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Team Athena

About Us

Hi. We are Team Athena.  Our team members are Jadyn, 8th grade, Cameron, 7th grade, Sidney, 7th grade, and Jared, 7th grade.  We are a group of optimistic and intelligent individuals.  Some of the things we want to be when we are older are a Marine Biologist, a Video Game Designer, and a Doctor.  We enjoy creating things with simple materials such as rubber bands, chopsticks, and pipe cleaners.

Recent comments on our work:

1/19/18 · Assignment: Field Notes
Charmaine Brown · The Free Thinkers, Dynamic Developers
hey this is good work,we also been having a trash problem we give you the squeaky clean award !!

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Oct 31
Sep 29
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6Welcome to DT Philly! It sounds like you have some big plans for the future. We look forward to seeing the great work you will do this year! Don't forget to upload an image for your team logo to earn your last four points for this activity.
Oct 6
10
6Thank you for this good example of industrial design! Don't forget to upload examples of interior, experience, and system design to earn four more points for this activity!
Oct 31
20
20Thanks for having us out for your mini design sprint. When you do your actual DT Philly project, remember the strategies we discussed for research, brainstorming, prototyping, and testing!
Oct 27
Oct 13
10
4Thank you for going back and submitting your HMW question. Keeping the school clean of litter and keeping the school bathrooms clean (clean of litter? or clean in another way?) are very BIG challenges! Is there a particular place where litter is problematic? Or a bathroom that is worse off than the others? It will be easier to research, prototype, and test if you focus on a specific place where your problem or problems occur.
Oct 20
10
8Thanks for submitting your rich picture and research plan. The photos are a bit blurry, so we're not sure what your rich picture is describing, but it looks like you identified a lot of different people who are affected by your challenge. Please take a minute to submit your "how might we" question that describes your design challenge so we know what you are working on (and so you can get points for that activity--include your "design challenges around you" if you have it).
Oct 27
20
16Thanks for taking the time to create profiles for different groups of users you are designing for. You're pretty far along in your design project now...how do your solutions ideas fit with the different need and behaviors of your user groups?
Nov 17
Oct 27
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Nov 3
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10These are some great observations from your field research. And you captured an interesting concern of the principal's that may help you think creatively about how to provide more opportunities to dispose of trash responsibly. (Maybe that will be a "takeaway" from your research that you can brainstorm around?) Try to take some pictures as you do your research--they will be good to include in your project portfolio and your final presentation. Keep up the good work, and try to conduct lots of observations & interviews!
Nov 9
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10Your photos are a little fuzzy so we can't quite read all of your comments, but it sounds like you're talking mostly about the school bathrooms, but also about littering in general. That's a lot to cover in one project. Did you write a design challenge question for your project? You might want to focus on addessing unsatisfactory conditions in one specific area--either a set of bathrooms, or the school yard, or the hallways, instead of all three. It could be hard to prototype and test solutions for different kinds of problems that take place in different areas. Is one of these challenges or concerns a higher priority for your users?
Nov 17
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20Thanks for watching this video and learning about some of the dangers of shallow research! It sounds like you know a lot about the behavior around throwing things in the trash can...can you identify some areas where you should go further in your own research to make sure you are fully exploring the problem before coming up with solution ideas? Dig deep!
Dec 8
Nov 17
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10In doing this activity you've identified a lot of great strategies you could brainstorm around for solution ideas! Some of these are: ways to reward desired behavior, ways to create consequences for undesirable behavior, ways to make it fun to do the right thing, and physical adaptions to the current equipment and environment that might help improve conditions.
Dec 1
10
It looks like you tried to submit something, but nothing came through. If you have this and other assignments, you might want to try resubmitting them. Thank you!
Dec 8
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20ORIGINAL COMMENTS: Thank you for all of these fun pictures! We especially like #1 and #5, and we're impressed with your creativity and perceptiveness! Now it's time to turn those skills toward your own project. Earn 8 more points for this activity by taking a look back at your project work so far and trying to see something new in an idea, experience, or information that's right in front of you. Have you been overlooking something that might help with your solution? UPDATE TO COMMENTS 1/11/18: Making it easy to change the bags is an important consideration for your project. Did you test a prototype of a trashcan topper? It might be good to get some feedback from the custodians on this.
Jan 5
Dec 8
10
It looks like you tried to submit something, but it didn't some through. Type any explanations in the "Notes" box, and upload pictures by going to the "Images & Attachments" box and clicking "add files." After you see your file names appear, hit "Start Upload." Once your images are 100% uploaded, hit the "Submit" button.
Dec 15
10
6That's a great picture of Oscar for your trash can lid! Is this also a prototype for the 6th-8th grade bathroom, or is it for another grade or place? We're not sure if your research gave you any insights into WHY students don't put their trash in the trash can (For example, are there enough trash cans? Are they overly full? Are they in the right places? Do people just not care?), but making something more fun or more easy to do is often a good way to engage people. We're having a hard time reading the Post-it Note about preventing graffiti in the 6th-8th grade bathroom, but that sounds like a worthwhile goal. Can you tell us what you're thinking to earn 4 more points for this activity?
Dec 22
10
8These are good observations about your prototype. You have some understandable concerns, but the good thing about testing is it allows you to see what will actually happen, and that may lead to new insights about how to address any weaknesses. Don't lost sight of the need to evaluate how well your prototype actually solves your design challenge--to what extent does it improve the situation?
Jan 12
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Jan 19
Jan 5
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10Thanks for taking time to send a high 5 to the Edison Owls and the Dynamic Developers! We appreciate your spreading some positivity to your fellow design teams, and we're sure they appreciate it, too.
Jan 12
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10Your trash hoop looks like fun--it sounds like you got people's attention, and it's helpful to know that your prototype needs to be more sturdy! We're curious to know if your prototype reduced the amount of trash on the floor. It looks like it's possible to put trash through the hoop and have it miss the can (or bounce out if the can is overly full--are overflowing trash cans part of the problem?). And are you also working on testing an anti-graffiti prototype for the bathroom?
Jan 19
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20Thank you for your feedback to the Helping Hands. Your comments were specific, positive, and thoughtful--which are all the ingredients of good feedback. Nice job!
Jan 29
Jan 19
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10Thank you for submitting your essay. We know you've been working hard on your project all year--keep it up! We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark on January 30. Let us know if you need any help between now and then.
Jan 29
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Jan 29
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