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Dynamic Dynamite Diva’s

About Us

Hi. we are the Dynamic Dynamite Divas.  Our team consists of five people Moira, Aaron, Tamika, Sana, and Natalya. Moira likes to cook with her mom, and dance in her free time. Aaron likes to draw and listen to music. Tamika likes to hang out with her little brother. Natalya likes to hangout with her friends at target. Sana,like to eat and dance.

Our Progress

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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 upload a team logo or picture to earn 4 more points for this activity.
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10Nice job thinking about the bookbag and headphone designs. Hopefully talking about the designs on the cards helped you learn that there is more than one way to achieve the same goal--this is a good thing to keep in mind when you're working on your DT Philly project. Also remember the needs of your audience when you're doing your design project. Their needs and preferences will help you make decisions about what you design, just like the headphone designers did with the different styles they created. We like the saying on your phone case. Would your perfect phone case have any other special features to meet your needs or preferences?
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Thanks for taking a walk in Jamal's shoes to understand how life is more complicated for people with dyslexia. It sounds like you developed a good strategy to work around the problem, and we applaud your teamwork! Can you imagine how it would feel if everything you had to read looked like that? Not just school work, but menus, and websites, and signs. 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. Remember this, and think about how you could empathize with the people you're designing for in DT Philly!
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10You're right...bullying is a big problem and a very important one to address. Is there a time or a place at school where bullying happens a lot? With a problem as big as bullying, it's helpful to address it in a specific place or at a specific time. This willl make it easier to do research--you'll have one place to observe and identify people to speak with, and it will be easier to prototype and test how well your solution ideas work. We gave you a sample deisgn challenge question in your playbook and on the website--you can use it as a model for your own question, and ask Mrs. Banasazk to help you explain your challenge a little bit more.
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Nice work! 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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10You're off to a good start with your research. Did you learn anything more about what people do in response to cyberbullying? If you can tell that someone is being bullied online, do people just look away, or share that with friends? Does anyone try to intervene, stand up for the victim, or report it to an adult? What about the people who engage in cyberbullying--how does it makes them feel, and what do they do?
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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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