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Jasir: I really love anime it's my favorite thing to watch.my favorite sport is lacrosse because it’s the only sport I’m good at. My favorite food is macaroni and cheese. When I get older I would like to be a lifeguard because you get money to watch people swim.The High School I want to go to is central it’s a good school I heard.  My name is Elijah I am an 8th grade student with big dreams. I want to go to Central High School and get a scholarship to a good college. I also wish to become an architect or maybe a doctor. I enjoy playing video games and lacrosse. I’m also the baby of the family with 1 brother and 6 sisters. My name is Thomas and I am in 8-217. My favorite subject is math because it’s the most important subject. I’ve been going to school at Grover since 6th grade. I have 2 sisters. My favorite sport to play is basketball and my favorite sport to watch is football... The smartest they can say, but I was never so smart. Kindness is what I’m described the most, but I’d say the somewhat.  Music is the love that always been there for me. That’s who I believe I am… I’m just a person named Ryan Thach. That’s just the beginning of the storyline. Desere was not with us while we did this introduction...

Recent comments on our work:

Ryan Thach · Out Smarters
All the uploads seem to be the same even though we put different uploads so we will upload them separately
1/22/18 · Assignment: Lessons Learned
Jamar Harris · Dynamic Developers
We started out having a problem thinking about how everyone is the same when we were thinking about our chairs. there are different sizes of students like you had to think about boys and girls. We are giving you the Thinking Award for admitting you need to think about how you need to keep thinking. good luck!!
1/18/18 · Assignment: Professional Practice
Rashay Saunders · Mighty Morphin Power Designers
good job
11/20/17 · Assignment: Good, Better Best
Aasiyah Boone · The Black Power Puff Girls
This is the wrong team, Ms. Griffith must have made an error when she added it for them.
1/9/18 · Assignment: Design Challenges & How Might We...
Khyle Thompson · Shawmont Roaring Lions, Team ABC
I completely understand your problems. The lunch at this school is not the best either. If you stick to what you’re doing you’ll do great!
10/19/17 · Assignment: Design Challenges & How Might We...
Cameron Esbensen · Minerva, Team Athena
Very nice job

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Oct 31
Sep 29
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10Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to see the great work your team will do this year. It sounds like you are empathetic and determined--two traits that will serve you well in your design project and beyond!
Oct 6
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10Thank you for these great examples and explanations of industrial design (we love tools), experience design, interior design, and system design!
Oct 31
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20Thanks for having us out to do a mini design sprint with you. You worked fast & well in this quick overview of how you can use the steps of design thinking to solve a problem or make something new.
Oct 27
Oct 13
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6You've identified some interesting problems! It's normal to jump ahead to ideas for solving your problem, but you want to take a step back and do research about your problem before deciding on a solution. Don't forget to tell us which problem you're going to work on by writing a "how might we" question that describes your design challenge (this will also earn you 4 more points for this activity). As you are thinking about a good project to work on, it might help to consider whether these problems can be addressed with one of the types of design you learned about--system design, experience design, industrial design, or interior design.
Oct 20
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6We're intrigued by your project idea, and you've identified some important considerations! It might be a good idea to take a step back and write your design challenge ('how might we...") question so you have a framework to focus your project. This will help you identify the main goal you want to achieve. We're not quite sure, but it sounds like you main goal might be to help students and teachers de-stress and refresh at various points throughout the day. If that's the goal, then adding time between all classes might be one solution, but you might find other ideas for different solutions as you do your research and brainstorming. You also have a lot of different "users" or audiences for this project--all different kinds of students, teachers, administrators. You might find the Fresh Perspectives bonus activity helpful as you consider how different types of "users" might have different behaviors, needs, motivations, and attitudes. Don't forget to upload your research plan to earn 4 more points for this activity!
Oct 27
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20Thank you for sharing some of the common motivations, behaviors, and goals of three different user groups for your project. If you'd like to see an example of how designers create profiles or personas that represent different groups of "users" for their projects, see the Fresh Perspectives activities submitted by The H20s and the Tilden Tigers.
Nov 17
Oct 27
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6Thanks for taking another try at this. Did you take a look at questions 3, 4, and 6?
Nov 3
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8Thanks for coming back and submitting more of your findings. We're glad to see you've been interviewing your peers and talking to experts! Did you ever write a "how might we" question to describe your design challenge? It sounds like you want longer breaks between classes, but we're not sure WHY--what does that accomplish? Your research should be driven by the question you're trying to answer. So if your ultimate goal is to have students feel less rushed and stressed, then breaks between classes might be one possible solution, but it might not be the only way to achieve that goal. For example, what if students didn't have to travel as far between classrooms? Then they would be less rushed and wouldn't need longer breaks. And--if your goal was to help students feel less rushed and less stressed--then the research you do should help you understand why students feel rushed and stressed, specifically when and how often it happens, how it affects them, etc. Make sure you're starting your project with a question, and explore that question through your research.
Nov 9
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10Thank you for taking these close-up photos that let us read what you put your Empathy Map! Your takeaways are very interesting, and we think you'll be able to brainstorm lots of ways to address some of the needs you identified, like helping students get organized before classes, providing opportunities for students to calm down, and allowing students to address personal needs during the school day. We're curious about the need for extra time to study for tests...is that something that would require a lot of time?
Nov 17
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20Thanks for watching this video and learning about some of the dangers of shallow research! You identified some good places to go further in your own research to make sure your design solves a problem in a thoughtful way without creating new problems. Dig deep!
Dec 8
Way to get creative! Being able to see everyday things in new ways is a great skill to use in the Ideate phase of your project work. Keep this in mind as you start brainstorming solutions ideas that address the needs and goals you've identified.
Nov 17
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10Thank you for these new photos! Helping teachers and students calm down between classes, helping them stay on top of their school work, and helping them arrive at class prepared and energized are important goals. Your brainstorming around those needs could include solutions OTHER THAN longer breaks between classes (can you think of different ways to achieve these outcomes?). Did you decide 15 minutes is the ideal amount of time for a longer break? If so, you might need to brainstorm about how to build longer breaks into the day since this would reduce instructional time and there are rules the school has to follow about that. If you're concerned about what students might do, you might brainstorm around different ways to make sure they are safe and productive during breaks--places they can go, and how to keep it from getting chaotic. Be creative and explore different ways to meet different needs and achieve different goals!
Dec 1
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10Thanks for coming back and uploading clear pictures. In addition to brainstorming ways to make longer breaks happen at your school, you could also brainstorm completely different ways to achieve the outcomes you want! If you couldn't schedule longer breaks, how else could you help students stay organized between classes, provide opportunities for students to calm down, allow students to address personal needs, and help teachers with prep? It's o.k. to have some crazy ideas during brainstorming (like what if your school had butlers or robots to go back and forth to students lockers, or to get things for teachers?!)...the wild ideas can sometimes help you think of a more practical way to achieve your goal.
Dec 8
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20These are some good insights that you wouldn't want to miss, especially since they might address some concerns of the principal or staff with regard to longer breaks. Good thinking! We also love your creative cloud pictures!
Jan 5
Dec 8
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6These are great sketches that add detail to what people could do with longer breaks between classes, but these are really the outcomes you'd like to achieve. You're getting ready to prototype your solution ideas, so you want to sketch or diagram different ways you can make these things happen--how will you make this work? These are the ideas you will prototype to see if they help you achieve your desired goals. So, for example, what is a way you could make this extra time in the school day? Does it require a new schedule? A longer school day? Would it be between every class, or just once or twice a day? Would there be certain places students could go or not go? Are there rules that would have to be in place? Would students be allowed in the classroom they're heading to if the teacher was out of the room? Would there have to be student or staff monitors to make sure kids are doing what they should be doing, or reminders so students don't lose track of time and still show up late to class? Now is the time to design the systems, objects, etc. that you would need to help make this happen!
Dec 15
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6Your approach makes a lot of sense...scheduling the breaks after longer classes (how many of those do you have in a day?) and making sure students don't all have break at the same time seem like good ideas! Do all students in the same grade have the same schedule? Would you need a lot of different schedules to make to sure all students get breaks but not at the same time? Does the school day have to run a little bit longer to make sure you're not taking away from your class time? Do the longer breaks mean there needs to be more superivision in the hallways? These are a few questions we had when thinking about your prototype! 12/22/17 UPDATE TO COMMENTS: We understand it can be challenging to prototype ideas. Making a model of where students could go is a way to prototype a different piece of your idea. It could help you think through potential problems like supervision, whether some places are too far to go during break, whether some places might get too crowded, etc. You could also prototype completely different ways to help students arrive on time and refreshed/ready to learn. For example, would changing where things are in the school make it easier to get to or do certain things between classes? What if longer classes started or ended with a short fun or relaxing activity? There are many ways to approach your problem! Prototyping different ideas lets you experiment with what approach might work best. Submit a picture of your second prototype to 4 more points for this assignment.
Dec 22
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10It's a great idea to keep learning more as you refine and improve your design ideas. How long are your transition times between classes now? And are all classes free to move from class to class by themselves, or do teachers walk with students to their next class? (If some grades get escorted to class and some go on their own, is this initiative only for the students who go on their own?) To see how your ideas work, you will need to test them. Can you get permission from the school and your teachers to test this one day--or a few days--after winter break with one class of students? You could share your proposed schedule with the teachers and ask if the teachers who would be affected by having one or two 10-minute breaks will allow the class to leave a few minutes early and arrive a few minutes late to give them a 10 minute break between those two classes. Make sure you get administrators' approval to be in the hallways or wherever else you'd like to go during that time. You'll also want to make sure you have members of your design team observing what happens during that time, and you should think about what you hope to learn from testing--what will let you know if your idea works to solve the problem you set out to address? You might look back at your research and earlier project work to remind you of what your goals were. Also, you mentioned that someone was going to upload a second prototype...do you have that, and can you test that, too?
Jan 12
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It sounds like your classmates from the Black Power Puffs team really helped you out with some ideas--that's great! To get credit for Professional Practice, please schedule a design critique with Compete 360 staff or a professional designer from our Designer Directory. If you choose to contact someone from the Designer Directory and they are not able to visit your school in person, you can set up a video chat for your design critique.
Jan 19
Jan 5
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10Thanks for taking the time to send a high 5 the Engineering Tigers! We appreciate your sharing your positivity, and we're sure the Engineering Tigers appreciate it, too.
Jan 12
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10We don't know very much about the project that you have switched to, but we are interested in learning more. Did you test your prototypes with people who would actually use this product/service?
Jan 19
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12Thank you for taking the time to review the work of a fellow design team. Your badge idea is very creative. Do you also have a constructive comment for the team that will help them improve their project? This will earn you 8 more points for this activity. If you open up the Mighty Morphin's prototype assignment, you will see several pictures and a long explanation of what they did.
Jan 29
Jan 19
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10Nice work Out Smarters--keep it up! If you're still experimenting with things or working out some of the details of your plan, feel free to include anything new that you learn in your final presentation. Let us know if you have any questions or need any help as you get ready for your presentaiton. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark on January 30.
Jan 29
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10Nice job! We seem to recall that you came up with a schedule earlier in your project of when the break should take place (and why that was a good time to do it). That might be a good thing to bring with your, or at least to explain to the judges as part of your presentation. Also, did you get a chance to test you idea? If so, make sure you tell the judges how that went and what you learned. Thanks for all of your hard work this year. We can't wait to see you at the ballpark!
Jan 29
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20It's a great idea to practice your presentation in front of an audience, and we're glad you plan to keep practicing! The more you practice, the better and more comfortable you will be. Were you able to finish in under 5 minutes? We know you will do well tomorrow!
Sep 28

Badges

Start Up- Zeroll Badge

Congratulations!  You're starting to see things with a designer's eye.  Great design comes from moments of discovery such as noticing a problem or an opportunity.  Sherman Kelly did just that in 1933 when he noticed a young ice cream server who had blisters on her hands from dishing out hard ice cream.  Kelly designed a new scoop made of cast aluminum that had fluid in the handle to transfer heat from a person's hand. This feature lightly softened the ice cream, making it easier to scoop.  In addition, the scoop efficiently rolled the ice cream into balls and did not have breakable parts.  The Zeroll scoop is one of the best in the business.  You can even find one on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art!

Empathy- Better Shelter Badge

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes!  Designers empathize deeply to understand the people they are helping, just as Ikea and Better Shelter did when they set out to create safer and more dignified housing for refugees.  The resulting "flat pack" shelter can be assembled by 4 people in just 4 hours, is built to last three years, and features durable walls for privacy, windows for light, a locking door for security, and a solar panel that powers an overhead light and can charge a cell phone. Also, the ceiling is high enough to allow a person to stand up straight.  Over 16,000 units have been distributed, and the shelter won the Design Museum of London's Beazley Design of the Year award in 2016. 

Define - Woodland and Silver Badge:

Nice work!  Research requires patience and persistence.  Just ask Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver, who were working and studying at Drexel in 1948 when they overheard a supermarket owner ask the school president for help developing an automated system to read product information at checkout.  They settled on a design—the barcode—resembling linear Morse code and obtained a patent in 1952.  But it took much more work over many years before their vision could be fully realized, and it was in 1974 that the first product—chewing gum—was scanned at checkout.

Ideate - AP Thailand Badge:

Way to get creative!  It's not always easy to see everyday things or experiences with new eyes, but that's exactly what AP Thailand, a real estate company, did in a crowded neighborhood in Bangkok where there was no room to build soccer fields.  AP Thailand literally thought outside the box and designed non-traditional fields to fit into spaces that were considered unusable.  These unusual soccer fields are a hit with residents who now have a place to play their favorite sport.

Prototype - C.B.E. Badge:

Far out!  Drinking out of a cup is something we take for granted, but in space, nothing is simple.  Until recently, astronauts have had to drink from tubes inserted into special beverage pouches.  Then, some engineers came up with an idea for a specially-shaped cup that uses principles of physics to keep liquid from floating away in the zero-gravity environment of the International Space Station.  In 2015, astronauts on the ISS began using 3D printed prototypes of the cup as part of the Capillary Beverage Experiment (C.B.E.).

Test - Waymo Badge:

Now you get the picture…testing is very important!  How else will you know that your idea solves your problem (and doesn’t cause unintended consequences)?  In 2009 Google began testing concepts for a self-driving car, beginning with a retrofitted Prius operating on rural roads.  As their design evolved, their testing became more sophisticated, moving onto highways and then to more complex urban environments.  The self-driving car project, which Google spun off as an independent company called Waymo, has advanced its design so far that they are now conducting a public test of self-driving cars with residents of Phoenix, AZ.

DT Philly - StoryCorps Badge:

Hooray—you are on your way to getting your story out!  You want your audience to empathize with the people you are designing for, and to understand the steps, goals, and outcomes of your design process and solution.  Take a page from StoryCorps, an organization that collects and shares stories to help people understand one another’s experiences and perspectives.  Story Corps uses audio recordings, pictures, and animations to bring stories to life.  How will you tell the story of your project?

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

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