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Sep 21
Does this picture tell us that you solved the puzzle? What was the hardest part? The teamwork, persistence, and creativity you used to solve this mystery will come in handy throughout your DT Philly project.
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It looks like you wanted to submit something for this activity, but there were no pictures or text. If you're having trouble submitting your work, ask Ms. Banaszak or one of your classmates to show you how to upload and then submit material. We're sure they'll be able to help!
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Thanks for taking a walk in Jamal's shoes to understand how life is more complicated for people with dyslexia. We tried to make it fun and silly for you...and it sounds like you enjoyed it. But how would it 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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10That was quite the list of potential design challenges and the one you chose is very interesting. We think you'll make a lot of people happy by solving this one! Is there a specific place where you want to address this problem--does it happen on school grounds? It happens all over the city, but for the sake of this project you'll want to focus on a specfic place that's close to you. This will make it easier to keep an eye on what's happnening when you do your research, and also to see what impact you have when you prototype and test your solution ideas. Did you look at the example in your playbook and on the website of how to write a design challenge question--one that identifies what the problem is, what outcome you want to achieve, and where you will address the problem? After you take a look at that (ask Ms. Banaszak for help), you can update your question with some of these specifics.
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6These are good things to do as part of your research plan. Is the park near your school? You might also be able to learn from other places that have dealt with this problem. Don't forget to upload your rich picture to earn the rest of your points for this activity.
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10This sounds very annoying. Do people have to avoid the park or area where this happens, and does that make their walk longer? Do you always have to look down when you go through this area so you don't step in anything? In thinking about the causes of this problem...why do you think people don't clean up after their dogs? Surely it would be nicer for them, too, if they didn't have to walk their dogs in an area like this. Do you know any peole who walk their dogs in this area, and can you talk to them or do a survey of people who use this space? You might want to collect some data and take some pictures as part of your research to document how big a problem this is and how often it happens. Does anyone ever clean up the area? Are there signs posted about cleaning up? You're off to a good start...keep doing research and learn more!
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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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