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The Dreamcatchers

About Us

We are The Dreamcatchers and ours names are Mahaylah, Skylar, Cade, and Kamryn. We're going to each tell you our favorite things to do. My name is Mahaylah and my favorite thing to do is play sports such as kickball and soccer.  My name is Skylar and my favorite thing to do in design / draw clothes . My name is Cade and my favorite thing to do is draw . My name is Kamryn and my favorite things to do are play the violin and dance. My name is Lawrence and my favorite thing to do is ride my dirt bike.

Our Progress

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8Welcome to DT Philly! It sounds like you have a lot of different skills and interests on your team--that could come in handy when you're working on your DT Philly project. We're delighted that you are joining us this year, and we hope you have fun using design thinking to solve a problem. Thank you for coming back and uploading your team logo!
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Thanks for taking a walk in Jamal's shoes and understanding how life is more complicated for people with dyslexia. How did it make you feel to try to read that text? Did you feel any pressure because it was hard to do it quickly? Understanding how a problem impacts people--the frustrations they have and the things they have to do to deal with the problem--is an important part of design research. How will you empathize with the people you're designing for in DT Philly?
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It looks like you tried to submit something, but there was no attachment. Could you try again? We'd love to see what you're working on. If you're having trouble uploading your documents (it's a two-step process...upload, then hit "submit"), ask your teacher or another student to show you.
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10You did a nice job identifying important components of your problem in your rich picture. This is a topic that is very sensitive...do you hope to talk to people who engage in cyberbullying as well as victims of cyberbullying? Is there a way to make it safe for people in each of these groups to discuss their experiences with you? This is also a really big problem that will be hard to research and solve in all of the places it occurs. Maybe your research will help you narrow the scope of your project to certain social media platforms or forms of cyberbullying or groups of students. Having a more specific focus could make it easier to develop and test solution ideas when you get to that stage of your project.
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That's an interesting theory. We thought they were changing things while the camera was rolling but focused elsewhere. Either way, it's sometimes easy to miss things that are right in front of you. Remember this when you're doing your research, and keep your eyes open to everything that is going on. Good designers notice things that no one else does!
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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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