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1/25/19 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Darren Chen · The Greek Gods
That would be very helpful but have you thought what if they don't have anything to give or if their isn't any gym near you
1/25/19 · Assignment: Logical Leaps
Khyle Thompson · Shawmont Roaring Lions, Team ABC, Ravens
This idea is amazing and you should continue on the path you're doing.

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Sep 21
Sep 21
Sep 21
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6Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited that you've decided to join us, and we can't wait to see what you'll do with your project this year. Don't forget to tell us a little bit about your team to earn 4 more points for this activity. Some things you can tell us are: who you are, what makes your team special, what slogan or saying best represents your team, and something you think the world needs that hasn't been invented yet.
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. Keep it up!
Sep 28
10
4Hopefully you looked at the cards that came with this activity and learned how designs--even if they help you do the same thing--meet different needs. The drawing part of this activity asked your team to design your own phone cases that meet your individual preferences and needs. What did you design on this picture of a phone case? And did any of your teammates do this activity?
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
Oct 5
Oct 5
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8This is such an interesting problem to tackle! Do some sports teams have more equipment than others, or is the situation pretty much the same for everyone? And what kinds of things do you normally do in gym--and what would you rather do? We can't wait to see what you learn in your reserach!
Oct 12
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8These are all great topics to explore as part of your research, and we like that you plan to speak with students, and the gm teacher, and to find out how budgeting works for gym. We also can't wait to hear if things are different at other schools! Keep up the good work.
Nov 2
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20Thank you for taking the time to create a few user profiles for your project. 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 these user profiles to make sure your ideas are meeting the needs you identified.
Oct 19
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8It sounds like there are other concerns you have about gym besides the amount of equipment that is available. One way to find out how people feel about gym would be take a survey. You could even include the gym teachers! You might also want to keep an activity diary--making notes about what you do in gym over the course of a week (or more--we're not sure how often you have gym), and any problems that you notice. And maybe even talk to the gym teachers about how they decide what to do in gym each period.
Nov 2
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10Nice work--it sounds like you collected some good information. Did you talk to the gym teacher about whether there is a curriculum or activity plans for gym class? It sounds like your gym time is very unstructured, which maybe is not always how gym class is run in other schools. In fact, it sounds like you have a variety of challenges with gym time...not all of which would require a fundraiser to address!
Nov 9
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10Thank you for completing this year's Scavenver Hunt. You got 5 of the 6 answers correct. We will share your question with Mr. Byar and see what response he might have for you. Don't forget to check the notices section (the pink box at the top of your TEAM page, not the section of homepage that shows tweets) 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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12It sounds like your team has identified a hasty generalization that other people (people who don't attend your school) might be making...that because you have a newer school building, you also have newer equipment and more resources. You've demonstrated that this is not true, but that wasn't quite the focus of this activity. The purpose of this assignment is to examine your research so far and see if you're missing anything important. Doing thorough research lays the groundwork for successful solutions. Is there any place where you are relying on assumptions or generalizations, areas that you didn't explore, user groups that you didn't speak to, or important questions that you didn't answer? Take a hard look at your research and share where you need to learn more to earn 8 more points for this assignment.
Nov 16
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Nov 16
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8It sounds like there are a lot of different aspects to the problem of gym class! Is the gym always too hot, or only when the weather is warm outside? Do you ever go outside for gym? Do you have locker rooms where students can freshen up after gym so they don't smell? Did the gym teacher say if there is a curriculum to follow? 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 a few needs and goals you could brainstorm around are: 1) ways to make gym appealing to all students so they don't sit out; 2) ways to diversify activities to make gym more fun for students; 3) ways to help the gym teacher manage the workload, 4) ways to enable students to freshen up after gym; 5) ways to keep students from getting overheated during gym; and 6) ways to get more balls and equipment for gym. What other needs and goals would be important to brainstorm around? You might want to talk about whether it makes sense to focus on just one of two of the problems with gym class, rather than all of the problems.
Nov 30
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10Your brainstorming phase is the time to get really creative about ways to approach your problem. We know you are very passionate about the conditions of the gym and how it affects students at your school. You identified a number of ways to ask for money or donations, and that is definitely one approach to improving gym in the long term. But are there other, short-term approaches you could take to making class time at least a little more enjoyable (for example, working with the gym teacher on things like going outside, coming up with new activities, bring-your-own ball, students vote on activities, etc.)? If a fundraising campaign is definitely one thing you are going to prototype, we encourage you to find out what it would cost to get certain things or do certain things to improve gym, and use that information to help plan your fundraiser.
Dec 21
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8Thanks for your feedback on the terrible mug design idea. We agree that celebrities and big corporations have such a massive quantity of requests for donations and help that yours may get lost in all of the letters. For this activity though, we want you to think of new ideas. What are some ways that you could make your problem worse? This is a fun activity, so don't be afraid to be silly with these ideas! Sometimes when you push yourself to think about a very familiar problem in a new way, you can end up finding solutions and ideas you would have never had before. Come up with some terrible ideas for solutions to your problem and share them with us here to receive 8 more points on this assignment.
Dec 7
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Dec 14
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10It looks like your prototyping ideas all revolve around raising money to get new equipment. This could definitely be one answer to your problem, but you want to develop a couple of prototypes to test so you can experiment with what works best to solve your problem. The fundraising idea sounds like a long-term solution to the problem. Could you also prototype and test a more short-term solution? Can you work with the teacher and use student input to find ways to make gym more enjoyable through different activities? To prototype your fundraising idea, you'll want to plan out each step of your campaign...a schedule, what materials you'll include in your solicitation, whether you'll have a wish list and, if so, how potential donors will know if something's been purchased or donated already, how you will contact celebrities, etc. As you develop your prototypes, think about how you can make them "real" enough to test--testing is an important step in the design process because it helps you see what works and where you can improve your design. We're excited to see what you do next.
Dec 21
10
10It sounds like your team is moving forward with the idea to host an equipment drive for your school with the community and local businesses. Your prototypes look like they show the end goal of your solution--donated items--instead of showing what you need to make this initiative work. What are all of the steps you will need to take in order to reach your goal? How will you advertise your drive? How will you collect donations? Will there be multiple drop-off locations, or just one at the school? How will you determine if the donated equipment is in acceptable condition to use? Will you take anything, or are you asking for specific items? Does the gym teacher have any say in this? We know it can be difficult to prototype an idea when it's not a physical object, however, you can successfully prototype a system by mapping out all of the steps you will take and mocking up materials you will need such as advertisements, donation bins and letters to ask local businesses for their help. As you move forward with this idea, you'll want to be able to test out your prototype with people outside of your team so you can see if it is desirable (will people want to do it) and feasible (can you actually do it). Let us know if you need help!
Jan 11
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16We think the shampoo rack is a really great idea too! Paying attention to your users' behaviors and frustrations can help you find ways to elevate your design by making it more convenient, more effective, or more fun in surprising ways. Using social media to advertise your equipment drive is a good strategy to spread your campaign. What kind of messages could you craft that will motivate people to support your effort and feel good about doing it or have fun doing it? How will you communicate what kinds of equipment you need most, and why you need it? (Would it help to get the gym teacher involved in your effort?) Is there anything you can do to make it easier for people to donate? And are there platforms besides twitter that would promote your campaign within your community? Keep thinking about your design and how you could make it even better to help you meet your goal!
Jan 4
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10It looks like put a lot of thought into this plan. What are some of the materials you'll need in order to hold your school-based drive and your community-based drive--are there things you might need for local businesses that you would not need for the school drive? How will people know what it is that you need most? Has your team started to create advertising materials to display in your school and in local businesses--what would help motivate people to support you? We're a bit unclear about the prototype in the middle column on your worksheet...how will giving the students messed up equipment aid in designing you solution? We're excited to see what happens during your tests! Make sure you get or create all of the materials you'll need to conduct a good test of your solution ideas.
Jan 11
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10This is a good first step for testing out your design. Have you talked to any staff or students to see if they noticed your flyers around the school, and what they thought about them? Learning the best way to get peoples' attention could help your campaign. It's great that you are advertising through two channels--the flyers and loud speaker announcements. We noticed there isn't a drop-off location for donations listed on your flyer. Is that important for people to know? Does your messaging help people understand the need you're trying to address? Even though your testing was delayed while you waited for approval, you're in a good position to start learning about your first approach to this and how you might take it to the next level. Get as much feedback as you can, and start iterating so you can improve your ideas and test them again!
Jan 18
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10Your team has done a good job learning about the limitations of your first prototype and looking for ways to expand your reach! What did you give Ms. Glackin to post? Does it give people all of the information they need to donate? It would be great to do a survey or otherwise try to find out how many people saw it and how many people acted on it. As you work on finding creative ways to advertise the need and motivate people to get involved, are you also working on the other parts of your system? For example, do you have a location or bin to collect drop offs? And a process for thanking your donors? What if you get things you don't need or can't use? Does the gym teacher have a say in what becomes part of gym class? These are the types of things you might want to consider or plan for as you keep developing your equipment drive. Keep up the good work!
Jan 25
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12Thank you for taking the time to look at the work of some of your fellow design teams. You can learn a lot from seeing how other people approach problems and work through them, just as you can learn a lot from seeing how people outside your team understand your work. You did a nice job offering some encouragement to your fellow design thinkers, but part of this assignment was to give some constructive advice or ask a question that may help other teams strengthen their projects. Please go back and try leaving a helpful comment or question about a team's work so that we can give you 8 more points on this assignment. And then keep sharing your own work and supporting your fellow design thinkers as you finish up your DT Philly projects!
Jan 25
Jan 28
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5Thank you for submitting your summary and budget! Your implementation plan should include dates for when you will do things, so please try to add these to show a more specific timeline of what you plan to do. 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 journey with the judges and your fellow design thinkers next week.
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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 3 of 4

You’re on fire!  Great job taking advantage of your resources in the DT Philly design community.