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We are four girls that are talented, goofy, and very smart.  We put our brains to work.  We work well together despite our differences.

Our Progress

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10Welcome to DT Philly! We're sorry you weren't able to log into your accounts when you did this, but you should be good to go now. It sounds like you are going to have a lot of fun working together this year, and we look forward to seeing what you will do with your design project this year!
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10Thank you for these good pictures of your drawings and for your detailed explanations. Did you look at what your classmates did? The differences and similarities between your designs are so interesting and highlight the importance of understanding the needs and preferences of the people you're designing for. Remember this when you're doing your DT Philly project--the needs and preferences of your audience will help you make decisions about important features of your design!
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10It's great to see how aware and concerned you are about a number of environmental problems--these are important topics for people all over the world. For the purposes of your DT Philly project, it sounds like your goal is to protect sea turtles (and perhaps other marine life) from the dangers posed by trash that gets into the oceans. This is a very, very big problem that involves lots of people--from people who use products made out of plastic (which is probably all of us!), to the companies that make those products, to the people who handle the trash and recycling streams. So it's good to focus on one piece of that, just like you've done by targeting straws. It might be helpful to keep your options open at this point instead of saying that the solution is to make some kind of straw. As you do your research and learn more about the problem, you might find that there are other effective ways to achieve your goal of keeping sea turtles safe from this danger.
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10We're excited to see what you will learn when you start doing your research--projects like this that concern people's habits and behavior are always interesting. Do all students use straws? Are students aware of any potentially negative consequences of straws and plastic in the waste system? Are there any immediate problems you can find right in your school that result from students using straws? What happens to trash when it gets collected at school? Are straws recyclable? These are just a few of the things you can explore as you learn more about this problem!
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10You uncovered some interesting and important things here about the different needs of younger students and older students. It sounds like straws might serve an important purpose for younger students by making it easier for them to drink while older students use them in different ways, including as an outlet for boredom or stress. Nice work!
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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?

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