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The Greek Gods

About Us

Hi, we are The Greek Gods, team GG, containing 5 members:  Kamauri, Darren, Joann, Paul, and Isaiah.   Kamauri likes to sing and dnage during his free time.  Joanne likes to play Fortnite.  Darren likes to play video games and is good at technology and art.  Paul likes basketball, and Isaiah likes to play basketball too.

Our Progress

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Sep 21
Congratulations on cracking the case! Were any of the puzzles particularly challenging or fun? The persistence, teamwork, and creativity you used for this activity will help you in all parts of your DT Philly project. Thanks for the photos!
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8Welcome to DT Philly! We like your enthusiasm and hope you enjoy learning about design thinking and the ways you can use it to solve problems or make something new or better. We look forward to seeing the great work you'll do!
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10We enjoyed reading your thoughts on the different designs from your activity cards, and we're intrigued by the "good guilty" lights on your phone case design. Would that turn your phone into a lie detector? Parents and teachers everywhere might want one!
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Thanks for taking a walk in Jamal's shoes to understand how life is more complicated for people with dyslexia. How did it make you feel to try to read that text? It looks like you were under some pressure to read 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. Remember this, and think about how you could empathize with the people you're designing for in DT Philly! Thanks for sending us this fun video!
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10That was quite a list of potential design projects, and the one you chose sounds important since it affects all of you every day. Is your goal to make students more comfortable while they are learning in class? If so, it might be a little too early to say that you want to create furniture. You'll learn a lot during your research about the types of discomfort your fellow students feel and what contributes to that...and you may find out that good solutions could include moving around more often, or sitting properly in the furniture that you have, or other possibilities. On the other hand, if your goal is to create a piece of classroom furniture that is universally comfortable for all kinds of students, then that's a slightly different project--one that would require you to learn a lot about what "comfortable" means to all different kinds of people, and how such furniture could help you do what you need to do in the classroom. You have some time to give more thought to this, and you can revise your design challenge question as you learn more.
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Nice work! Did you notice the change before they showed you what was going on in the video? 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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10Why is school seating the way it is? If you think about it, lots of seating in public places is kind of uncomfortable...bus seats, benches, seats at sporting events. Can you think of some practical reasons why these seats tend to be hard or have other characteristics which make them uncomfortable? It might be interesting to catalog what students' main complaints are because they could have different causes and different solutions. For example, if it's that the edges of the desks are rough, is that a repair issue?
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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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