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7 Keys to Success

About Us

We are a group of sophomores in the Sports Marketing CTE class.  Individually we are smart, athletic, happy, fun, funny, leaders, DECA. Together we are a MEGA powerhouse ready to take on DESIGN projects. We are READY for IT. 

Recent comments on our work:

11/5/18 · Assignment: Our Design Challenge
Lissett Caballero · The Dreamchasers
I like your idea because we are doing something similar to your group. Also, how are you going to change this? What steps are you taking to change the environment of the lunchroom? Love to see more of your teams work nice job! keep working.
10/19/18 · Assignment: Rich Picture & Research Plan
Ahmed Hassan · 7 Keys to Success
Which research strategies do you plan to use? #1 Talk to people #2 Live like the user #3 Observe people and situations Whos will you talk to? We will talk to the students about their opinion on lunch. We will also talk to school police and see if they think this will fix violence. We would also talk to our administration to see if you idea is possible . We also need to talk to teachers because they are he ones who have students in their classrooms because of kids not going to lunch. What will you observe? What places can you learn from or visit? We will observe the students behavior in the lunchroom, and see if they were effects by the changes that we made.

Our Progress

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Sep 21
Congratulations on solving the mystery! We're glad you enjoyed the activity and got creative in interpreting the key symbolism. The skills you used today to solve this mystery will serve you well in DT Philly and beyond, and we're excited to see what you do for your project.
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10Welcome to DT Philly! We like your enthusiasm and hope you enjoy learning about design thinking and the ways you can use it to solve problems or make something new or better. We look forward to seeing the great work you'll do!
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1Nice work! Your ability to see things in a new light will serve you well throughout your DT Philly project!
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4We definitely want you to be thinking like designers as you work on your project. This means learning about the needs of the people you're designing for, making sure you are meeting those needs, and keeping your minds open to different ways of achieving the same goal so you can find the best solution for the people you're helping in the place where you are helping them. Don't forget to do the design exercise that was part of this activity and upload it to earn 4 more points.
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20Thank you for having us out to visit. We had fun working with you on your mini design sprint! Remember the tips we gave you about how to do each stage of your design thinking project, and let us know if you have questions or need help at any point in your project.
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8We've heard about this problem at your school! You don't want to jump ahead to a solution just yet, but it's o.k. to be a bit more specfic about what the problem is...for example, you could say "how might we reduce the problems caused by overcrowding in the cafeteria so students can have a more enjoyable lunch experience." If we remember correctly, there are quite a few issues related to overcrowding and student behavior in the cafeteria (not sure if those two things are connected). This will be ineresting to research!
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4We're not sure what your project is, but from your research plan it sounds like it has something to do with behavior in the lunchroom. This should be very interesting to research! You can learn a lot by interviewing or talking to all different kinds of students, and even the cafeteria staff. It could be interesting to try to measure the behavior problems for different lunch periods and find out if some are worse than others. If so, that might help you focus your work on a particular group or students. Did you do your rich picture? That's the activity where you write/draw everything you think or know is going on with your problem...like we did when we came for your mini design sprint. Don't forget to do and upload that to earn 4 more points for this activity.
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Badges

Start-Up: Nike Grind Badge

Congratulations on your creative problem solving—an essential skill for every designer!  Innovations and break-through moments come when you think outside the box, like Nike did when they began recycling worn-out shoes to reduce the company's environmental impact.  The recycled shoes were ground up and used to create springy surfaces for athletic facilities.  For example, Sacramento Kings fans donated their sneakers to be used in constructing the team's new practice court.  Not content to stop there, Nike keeps developing new applications for this innovative product, and recycled material from Nike Grind is now used in 71% of the company's footwear and apparel!

Empathize: Hub of Hope Badge

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes.  Designers empathize to understand the needs of the people they want to help, just as SEPTA did when they agreed to collaborate with other agencies to serve homeless people where they already congregate...at Suburban Station.  Instead of kicking the homeless out, the agencies worked together to open the Hub of Hope, a site that functions as a daytime living room for homeless individuals, where they can socialize, get a meal, shower, do laundry, and access a variety of health and social services in a safe and welcoming setting.

Define: Embrace Badge

Nice work using your powers of perception!  Good designers keep their eyes and minds open so they don't miss key insights...just as four Stanford students did while creating a low-cost baby incubator for developing countries.  To learn more about the problem, team member Linus Liang traveled to Nepal.  His "aha" moment came when he discovered that hospital incubators often went unused because mothers couldn’t get to, or stay at, the hospital.  The team realized they had to create something that could be used easily and affordably in homes, as well as in hospitals.  The team kept researching and learning throughout their design process to make sure their product met the needs of the people they wanted to help.  Since 2011 their solution—the Embrace Incubator—has helped over 200,000 babies in 20 countries.

Ideate: 40/4 Chair Badge

Way to get creative!  It's not always easy to see things with new eyes, and sometimes ingenious design is hidden right in front of you.  When was the last time you gave any thought to the humble stacking chair?  Designer David Rowland spent 8 years of his own time designing a chair that could be compactly stacked to fit the greatest number of chairs in the smallest amount of space.  He made 32 full-scale models in a quest to achieve the best form and greatest comfort, and he was rejected many times when he tried to license his final design for a chair that could be stacked 40 high at a height of just 4 feet.  But he persisted, and today his 40/4 chair is the winner of numerous awards, is showcased in museums around the world, and is a commercial success.  8 million and counting have been sold since 1964!

Prototype: Kenji Ekuan Badge

Well done!  Prototyping takes patience and persistence, as Kenji Ekuan demonstrated when he and his team spent three years designing the elegant, tear-drop shaped Kikkoman soy sauce bottle.  Mr. Ekuan, an award-winning designer who also worked on the Yamaha VMAX motorcycle and Japan’s bullet trains, is said to have tested over 100 prototypes before finalizing the design of the innovative and dripless two-sided spout—a design which works so well it hasn't been altered since it was introduced in 1961!

Test: MWOBS Badge

Now you know...testing's not just for school!  Designers know it's important to put their prototypes through rigorous real-world tests, which is why people who design products to function in extreme outdoor environments go to the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, where the conditions are equivalent to what you’d encounter in Antarctica and the polar regions!  Clothing, experimental robots, and tents are just a few of the products to test their mettle against the mountain!

DT Philly Showcase: Es Devlin Badge

Hooray—you've made it to the final stage of DT Philly, and it’s time to think about how you’ll tell the story of your design project.  Take a page from the playbook of renowned set designer Es Devlin and consider your presentation from the perspective of the audience.  How will they see, hear, and experience your story?  Devlin, who has designed sets for Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, as well as for fashion shows, plays, operas, and ballets, thinks about the spirit of the performance and the experience the audience will share.  How will you bring your story to life and connect with your audience?

Collaborator Badge 1 of 4

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

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