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Team Tigers

About Us

Hello! We are a Design Thinking Team from Tilden Middle School. "Work hard, help other team members, and always try to do your best! Our team members are "bold Brionna, creative Khail, savvy Saviyon, clever Khyree and magnanimous Mekhi." We believe it takes hard work and team work to make the dream work.

Our Progress

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Oct 31
Nice work! We loved the video and all of your creative ideas! Did you know creativity is a skill, and you can get better with practice? Play this game throughout the year (you can use all kinds of objects, not just the ones we gave you) to challenge yourselves and keep growing.
Sep 29
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15Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to see so many returning team members, and we look forward to seeing the great work you will do this year.
Oct 6
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10Wow, you found a lot of great examples of industrial, interior, systems, and experience design around your school! It is quite likely that some of the solutions you prototype for your design project will fall into one of these areas of design. Thank you for sharing all of these with us!
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10This sounds like a wonderful project, and we like that you're thinking about all the different "users" (or audiences) for this project, such as the students, the community, and the staff--including the janitors! You may find the Fresh Perspectives activity helpful as you consider how different types of users might have different behaviors, needs, motivations, and attitudes. Are you focusing inside the school or on the outside areas?
Oct 20
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10We learned a lot from your picture and the information you shared! You identified a lot of kinds of litter that you see around your school...do you know if all of those kinds of litter are recyclable? It's also interesting that you have recycling bins that aren't used...what do you think that means? It seems like a small bin could easily fill up in the course of a school day. And we're curious to learn why the trash and recycling get mixed together when they are collected...is that supposed to happen? If not, why is it happening? You will surely learn a lot during your research!
Oct 27
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20Great job capturing key characteristics of your different user groups! Remember the different needs and behaviors of these groups as you work through your design process so you can create a solution that works for many people. Keep up the good work!
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10We are impressed with all of the hands-on reserach you did! It sounds like you learned a lot. Brionna also made an insightful comment...sometimes what you see doesn't quite match what you THOUGHT you would see. That's why it's important to get out and do your own research instead of relying on assumptions. It sounds like you have video to share...can you share it with us on Google drive or Dropbox? Keep up the good work!
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10We like the way you used what you learned to reconsider your design challenge question. This week's photos were a bit fuzzy, so we couldn't read everything on your map, but your observation that students need to feel like they're part of something important is a good goal to brainstorm around--there could be lots of creative ways to approach that, and that would be a good way to motivate a change in behavior. What other needs or goals did you identify as takeaways? Do you need ways to sort different kinds of waste? Does it need to be quick and easy to do in order to get people to participate? Is it a goal of your solution to educate people about this problem? Do you need ways to motivate people to change their behavior?
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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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