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About Us

All about Team ABC - The members: Cierra, Khyle, Liam, and Zezah.  Cierra: ”I like to play softball and I’ve been in MG for about 4 years. I like the DT Philly project so far and I think I’m going to enjoy doing it throughout the year.”  Khyle: “My name is Khyle and I like dance, books, and learning new things. My feelings on the DT Philly project is that it will be fun for me and my teammates, and a great experience.”  Liam: “I’m Liam and I really like video games and enjoy reading books. I also like to explore places that catch my eye. I’m very excited to start this project and I think this will be a good year.”  Zezah: “I’m Zezah and I’m new to the MG program but I think I’ll be a good addition to team ABC.”

Recent comments on our work:

11/3/17 · Assignment: Design Challenges & How Might We...
Ahmed Ibrahim · Disston Dreamers 2016-17, Disston Dreamers
I like your how might we statement!
11/3/17 · Assignment: Design Challenges & How Might We...
Ahmed Ibrahim · Disston Dreamers 2016-17, Disston Dreamers
I like your how might we statement!

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Oct 31
Thanks for sharing all of these pictures! Did you come up with lots of different uses for each of these objects? Now that you know how to play, try this game with other objects and keep developing your creative skills!
Sep 29
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11Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to see the great work you'll do this year. Don't forget to upload an image for your team logo to earn your last four points for this activity.
Oct 6
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6Great job finding examples of design around you! Don't forget to add a caption or some text in the "notes" box of your submission to explain what you chose and why so you can earn 4 more points for this activity.
Oct 31
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20Thanks for having us out for your mini design sprint. When you do your actual DT Philly project, remember the strategies we discussed for research, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing!
Oct 27
Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes! Understanding the experiences and perspectives of others is an important part of the design process! What steps will you take to make sure you understand the people you are designing for?
Oct 13
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10You identified a lot of tricky problems and did a great job writing a design challenge question that identifies who you are trying to help and what outcome you hope to achieve. And you did this in a way that allows you to explore lots of creative ways to solve your problem. Nice work!
Oct 20
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10Nice work diagramming the problem! Do you think you would want to talk to students who bully others? Behavior and feelings can be sensitive topics both for bullies and for students who are being bullied so it's important to consider how you can create an environment in which students feel safe enough and comfortable enough to talk honestly about their feelings and behavior.
Oct 27
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20We love the level of detail you put into your user profiles! Nice work. Do these profiles represent users who have experienced bullying, or maybe people who stand by but don't get involved when they see bullying? Will students who bully be one of the groups of users for your project? Or is it possible that some students who have experienced bullying have been bullies at one time or another?
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10Using direct quotes is a great way to capture the feelings and perspectives of your users! Nice work. We can really empathize with them through this. And thank you for photographing your information in a way that makes it easy for us to read. Did you try any other research methods, like observing a place like the lunchroom or somewhere else bully occurs, and writing down what happened and how different people who were involved or who saw it behaved?
Nov 9
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10It sounds like the people you interviewed shared some very emotional insights into how they are affected by this problem. Did you learn anything about how or where the problem takes place--it is mostly in person (if so, are there witnesses--and what do they do?) or is it more subtle--maybe online, or in more anonymous ways? Are there certain times or locations where students are more vulnerable to bullying--at lunch, or dismissal time, or other times/places? We like the needs and outcomes you identified in your takeaways--we're confident that you can come up with lots of creative ideas for to make the school environment more welcoming, to add happiness, joy, and stability to the day for students who are vulnerable, and to create systems or services that offer support and promote justice. Keep up the good work!
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20Thanks for watching this video and learning about some of the dangers of shallow research! It's a good idea to focus on your school and not other locations. Can you identify some specific areas where you should go further in your own research to make sure you are fully exploring the problem before coming up with solution ideas? Dig deep!
Dec 8
These are great--way to get creative! Being able to see everyday things in new ways is a great skill to use in the Ideate phase of your project work. Keep this in mind as you start brainstorming solutions ideas that address the needs and goals you've identified.
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10We like that you're thinking about improving awareness, changing the way victims feel in the school environment, and creating support systems and services. Have you considered including anything about the people who do the bullying, or are you keeping your focus on supports for victims?
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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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