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We're an all 8th grade female group that shows we can do the same thing as men.

Recent comments on our work:

1/22/18 · Assignment: Professional Practice
Rashay Saunders · Mighty Morphin Power Designers
I like your idea. i use a lot of spices at home too and thought it would be nice to have something for our lunches. The chicken sandwich for lunch needs a spice or two. We are giving you the Paprika Award for thinking of a way to spice up lunches. Thank you.
1/3/18 · Assignment: Dig Deep
Matthew Marson · Team Stoup
ask the school district and let them know what kids want
1/3/18 · Assignment: Dig Deep
Matthew Marson · Team Stoup
ask the school district and let them know what kids want
1/9/18 · Assignment: Design Challenges & How Might We...
Khyle Thompson · Shawmont Roaring Lions, Team ABC
Okay so I see your problems and you have a boss behind name! Keep fighting for the needs of your school and you’ll do great.

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 you will do this year!
Oct 6
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10Thank you for these great examples and your explanations! There's a good chance the prototypes you develop for your design project this year will fall into one of these categories of 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
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6You've identified some tricky problems! Can any of these problems be solved through one of the types of design you learned about....system design, experience design, interior design, or industrial design? 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).
Oct 20
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4You're identified some important concerns of the people who are affected by your design challenge. Don't forget to map out the problem with a "Rich Picture" and submit your research plan to earn more points for this activity. You'll want to talk to all of the people you identied here to learn more, and you'll probably want to do some observations in the cafeteria. What kinds of things might you look for that would be helpful for your project research?
Oct 27
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12Thanks for going back and submitting this. You have a lot of different audiences for your project, and it sounds like there are several situations that could be improved if students ate the school lunch instead of doing all of the things you describe. Keep all of this in mind as you prototype and test your solution ideas--these are some of the ways you will know if your design idea helps solve your problem!
Nov 17
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10You've captured some important and actionable insights here! Did you talk to anyone who works in the cafeteria, or any school administrators, as part of your research? It's important to understand the rules, nutritional guidelines, and systems that govern school lunch so you know what you can and can't change. Do you have a full-service cafeteria at your school? If so, the cafeteria staff probably have more flexibility to tweak things that impact the way the food looks or smells or is seasoned and prepared than if you were at a school that serves satellite meals. Are the cafeteria staff members one of your user groups? If your solution ideas are going to involve or impact them, you might want to invest some time in understanding their actions, concerns, beliefs, and motivations.
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've identified some good places to go further in your research to make sure you fully understand the current process. Learning about this will help you come up with solution ideas that work. Dig deep!
Dec 8
Nov 17
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8You'll never guess what we learned--the School District held a food show last week where high school students got to taste test items the District is considering adding to school menus. But back to your assignment...you identified some interesting considerations here around issues like seasoning/flavor, food choices, and cleanliness of the cafeteria. You'll do a lot of brainstorming around these themes for your next activity. When you do this, get really creative! One way to do this is to draw inspiration from different places where you eat...like at home, visiting family and friends, and out.
Dec 1
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Dec 8
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8This is a good observation that eveyone sees things from their own perspective--that's why empathizing with different groups of people is so important for designers...they need to understand the problem from many perspectives. Do you think the lunch ladies or other school staff would eat the school lunch? We're sure there are a lot of rules and limitations, but we wonder what would happen if everyone focused on what they can change instead of what they can't change in order to figure out how to get more students to eat the school lunch. Do you have any drawings of cloud pictures you'd like to share with us?
Jan 5
Dec 8
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8Nice work with these pictures and concepts--we love that you collaborated with one of our designers and that you're thinking about two completely different ways to improve the lunch experience for students. Understanding that people like some choice, even among limited options, is very insightful. Keep up the good work, and start thinking about how you can create prototypes of these ideas that you can actually test at school!
Dec 15
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8ORIGINAL COMMENTS: If you want to tell us some of the ideas you had that seem like they'd be difficult to prototype, we could help you figure out how to prototype them. Are you working with the Fabulous Five, or did both of your teams come up with a seasoning table and snack table? Don't forget to share photos of your two prototypes to earn points for this activity. UPDATE TO COMMENTS 1/11/18: Thank you for coming back and sharing these photos. You have a nice variety of snacks on your snack table prototype...how did you choose what to offer? Will you test your ideas out at lunch by seting up your snack and seasoning tables?
Dec 22
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Jan 12
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This is great feedback, and getting they type of feedback is exactly why you want to test ideas with users like your fellow students--nice job! 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
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Jan 12
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10It sounds like you learned some important things from testing--great job! Testing is an important part of the deisgn process and helps you figure out what works and what might need to be adjusted to work better. How did students feel about having the spice table as an option for seasoning their food?
Jan 19
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Jan 19
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10Thank you for turning in your essay! We know you worked hard on your project this year--keep it up! If you need any help this week, just let us know. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark on January 30.
Jan 29
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10Thank you for submitting slides for your project...is the video Mrs. Griffith is going to send in one of you talking through your slides? We know you worked hard this year, and we think your idea is very creative. Did you ever get a chance to test it in the cafeteria? We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark tomorrow!
Jan 29
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20It's great that you practiced...if time allows, we'll let the judges ask you some questions about your video (assuming we receive the video in time to review it before tomorrow). We know you worked hard on your project this year, and we think your idea was very creative!

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!

Socializer Badge