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Our team name is the Monstars.  We are a very strict team that dosent play around, gets straight to the point, and lovea to compete.  Our team members are Al-amin, Waki, Jazmyne, and Zakiah.

Recent comments on our work:

1/25/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
EUceta · Four-T-knights
1/25/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
Cierra Lyles · Shawmont Roaring Lions, Team ABC, Little Einsteins
Great poster! One thing I would add is a sign in and out sheet. Besides that great job!
1/25/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
EUceta · Four-T-knights
1/25/19 · Assignment: Lessons Learned
Patrick Khann · PAJAL
this idea could work but you could put a refreshing station station in the bathrooms
1/24/19 · Assignment: Lessons Learned
Gracie · SGAAJ
This was a good idea but you should've put a check-in time sheet to see how long in actually takes for the stuff to get destroyed.
1/25/19 · Assignment: Test Prep
Khyle Thompson · Shawmont Roaring Lions, Team ABC, Ravens
This is a great project and an excellent idea.
1/24/19 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Santana · The Ballers
You can add more creativity and details but great idea
1/24/19 · Assignment: Design Concept Sketches
Jayla Stone · JJRK
this idea is really good but where would you get the money to replace items in the bathroom and would the students who check the bathroom be skipping a class when checking

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Sep 21
Sep 21
Sep 21
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10Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited to have you here and to see the great work you will do. We'll challenge you to work hard, but we also have some fun activities in store for you. Enjoy!
Sep 21
Sep 24
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1This is a good one. More important, we're sure you know how to upload and document your work on your team page. This is how you want to submit all of your assignments for DT Philly--with a nice clear picture (or a few!) and good written explanations.
Sep 28
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8This is a colorful design! Just as you paid attention to your own needs and preferences in designing this phone case, you'll want to pay attention to the needs and preferences of other people--the ones you're trying to help--when you create your DT Philly design. You can probably tell from the designs submitted by your classmates that there are similarities but also differences in what each team wanted or needed...so the case you designed for yourself might not be the best design for someone else. Remember this as you work on your DT Philly project--the best solution you can design will come from a deep understanding of the people you're designing for.
Oct 19
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20Thank you for having us out to visit. We had fun working with you on your mini design sprint! Remember the tips we gave you about how to do each stage of your design thinking project, and let us know if you have questions or need help at any point in your project.
Oct 5
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10You identified lots of good challenge ideas and the one you picked is an important one becaues it affects so many students every day. For the purposes of your DT Philly project, you might want to choose one or two bathrooms and focus on those for now. This will make it easier to do your research--only one or two places to monitor--and it will also make it easier to prototype and test the effectiveness of your solutions because it will be easier to see if things are better after you test your solution. Would it make sense to focus on the bathrooms that are closest to Mrs. Griffith's room?
Oct 12
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10We're a little bit confused...you picture is talking about bathrooms, but your description talks about the gym. Have you decided which of these you want to do for your project? Either way, you don't want to jump ahead to solutions just yet. Your next step is to conduct research to learn more about the problem. You'll do this by talking to people and observing what is going on. Don't forget to take pictures and good notes during your research--this will help you document the problems you see in the bathroom.
Nov 2
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20Thank you for taking the time to create a few user profiles for your project. Do you think the janitor might have some other needs and frustrations since he is the one who has to deal with the bathrooms? Understanding your users' needs and the challenges they face will help you come up with creative solution ideas that work for many people! As you work on brainstorming and prototyping solution ideas, check back with your profiles to see if you are achieving better outcomes for each of these users.
Oct 19
Oct 19
Oct 19
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10Your finding that one of the bathrooms is worse than the others is very interesting. Who uses that bathroom? You might want to take some pictures to document the problems you see in the bathrooms. This will come in handy when you're putting your presentation together and will help explain your problem to other teams that are following your work on the website. Just an FYI...the second picture you uploaded is from the QuadSquad.
Nov 2
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10It sounds like you learned some interesting things during your research. Did you find out why the bathrooms run out of supplies, and if (or how often) the bathrooms get checked for supplies throughout the day? This might be an important part of the probem to understand. There could be a lot of reasons for this...like students wasting supplies, or the dispensers not holding a day's worth of supplies, or things not being replenished every day. Finding out the reasons why you run out of supplies will help you figure out ways to improve the situation.
Nov 9
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10Thank you for starting this year's Scavenver Hunt. You skipped the last two questions and we want to make sure you know how to access all of the resources available, so we have a few questions for you...do you know how to find the designer directory, and do you know that you can contact any of those designers for advice on your project? Also, do you know where the "notices" section of your team page is? Don't forget to check the notices (the pink box at the top of your team page) from time to time and read the new announcements. We left you a few questionnaires that we'd love to have you answer if you can. Just for fun we also left a riddle there for your Scavenger Hunt.
Dec 7
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20Nice work identifying a place where you were making assumptions about how things might work. It's easy to overlook a scenario about how things might go, so learning to reflect on and question what you're doing is a great way to anticipate potential problems and plan for them. This is a strategy you can use to strengthen any project you might do. Keep up the good work!
Nov 16
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8It sounds like students are bringing a lot of this problem upon themselves! During your research, did you learn anything about the school district's repair process for getting the bathrooms back in working condition? Having fewer bathrooms available means other bathrooms will get more use, which might contribute to the problem with running out of supplies. Did you learn during your research how often bathrooms get checked for supplies? We didn't see where you identified any takeaways from your research--the most important needs and goals your solution should address. You'll need these before you start brainstorming. From what you wrote, it sounds like some of the needs and goals you might brainstorm around could include: 1) ways to get students to take better care of the bathrooms; 2) ways to ensure the bathrooms have proper supplies during school hours; and 3) ways to quickly deal with problems that come up so they don't drag on and contribute to more problems or encourage more bad behavior. What other needs or goals could you brainstorm around?
Nov 30
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10Thanks for sharing your brainstorming with us! Can you think of ways you could report problems or supply needs in the bathrooms besides having a monitor? This is a good time to get creative with your thinking about how to approach a goal like this. Also, is the goal of getting newer things to make people respect the space more? How could you go about getting new equipment--do you know what it would cost to do different things that you'd like to do? And can you brainstorm some other ideas for getting people to respect the space? We're curious about your bathroom schedule idea...how does that help keep the bathrooms in better condition?
Dec 21
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20We hope you had fun with this activity! Sometimes thinking about a problem that is very familiar to you in a completely new way can help you see creative new ways to approach it. In fact, some of the "terrible" ideas you shared here might have the kernels of good new ideas in them!
Dec 7
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Dec 14
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10Your team has some really interesting solution ideas! The scattered bathrooms model sounds like it will involve some careful planning and attention to detail, so it might help to start mapping that out...identifying who will be responsible for different steps, when things need to happen, and what possible actions could occur at each step in the system. Also, don't forget the items you'll need to make in order for this system to work (schedules, signage, forms, maybe announcements, etc.). Examples of things you might need to sort out are what schedule makes the most sense, who the student monitors will be and when they'll check the bathrooms, how you will share information quickly with the janitorial staff, and how you will identify who is causing damage in the bathrooms. We're very excited to see where you go from here with your prototypes and how you will test them.
Dec 21
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6We like your creative use of materials to model a bathroom, but a prototype is a rough draft of your solution ideas rather than a before and after depiction. Some of your prototype ideas included having bathroom checkers, a supply request system, and a system of rotating bathroom openings. Planning these things will involve some system design (remember when visited for the prototyping workshop?). We gave you some feedback on your design concept sketches assignment about ways to start prototyping your system...look back and that and start outlining the steps and creating the things you would need to bring your ideas to life! Your goal is to make your prototype real enough to test it out on a small scale...so you might need to talk to the principal or janitorial staff about your ideas and see if they will let you try some things out. Making sure you think through all the little details and possible consequences of each step will help you design a successful solution! Try developing your prototype ideas and sharing them with us to receive full credit for this assignment!
Jan 11
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16You did a good job reflecting on what makes these designs special and applying that thinking back to your own project. It's so important to pay attention to detail when designing a solution because even the smallest changes can have very big impacts. Changing your posters and signage so that they stand out more, engage people in fun or impactful ways, and keep attracting attention sounds like a good way to make your designs more thoughtful and effective. We can't wait to see how you take your designs to the next level with these ideas!
Jan 4
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10Thanks for sharing a clear picture of your work! It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into your plan for testing. Are there any details you still have to work out before trying these...for example, will you bring in bathroom supplies or do you need a system for getting them from the janitors? Do you have a schedule for checking the supply levels? Have you set up a schedule with the City Year team members to monitor the bathrooms? Did you make the sign-in sheet? Do they have steps to follow for checking the bathrooms to see what the conditions are after students come and go? Think about all of the props you will need to make in order to test these ideas! And remember that you'll want to observe and get feedback throughout the testing process, so make sure to take good notes, be alert to peoples' comments and responses, and maybe even photograph the condition of the bathrooms at certain times of day.
Jan 11
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10Nice job! (t sounds like your team made lots of discoveries when you tested out your prototypes! Sometimes things don't always go the way you want them to, like how some students played with the bathroom supplies. That's okay though. Everything you learn helps you refine and improve your ideas. Is the bathroom monitor idea still one you're working on? Maybe that would help If kids are messing around with supplies? Did you talk to any other students outside of your team, or any staff, to see what they thought about the new supplies and/or the bathroom schedule? Getting feedback from a wide variety of users can help you figure out what to do next. As for the bathroom schedule, do you think this is an issue that could be worked out with practice or with some changes to the system...maybe a reminder sent to the person responsible, or making some other change that would make it more convenient or easier to do? How did you decide what the schedule would be? Are the bathrooms cleaned in between the times they are open? Your next step is to take what you learned from testing and refine your solution ideas (this is called iteration). If possible, try to test your improved ideas again to see if they work better. Keep up the good work!
Jan 18
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10This sign is certainly eye catching! Did you test a couple of different messages with students to see what they like best...humor, or straight talk, or riddles, or...? Have you gotten feedback from any students about the different bathroom signs? Trying out different approaches to how you communicate your messages will allow you to see which are the most effective. How will you be able to tell if the signs are working? Making the posters more eye-catching and having specific messages rather than a general message about "keeping the bathroom clean" may help kids understand specific actions they can take to behave appropriately and respectfully. Just for fun, we thought you might enjoy learning about something the Dutch tried in an airport bathroom to address the same problem you mention in your poster: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/nyregion/answers-to-questions-about-new-york.html
Jan 25
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12We love how encouraging and supportive your team's shoutout is! If you don't have any advice for them, do you have any questions about the work they've done so far or plan to do in the future? Please dig a little deeper and ask a question about a team's project in order to earn 8 more points on this assignment.
Jan 25
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5Thank you for submitting your summary and budget! For your implementation plan, please see your DT Philly Playbook for an example...this should include dates for when you will do things. Your team has dedicated a lot of time and hard work to this project, and we appreciate your passion for your project. We can't wait to see how you share your design story with the judges and your fellow design thinkers next week.
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Badges

Start-Up: Nike Grind Badge

Congratulations on your creative problem solving—an essential skill for every designer!  Innovations and break-through moments come when you think outside the box, like Nike did when they began recycling worn-out shoes to reduce the company's environmental impact.  The recycled shoes were ground up and used to create springy surfaces for athletic facilities.  For example, Sacramento Kings fans donated their sneakers to be used in constructing the team's new practice court.  Not content to stop there, Nike keeps developing new applications for this innovative product, and recycled material from Nike Grind is now used in 71% of the company's footwear and apparel!

Empathize: Hub of Hope Badge

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes.  Designers empathize to understand the needs of the people they want to help, just as SEPTA did when they agreed to collaborate with other agencies to serve homeless people where they already congregate...at Suburban Station.  Instead of kicking the homeless out, the agencies worked together to open the Hub of Hope, a site that functions as a daytime living room for homeless individuals, where they can socialize, get a meal, shower, do laundry, and access a variety of health and social services in a safe and welcoming setting.

Define: Embrace Badge

Nice work using your powers of perception!  Good designers keep their eyes and minds open so they don't miss key insights...just as four Stanford students did while creating a low-cost baby incubator for developing countries.  To learn more about the problem, team member Linus Liang traveled to Nepal.  His "aha" moment came when he discovered that hospital incubators often went unused because mothers couldn’t get to, or stay at the hospital.  The team realized they had to create something that could be used easily and affordably in homes, as well as in hospitals.  The team kept researching and learning throughout their design process to make sure their product met the needs of the people they wanted to help.  Since 2011 their solution—the Embrace Incubator—has helped over 200,000 babies in 20 countries.

Ideate: 40/4 Chair Badge

Way to get creative!  It's not always easy to see things with new eyes, and sometimes ingenious design is hidden right in front of you.  When was the last time you gave any thought to the humble stacking chair?  Designer David Rowland spent 8 years of his own time designing a chair that could be compactly stacked to fit the greatest number of chairs in the smallest amount of space.  He made 32 full-scale models in a quest to achieve the best form and greatest comfort, and he was rejected many times when he tried to license his final design for a chair that could be stacked 40 high at a height of just 4 feet.  But he persisted, and today his 40/4 chair is the winner of numerous awards, is showcased in museums around the world, and is a commercial success.  8 million and counting have been sold since 1964!

Prototype: Kenji Ekuan Badge

Well done! Prototyping takes patience and persistence, as Kenji Ekuan demonstrated when he and his team spent three years creating the iconic design of the elegant, tear-drop shaped Kikkoman soy sauce bottle.  Mr. Ekuan, an award-winning designer who also worked on the Yamaha YA-1 and the Komachi Bullet Train, is said to have tested over 100 prototypes before finalizing the design of the innovative and dripless two-sided spout—a design which works so well it hasn't been altered since it was introduced in 1961!

Test: MWOBS Badge

Now you know...testing's not just for school!  Designers know it's important to put their prototypes through rigorous real-world tests, which is why people who design products to function in extreme outdoor environments go to the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, where the conditions are equivalent to what you’d encounter in Antarctica and the polar regions!  Clothing, experimental robots, and tents are just a few of the products to test their mettle against the mountain!

DT Philly Showcase: Es Devlin Badge

Hooray—you've made it to the final stage of DT Philly, and it’s time to think about how you’ll share the story of your design project.  Take a page from the playbook of renowned set designer Es Devlin and consider your presentation from the perspective of the audience.  How will they see, hear, and experience the story you want to tell?  Devlin, who has designed sets for Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, as well as for fashion shows, plays, operas, and ballets, considers both the spirit of the performance and the experience that the audience will share.  What will bring your story to life and help you connect with your audience?

Collaborator Badge 2 of 4

Way to take it to the next level!  Keep the collaboration going!