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Young Visionaries

About Us

Welcome! We are the Young Visionaries from Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. As young visionaries our group's goal is to come together to create a more comfortable learning environment for our students. Each of us have different visions that will collectively come together and benefit our school. Phil is a varsity athlete at our school and is a social person with many associates. Jaila is a dancing queen that enjoys creating dances. Jalin  is a creative student. Dinah is a smart student that likes hanging out with her friends. Madison is a student-athlete that loves her dog. Cameron is a basketball player that likes collecting sneakers. Bria is a track-star who loves to listen to all genres of music. While we all have different interests, we will come together to see that our vision becomes a reality.

Recent comments on our work:

10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Cameron Coles · Young Visionaries
- What i learned last week was how to get an issue and figure how to solve it to make the situation better the example we had was the kids sliding down the rail and how its dangerous and they can hurt themselves so to fix it my group made like the grip you can put on the rail so they can’t slide down.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Bria Barnes · Young Visionaries
From this lesson, I learned how to come up with ideas first, make a plan, and make prototypes to ensure that our design will work and be successful.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Phil Larose · Young Visionaries
The lesson taught us to create a solution to a problem. After we should create a prototype to demonstrate and to prove that our idea works. If we are correct our problem should be solved in a creative and reasonable way.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Jaylin Alston · Young Visionaries
When Ms. Williams and Ms. Galpin came in to present i learned how one thing could affect more than one person. I also learned how to solve problems .
10/4/18 · Assignment: Meet the Team
Dinah Riley · Young Visionaries
I learned it's important to plan and sketch your ideas and also figure out who the idea/solution is affecting.

Our Progress

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Sep 21
Sep 21
Sep 21
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10Welcome to DT Philly! You have some great goals, and we hope design thinking will help you achieve them. We're excited to see what you'll do this year!
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Sep 28
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10Nice work with your drawings and explanations. We hope this activity and talking about the designs on the accompanying cards helped you understand that there is more than one way to achieve the same goal. This is a good thing to keep in mind when you're working on your DT Philly project. Also remember the needs of your audience when you're doing your design project. Their needs and preferences will help you make important decisions about what to include in your design!
Oct 19
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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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6Wow, it sounds like there are a lot of things there that you could work on for your project! The communication problem is an important one to tackle because it affects so many people and so many situations. Try to turn this big messy problem into a design challenge question, like we did during your mini design sprint when we wrote "how might we prevent sliding on the railings in the stairwells in order to keep kids safe and make the teacher's day easier?" A design challenge question typically starts with the words "How might we..." and identifies the problem you want to solve and why you want to solve it. Sometimes it also includes who you want to help and where you are addressing the problem. Pages 18-19 of your playbook give you an example and explain more about how to do this, and you can earn 4 more points by doing this. Let us know if you need help with this.
Oct 12
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6We're not quite sure if this is showing the problem you have now or what you would like to see happen in a new communication system. Do you currently make online payments for club/activity dues? How do you currently find out what's in your lunch account menu? Is some of this information, like the lunch menu or the handbook, available on the website or in certain places, but just not in one central place? What problems does this cause for students, staff, administrators? You'll get more specific about all of these points in your research, but your rich picture is a good place to summarize what you know or think is going on with your problem. Don't forget to submit your research plan..there is template you can use for your research plan in the Appendix of the playbook, and there is an example of a rich picture in the Empathize section of your playbook. Ask Ms. Manning if you need assistance, or ask her to email us.
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8Thanks for sharing clear pictures of your work with us. As part of your research, did you learn how students are currently finding out information they need to know? It would be helpful to document all the types of information students want to be able to find easily, and then identify how they get that information now. What types of information do students look for most often? It might also be helpful to talk to school staff to see how they make information available to students now. Why isn't information available in one central place, like the school website? This might be an important question to answer, since whatever hurdles currently exist to doing that might impact your solution. We also thought you learned that the school is developing an app. If that's true, did you find out what information will be included in the app, and whether the school is working with students (and maybe parents?) to create an app that works well for everyone?
Nov 2
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6It doesn't sound like you've had a chance to do a lot of research about this yet. Is it possible information is being shared...just not all in one place or not through a medium or format students might prefer? For example, are there flyers up around the school, a student handbook that gets distributed, or announcments that are made? Does the school have a Facebook or Twitter page? We thought Ms. Manning said the school is planning an app...do you know what information will be shared through the app, and is the information you're hoping to make more accessible to students?
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It looks like you tried to submit something but forgot to attach a document. Could you try again? We'd love to see what you did and to give you points for this assignment.
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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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