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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:

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.
10/19/17 · Assignment: Design Challenges & How Might We...
Cameron Esbensen · Minerva, Team Athena
Very nice job

Our Progress

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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6Thanks for taking another try at this. Did you take a look at questions 3, 4, and 6?
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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.
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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?
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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!
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6It looks like you've identified different levels of outcomes a solution could achieve, but your photo is very blurry and we can't quite ready what you wrote. Upload a clear photo to earn 4 more points for this activity. And as you brainstorm solution ideas, check back to make sure you are meeting the goals that you think are most important and attainable.
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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?

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