired by a new problem and try to solve it using the engineering design process. ​

Recent comments on our work:

1/12/18 · Assignment: Design Concept Sketches
Micheal Clement · The Golden Tigers, Team Tigers
We loved your introduction video. We like your name and using the tiger costume was great. The illustration of the chair looks like a chair from the future. The chair looked futuristic.
1/12/18 · Assignment: Design Concept Sketches
Micheal Clement · The Golden Tigers, Team Tigers
We loved your introduction video. We like your name and using the tiger costume was great. The illustration of the chair looks like a chair from the future. The chair looked futuristic.
12/20/17 · Assignment: Dig Deep
Ryan Thach · Out Smarters
This was well thought out... I like how they used a mind map to represent the many parts of the cheerios problem!
12/21/17 · Assignment: Design Challenges & How Might We...
Patrick Obogo · Fabulous Seven
This looks like a good project. We have a library but it is not used as a library. Do you really think kids will go to the library in school and keep it neat, We have messy kids her and they threw books.

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Oct 31
Thank you for sending us your pictures. It looks like you came up with lots of ideas for the items! You can try this game at any time over the course of DT Philly by subbing in different objects. It's a great way to exercise your creativity!
Sep 29
10
15Welcome, or welcome back, to DT Philly! We are excited to see the great work you'll do this year!
Oct 6
10
10Excellent examples and descriptions. We like that you focused on things in your school environment- you're already seeing design challenges around you!
Oct 31
20
20Thanks for having us out to Kensington for the design sprint! We enjoyed working with you and seeing all your ideas. Remember the work we did and the methods we learned today as you go through DT Philly!
Oct 27
Oct 13
10
8You came up with a great variety of design challenges around you! Thanks for submitting your "how might we" statement! We love that you want to provide library resources to students, but consider rephrasing your statement with the goal you want to accomplish. That may be getting students access to books, a place to study, or something else. There are other ways to provide library resources than a traditional library, and you want to make sure you are open to alternate solutions.
Oct 20
10
8We like that you're looking at your problem realistically by considering issues like space and cost. Make sure you think about what your larger goals are--what is it that you hope having a library will accomplish? For example, if a goal is to give students access to books, there may be alternate ways to do that besides a brick and mortar library. If a goal is a quiet space to study, does that space have to be a library? Your research will help you better understand what students (and, maybe, teachers?) need. Make sure you identify needs and goals instead of jumping directly to a solution--you've done a bit of this already with the "why" section of your rich picture diagram. One of the things missing from your rich picture that would be helpful information is what existing systems there are. You mention the public library is unsafe, but are there any other options for students to get books currently? For your research strategies, interviewing students will be very helpful in identifying what unmet needs exist. Talking to your administration will be key to understanding what constraints your project has. Visiting a library is a great idea--are there other places it may be helpful to visit? Is there a place a lot of students go to study, or even to hang out? It might be interesting to compare this type of space to a library.
Oct 27
20
8Thanks for doing Fresh Perspectives activity. Unfortunately, we can't read your photo, so its hard for us to tell what work you did. You can double your score for this activity if you turn in a readable photo for this assignment!
Nov 22
Oct 27
10
8Great work! Continue being diligent and observant in your work.
Nov 3
10
Unfortunately, we can't give you credit for this activity since your team did not attend the Virtual meeting. However, we appreciate you sharing your research. It might be helpful to talk to the administration about why they said "no" to repurposing a space for a library. Again, broadening your view of the problem may help here. Maybe you can't take over space in the school, but you may still be able to provide library resources to students.
Nov 9
10
8It sounds like you've gathered a lot of helpful information, from your visit and your surveys and interviews. Showing students images to get a better idea of what aesthetic they would like was also a good research tactic and it's very exciting that your administration is letting you use a space to test out your ideas! We would love to hear more about your visit to the local library- did you learn more about the process of managing a library from the staff there? How do they finance buying more books and keeping staff? Maybe there's even an opportunity for a partnership with the local library you visited! Great work gathering information--make sure you keep what you've learned in mind as you move forward with your design project!
Nov 17
10
4It looks like you have a lot of interesting information on your Empathy Map! Unfortunately, we can't read any of your post-it notes. Please submit some clearer photos so we can read your work and give you feedback! Submit hose photos and your reality check to earn 4 points back on this activity.
Nov 22
20
16Wow! We love that you made a mind map of ways to dig deeper with your research. These are all important considerations, and talking more with your administrators and with parents may help you identify resources and supports. You're asking a lot of great questions. Keep asking them--the more you learn, the better your project will be!
Dec 8
Nov 22
10
4Wow--it looks like you identified a lot of project goals. Unfortunately, since your photo isn't clear it's hard for us to read your goals and ideas. Please submit some clearer, more zoomed in photos so we can give you feedback, and to earn 4 more points on this activity.
Dec 1
10
Dec 8
20
12You have a very creative eye! We especially like the Phillies "P", and the rooster. Share with us something you may be overlooking in your project to gain 4 points back on this activity, and remember to keep looking for things right in front of you may have missed!
Jan 19
Dec 8
10
8These are beautiful furniture designs! It looks like they are concepts for furniture that could go in your library. While we appreciate these designs, we would love to see some design concepts and prototypes of your library space, if that is still the focus of your project. Do you have a specific location in mind? How will that space work with regard both to its physical arrangement and the resources or amenities offered?
Dec 15
10
Dec 22
10
8This is a great plan for next steps! It looks like you are on track to have a full space up and running that you can preview to your users to get feedback. We like that you have plans in here to monitor students reactions to the library space. How do you plan to do that? Will you simply observe, or are you also planning to give out a survey, or interview your library testers? Good luck setting up your prototype space and testing it--we can't wait to hear how your tests went.
Jan 19
20
Jan 26
Jan 5
10
It looks like you were trying to upload work for this assignment, but there's nothing here! You can leave a comment on another team's page to get credit for this assignment--we keep an eye on the comments, so we will see it!
Jan 12
10
Jan 19
10
4Wow! This model looks very professional and conveys a nice sense of what the space could look like. This assignment asked you to share how you can use what you learned from testing to help refine your prototype. Tell us more about that to earn 4 more points for this assignment.
Jan 26
20
Feb 3
Jan 26
10
8Thank you for turning in your summary, budget and implementation plan. We know you've worked hard on this project, and we're excited to see your presentation on Monday.
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?

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