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About Us

The Black Scholars are from Cheltenham High School located in Wyncote, PA. We are a diverse group of individuals that are all heading towards the same goals. We all excel at something, for example Gabby is good at dancing and shopping; Jarod is a people person; Kaziah is a pro at dancing and taking pictures; Faakhirah is an excellent writer and reading characters; Zach is good at writing poetry; Jayda is good at communicating and public speaking, and Robert is good at designing and problem solving. Although we’re all good at different things, we all work well and efficiently together as a team.

Recent comments on our work:

10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Faakhirah Vessells · Black Scholars
learned how to successfully make a prototype
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Jarod Lofton · Black Scholars
We learned how to work together to create a prototype and keep people safe and satisfied at the same time.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.
10/4/18 · Assignment: Mini Design Sprint
Gabby Clarkson · Black Scholars
During this activity, we learned how to problem solve and critically think to fix a becoming issue.

Our Progress

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Sep 21
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10Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to have you join us this year. It sounds like you have some really great skills on your team--communicating, writing, taking pictures, and problem solving are all things that will help you with your design project this year.
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It looks like you wanted to submit something, but it didn't come through. Can you try again? Don't forget to wait until your pictures have uploaded all the way before hitting the final "submit" button.
Oct 19
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8Thank 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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10You identified a lot of interesting problems and picked a big one for your project! So, if we remember correctly from our visit, you said the locker rooms are in poor shape and aren't pleasant to use. Can you tell us a bit more....what, specifically is the problem? Are there things that don't work or is the problem more cosmetic? What do students need to do that they can't do now? How would solving this problem benefit the school community?
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8It's interesting that the staff and teachers also don't like the locker rooms--what are their complaints, and how does the condition of the locker rooms impact them (do they also use the locker rooms)? As part of your research, it would be useful to catalog the problems with the existing facilities...what, specifically, is wrong? Walk through and make a detailed list of everything that is broken, not working properly, or is otherwise problematic (and take pictures!). It might also be helpful to talk to someone in administration. They could help you understand when the last time was that anything was updated in the locker rooms, and what the process is for getting repairs or improvements made. It could also be useful to find out how the condition of the locker room changes or impacts what students and staff do--a survey might be an effective way to collect that information.
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That's such a creative idea! We haven't seen a team do that with this activity. Could you submit a picture of the skyline you made--we'd love to see what you did.
Nov 16
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8Thank you for sharing your research findings and takeaways! Your takeaways should be broad things you want your solution to achieve. Then, for your Genius at Work activity, you'll brainstorm lots of specific ways to achieve the goals you identify. For example, making the locker room a place that reflects and promotes school spirit could be a theme. And specific brainstorming ideas might include painting it in bright school colors, adding a mural or pictures from school teams or inspiring moments in sports, etc. (we don't want to suggest you go in any specific direction, so we'll leave it to you to come up with more ways to promote school spirit in the locker room). Other themes might be "ways to get people to clean up after themselves and be considerate of others in the locker room," "ways to get problems addressed quickly" (this could include repair problems and/or cleaning problems), or even "ways to raise money to replace lockers" (or improve lighting, etc.--you could cost out something you'd like to see improved--something that's not crazy expensive--and brainstorm ways to raise the funds). Don't forget to take pictures of the conditions in the locker rooms...these will come in handy when you present your project in February.
Nov 30
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8Thank you for sharing your brainstorming ideas. This is an activity where you want to get really specific with your creative thinking. For example, you mention fundraising as a broad dea, and a GoFundMe campaign as one specific idea. Can you come up with other specific ways to raise money? Can you sell anything? Or hold an event that people pay to attend or participate in? Or get permission from the school to have students pay for dress down days? If you're going to prototype a fundraiser, we suggest identifying the top 3 to 5 things you'd like to change and finding out what it would cost to do each of those. This will help you establish fundraising goals and know what you can reasonably do with any money you collect. What other things can you brainstorm and prototype around? Maybe instead of saying an outcome is that students will enjoy being in that environment, you can brainstorm what specific things will make students want to be in that environment. Making it cleaner could be one thing that would make people want to be there...so what are all the ways you can think up to help make and keep the locker room cleaner? Are there different ways to get people to take more responsibility for their own behavior? Are there differents ways to correct or report problems to the appropriate staff member, and maybe even monitor how quickly they are addressed?
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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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