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Winnie Zhao · Aquaponics Squad

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4Welcome to DT Philly! We're delighted that you are joining us this year, and we hope you have fun using design thinking to solve a problem. Don't forget to submit a little introduction to your team to earn 4 more points for this activity! If you're not sure what to write, some things you can share in your introduction are: who are you, what makes your team awesome, what motto or slogan best represents your team, and what is something the world needs that hasn't been invented yet.
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8Nice job! We especially enjoyed your ideas for the parachute phone and the metal fall protector--and the great sketches you made to explain those ideas. Being able to express your ideas visually is a great design skill. Just as you paid attention to your own needs and preferences in designing your phonen cases, you'll want to pay attention to the needs and preferences of other people--the ones you're trying to help--when you create your DT Philly design. The better you understand the audience for your project, the better your solution will be!
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8We're intrigued by your interest in finding alternative, less resource-intensive ways to grow plants. Your design challenge question is very broad, and we're wondering if it might be helpful to add some parameters to it...like who do you want to help by doing this, and why it is important? Is this something you want to do for the horticulture program at your school? We don't want to suggest a project direction for you, but here is an example of how you could write a design challenge question that is more specific: "How might we help the horticulture program innovate their growing practices so they can increase greenhouse crop production while decreasing their use of precious resources?"
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4This is so interesting...it seems that when most people talk about the need to create access to healthier food, they mean improving the choices at corner stores, or improving access to produce markets and full-service grocery stores. But you have a different vision--helping people grow their own food. How will you go about researching this? Can you identify a target audience within your school community that you can use to research questions like how much produce people eat at home now, what people currently do to get fresh produce (is it easy or hard to get?), how much interest there is in growing their own produce, and how much space people have at home for growing their own produce? It might also be interesting to see what you can learn about growing cycles and quantities so you can try to figure out how much time and how much space you need to grow enough food for an individual or a family.
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Were you surprised to see how many things changed? It's funny how we sometimes don't see things that are right in front of us. Remember this and be alert when you're doing your project research. Hover over the Embrace Badge on your team page to learn how noticing things helped one design team create an innovative medical device!
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8Thank you for completing this year's Scavenver Hunt. You got 5 of the 6 answers correct--nice work! We're not sure what video you watched about carpal tunnel, but the videos we made for you to introduce each stage of your design process are about a student design team that is working on a library project (links to the videos are available in your assignment list). We will let Mr. Ferrarelli know you are interested in his thoughts on your project and ask him to email Mrs. McAdams. Don't forget to check the notices section (the pink box at the top of your TEAM page, not the section of homepage that shows tweets) from time to time and read the new announcements. We left you a few questionnaires that we'd love to have you answer if you can!
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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?

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