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New Foundation Charter School’s Compete 360 team really takes NFCS’s motto of being a “Caring Community of Learners” to heart. We want to put an emphasis on respect for each other’s ideas, staying organized, keeping high expectations for each other, winning, and fulfilling the needs of our school body as well as teachers, aides, and other staff members. Although this is our first year competing in Compete 360, we have expectations of turning in assignments on time, involving our school in our project, and being competitive with other more experienced teams.

Recent comments on our work:

1/24/19 · Assignment: Design Concept Sketches
Tyquion Brittingham · The Dreamchasers
that's a smart idea but what if some students doesn't want to go to college and go straight to working?

Our Progress

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Sep 21
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8Welcome to DT Philly! We're delighted you've decided to join us, and we hope you enjoy learning about design thinking and using it to solve a problem or make something new or better. We're inspired by your goals and values, and we can't wait to see the great work you will do this year.
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10Thank you for these nice clear photos of your work, and your good explanations of your designs. Selfie lights sound like a fun idea, kickstands (like the Pop Socket in the video!) help make it easier to do what you want to do, and protective features are key. But you make a good point that what protects your phone can also make it a little less easy to use or carry your phone. What if your case opened and closed with the tap of a button? Are there other ways you could make it faster or easier to open and close a case?
Oct 19
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20Thanks for having us out to do this activity with you. Remember the tips and strategies we shared with you when you're working on your own project.
Oct 5
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Thanks for taking a walk in Jamal's shoes to understand how life is more complicated for people with dyslexia. How did it make you feel to try to read that text? Did you feel any pressure because it was hard to do it quickly? Understanding how a problem impacts people--the frustrations they have and the things they have to do to deal with the problem--is an important part of design research. Remember this, and think about how you could empathize with the people you're designing for in DT Philly!
Oct 5
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10You considered some serious concerns and picked a big one! How do people learn how to handle the challenges of life after school? You'll no doubt learn a lot during your research, and we like the way you identified the problem and outlined some goals without jumping ahead to a solution. Nice job!
Oct 12
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10You identified a lot of compelling concerns and questions here. Nice work! Are there any programs, classes, or resources currently available in your school that speak to any of these questions? We're guessing not, since you chose this as a project, but it doesn't hurt to double check. This might also be a situation where you could use the reserach strategy of learning from other settings. How have people figured this out in the generations that came befoe you? Are there any places you can think of where an effort might be made to prepare people for independent living, for example, youth aging out of foster care?
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8We understand that you were conducting a survey of the students there at New Foundations...do you have data from that, or are these observations based on that? You make a good point that ignoring things is one way people have of coping with stress, and it's interesting to hear that college students have more resources than you do. What did you learn that leads you to that conclusion? When you first started your project, you identified several concerns that teens have about adult life, and your design challenge question specifically mentioned taxes and home repairs...did your survey let you know what students' top three concerns are? It might be helpful to find that out and focus your project on one or more of those. When we visited you, we also talked about surveying or speaking with parents, teachers, and recent graduates to see how they learned what they needed to know. Are you working on that for the next phase of your research? A good strategy to use during the research phase of your project is to come up with a list of questions you need to answer to solve this problem, and then go out and find the information you need to answer those questions! Let us know if you'd like to talk about next steps...Mr. McCann can set up a time to talk.
Nov 2
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8It sounds like you’ve been able to drill down a bit and get some more detailed information about students’ post-high school concerns. Does this new information change the focus of your project at all? If so—and it’s completely normal for that to happen--you might want to update your design challenge question. We’d also encourage you to keep exploring even as you move into the next phase of your project work. For example, did your research tell you anything about services or programs that your guidance counselor (if you have one), school, or even the school district offers to help students make informed decisions about college or work? Or how recent graduates got information or made choices? If services or programs exist and students aren't taking advantage of them, or they're not helping enough, why is that? Understanding these things might help you pinpoint some opportunities to create positive and meaningful change.
Nov 9
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8Thank you for trying your hand at this year's Scavenver Hunt! We want to make sure you know how to use the website and access all of the resources available, so we have a few questions for you...3) Do you know how to view the work of your fellow design teams to see what they're doing and leave them a message? 4) Have you been watching the videos we made for you to explain each stage of the design process? You can find the videos in your assignment list, before the first assignment for each new stage of your project. 5) Do you know how to find the designer directory, and do you know that you can contact any of those designers for advice on your project? Chelsea, who visited your school, is listed there. She already gave you some advice on your project and would surely be happy to give you more! You did find our last notice in the pink box at the top of your team page, but don't forget to check 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. Just for fun we also left a riddle there for your Scavenger Hunt (it was the latest announcement posted the week this assignment was due, but now it's been bumped out of the top spot).
Dec 7
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8Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your work...can you tell us what some of the leaps are that you might be taking in order to earn 8 more points for this assignment? We're glad you don't think you see any of these common logical fallacies in your work, but are there any places where you think your research could be strengthened? Research is the foundation of a good solution, so you want to make sure the pool you're pulling your survey responses from is big enough to fairly represent your target population. You also want to make sure there aren't any areas you forgot to explore, user groups you didn't speak with, or important questions you still need to answer.
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8Thank you for sharing clear pictures of your work--it makes it much easier for us to see your findings and discoveries! As you move from research to ideation, you might want to break down your one big insight into smaller needs or goals you can brainstorm around. From what you shared, it sounds like some areas for brainstorming might include finding ways to help students: learn about career paths; make informed decisions about whether to work or continue their education; understand college finances (what they’ll have to do each year they go to school, and the difference between types of aid such as grants, work study, and loans); decide what college or other post-secondary programs they should apply to; apply for financial aid and scholarships; and stay on schedule with their planning for post-secondary education or work. Try to come up with several creative ways to meet each of these and/or any other needs you identify!
Nov 30
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8Thank you for sharing your brainstorming ideas. This is an activity where you want to generate a lot of specific ideas about ways to address your problem. Are you narrowing your project focus to paying for college, and moving away from the issues of helping students learn about careers and helping them find a college that is a good match? If so, you might want to reframe your "How might we" question to reflect this new focus. A number of your ideas involve giving students scholarships...have you also done some brainstorming about how to raise that money? It's normal to experience some drift as you learn more and try to develop the right focus for your project. For this issue of college finances, it might help to step back and think about whether your goal is to give scholarships to some students or if it is to create a system that helps students learn how to understand and finance their educations (part of this might include understanding what type of ongoing education best suits a student's plans or needs). As you move from ideation to prototyping, remember that successful solutions strike the right balance between what is desirable, what is feasible, and what is viable (which means understanding if you are solving the right problem, knowing that you have the resources and ability to implement your solution, and creating a solution that is sustainable). Testing is an important part of validating that you are on the right track. As you plan your prototypes, think about how you can realistically test them to see if they are providing the information and assistance that people need in a way that is easy to access and understand.
Dec 21
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20Good job thinking about your problem from a completely different perspective! How can you flip this thinking around to find new and creative ways to help students learn about careers paths, figure out what college would be a good match for them, and learn about how to pay for their education? What could be some alternatives to an information packet? What would be the ideal time to host a program, and what would happen during the program?
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8Thank you for sharing your design sketches...without any accompanying explanations, we're guessing a bit about what you're planning, but it sounds like an informational brochure and maybe a class or workshop on investing. Helping students learn about scholarships they qualify for sounds like an important information void to fill. Did your research tell you anything about how students do that now? There are a lot of scholarships out there...how will you decide which ones to include in your brochure? Will you somehow be providing information that isn't already available to students? How will you distribute these and keep them up to date? What is the best way to share information with college-bound students? These are just some of the details you'll want to think through as you develop your idea further. For the investment idea, are you thinking about starting an investment club or creating some lessons about investing? If you haven't done the research already, this would be a good time to learn as much as you can about this topic. How early do you have to start to save up enough money for college? How much do you have to invest? Where and how do you go about investing money? Do students need to work with an adult to set up an account or can they do it on their own? What do you need to know to be a smart and strategic investor? These are the types of details you'll want to figure out as you create your prototype for this concept. We're excited to see where you go with your ideas, and we encourage you to start mapping out in great detail how each of these programs would work. Once you have your prototypes together, be sure to test them with counselors and students who are college bound or interested in getting a head start on saving for college. Let us know if you need help!
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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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