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About Us

Hi we are SGAA. My name is Shane, I like to play fortnite on playstation. My name is Gracie, I like to go outside and play with my friends. My name is Angie. I liked to play baseball and go outside. My name is Alayna and I like to play softball and also go outside with my friends. I am Jacob, I like to play video games and bike outside with my friends.

Recent comments on our work:

1/24/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
Katie Le · Delavietie
Your idea is great for the stinky kids but where will you get the money for the machines?
1/24/19 · Assignment: Our Design Challenge
Scarlet Valdez-... · NASA
This is a pretty good idea but don't you guys ever think that this might hurt people's feelings.

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Sep 21
Did you solve the mystery? What was the best part? We're glad teamwork helped you achieve your goal...that's a good lesson to learn, not just for DT Philly but for many things in life.
Sep 21
Sep 21
10
8Welcome 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.
Sep 21
Sep 24
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Sep 28
10
6This is a bright and cheerful phone case that conveys a sense of identity since it has your team name on it. The goal of this activity was to get you to think about the designing for needs and preferences of a very specific audience--you! So, to earn a few more points, can you tell us what makes this the perfect phone case for you? Does it have any special features that meet your needs or wishes?
Oct 19
20
16Thank you for having us out to visit. We had fun working with you on your mini design sprint and encourage you to use the same creativity on your DT Philly project! Remember the tips we gave you about how to do each stage of your design thinking project, and let us know if you have questions or need help at any point.
Oct 5
Oct 5
Thanks for taking a walk in Jamal's shoes and understanding how life is more complicated for people with dyslexia. 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?
Oct 5
10
10Wow, this is an important project and one that will require you to show a lot of empathy in your work because it is such a sensitive and personal issue. We applaud your desire to help your fellow students. Until you do some research, it might be a good idea to keep your solution options open instead of saying that the solution is a system to distribute suppies in school. Until you learn more, it's hard to say if that is the best answer or if coupons/vouchers, or sending things to students' homes, or some other option might be just as good.
Oct 12
10
4Thanks for telling us a bit more about your problem. The rich picture activity was a tool to help you gather everything you know about your problem, identify where you need to learn more, and make a plan to conduct research. You can find instructions and an example of how to do it in your playbook.
Nov 2
20
12Thank you for taking the time to create a user profile for your project. Understanding your users' needs and the challenges they face will help you come up with creative solution ideas that work for many people! Are you missing any users...for example, the nurse or teachers who might have to speak to students? Or different types of students who are affected by or who have the problem? To earn more points, create a few more profiles that represent people you've spoken to or learned about who are affected by this problem.
Oct 19
Oct 19
You were really listening closely! Did you notice any of the other things that were changing? It's surprisingly 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!
Oct 19
10
10This is complicated problem to research because it is such a sensitive topic. Do you think a confidential survey about health and hygiend might help you learn more, so you don't have to guess the reasons why people sometimes smell bad? Are there things happening around this problem that you can observe...do students talk about or move away from certain classmates? Is there a kind and caring way to find out how students who seem to have this problem feel?
Nov 2
10
6It sounds like you learned some interesting things from your research, and defining what you mean by hygiene is a good idea. Did you survey any students about their hygiene needs or habits? You would have to be sensitive in how you did it, but it might help you understand students' needs. There's a second part to this activity that asks if anything you've learned during your research so far suggests you might want to revise or update your design challenge question. There's an example in your handbook and a sheet in the back of the handbook to help you do this. Submit this to earn 4 more points!
Nov 9
10
10Congratulations on finding all of the answers to this year's Scavenger Hunt! We will share your question with Ms. Georgian and see what advice she might have for you. Don't forget to check the notices section (the pink box at the top of your team page) from time to time and read the new announcements. We left you a few questionnaires that we'd love to have you answer if you can.
Dec 7
20
20Good job reflecting on your work. It sounds like you identified a place where you didn't do enough research to support this particular solution idea. We encourage you to explore the idea you have (and consider whether some of the problems you identified with the shower would also pertain to a cleaning station). But we also encourage you to explore the problem a bit more and see if you're missing anything important. Have you done enough research to know if students are aware that they have a hygiene problem, or if they know how to practice good hygiene? If the hygiene problem is caused primarily by not having soap, toothpaste, water, deoderant, etc., then making these things available in various ways could help solve your problem. But if there are other reasons for the hygiene problems, you may need to consider some new solution ideas.
Nov 16
Nov 16
Thank you for sharing your drawings. Did it get easier to come up with ideas as you went along? A teacher from another team noticed that his students drew different things depending on which way they held the paper--for example, a triangle for some became an ice cream cone, but for students holding the paper a different way it became a hat. This is a great insight...sometimes looking at a situation from a different angle can help you see new things.
Nov 16
10
10Talking to the nurse was a good idea, and it sounds like you have two specific hygiene problems--bad breath and body odor--that you could focus on and brainstorm ways to address. This is a super sensitive issue, so other needs you might want to brainstorm around could include ways to be discreet in helping students practice good hygiene, and ways to eliminate any stigma or embarrassment around addressing hygiene needs. Do you think all of your fellow students know how to practice good hygiene, and do you think students know if they have a hygiene problem? If not, these are two more needs you could brainstorm around.
Nov 30
10
10Thank you for submitting a clear picture of your work! Are we remembering correctly that dental hygiene was also a big problem you uncovered during research? Your brainstorming phase is where you want to get really creative in thinking about how to approach your problem. Do you think that students know they have hygiene problems? Or know how to practice good hygiene? These considerations might be just as important to solving your problem as the size of someone's water bill. You'll want to prototype and test more than one idea in order to see what works best to help solve your problem, so we encourage you to keep brainstorming and consider some options in addition to a cleaning station.
Dec 21
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20Embarrassing or offending people would definitely be a terrible idea! Did thinking about your problem from a different perspective give you any new ideas for how to approach your problem in discreet, open-minded, and sensitive ways?
Dec 7
Dec 7
Dec 14
10
10We like how you annotated your sketch; it really helps us see and understand different aspects of your idea. This solution idea sounds like it will involve multiple types of design since you'll have to create the space and how the program will work. Have you identified a place in the school where this could be set up? What kind of things do you need to consider in selecting a space...privacy? Security? Size? Layout? What will you need to make or get to create the hygiene station? Who is in charge of getting items and making sure the hygiene station stays neat, organized, and well-stocked? You'll want to be as detailed as possible in planning your prototypes, and you'll want to make them as realistic as possible so you can test them to see how well they work and what needs to be improved. For prototyping, you might want to create a few different ways to provide hygiene supplies to see what makes the most sense. For example, what if students aren't comfortable using the supplies in the restroom where other students might see them? Could you prototype different kinds of stations or different ways to access the supplies?
Dec 21
10
10Thanks for explaining what your first idea is. Do you have any pictures? Are you going to experiment with different places to put the shelf to see what works best? What will make it private? You have an interesting idea, and your next step is to make it more "real" so you can evaluate how well it works. The goal of prototyping and testing is to see if your idea is desirable (will students use it?), effective (does it eliminate the problem), and feasible (are you able to make it happen). There are a lot of details to think about in a system like this, so you'll want to write down all of the steps you'll take for creating, stocking, and maintaining these shelves, and then make or get some things you'll need to test the idea with real people. Some questions you might want to ask yourselves include how will you store or display these items? Who is responsible for re-stocking supplies? Where will the supplies come from? Is there anything you have to do to get the people who need them to use them? We're excited to see what you do next.
Jan 11
20
12Thanks for taking the time to review these designs and share your thoughts. You've done a good job describing your problem and the reasons why you want to solve it, but for this activity we want you to dig a little deeper to think of something you haven't thought of yet. Can your team think of any ways you can take your design to a whole new level and make things even better for the people you want to help? Paying attention to small details can have a big impact for the people who will use your design. Share with us some ways you can make your design more thoughtful, easy to use, fun, or beneficial to earn 8 more points on this assignment.
Jan 4
Jan 4
Jan 4
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8Are you testing all three ideas on your paper, or just the lunch time hygiene station where students can get wipes (will there be other items available as well?)? In your Terrible Ideas activity, you mentioned that doing things publicly and calling out students would make them feel bad. Is this something you took into consideration when you made plans to test your ideas? And will your prototypes and tests help you figure out how much of the problem is education about hygiene and how much of the problem is about access to personal care products?
Jan 11
10
10We hope you had fun and learned a lot about your designs during your first test! What questions were on your survey, and how did it help you evaluate your prototype? Did you have other products besides wipes and spray at your hygiene station? Some people react strongly to scented products, so that's good feedback that can impact what you do. It sounds like you discovered some valuable information, and it sounds like lots of people took the wipes (maybe not just people you originally thought to help). Did you learn what the nurse does with the students she sees who have poor hygiene? And did the wipes fix the problem you wanted to address all along--did students with poor hygiene use them that day and then smell better? Your next step is to use what you learned to make your designs more effective, figure out how to overcome any barriers to implementing your design more broadly (details like who would buy the supplies, when and how students get them--first thing in the morning? after gym?--etc.), and test your improved designs again if you have time. Keep up the good work!
Jan 18
10
10It sounds like your team has gotten some helpful feedback on what products people find most helpful and desirable. Is there a place in your school where you could put a washer and dryer? This sounds like it might be beneficial...have you thought about how a laundry system would work? This means figuring out things like who would operate it, when and where students would drop off and pick up clothes, whether it's only for uniforms, if it's available to all students, etc. Modeling in paper is a good way to help you think through some early ideas for prototyping, but we'd really like to see photos of the actual hygiene station you set up (or are planning to set up). Is it a table, or a cart, or a shelf? Is it self-serve, or does someone hand out supplies from the station? What kind of signage do you have? If you have photos, please upload some. And if you don't, we recommend doing a real-life prototype and taking pictures of it. Keep up the good work!
Jan 25
20
20Thank you for taking the time to give some other teams encouragement and feedback. You can learn a lot from seeing how other people approach problems and work through them, just as you can learn a lot from seeing how people outside your team understand your work. For this reason, knowing how to give feedback and receive feedback are important skills to develop. Asking questions is a good way to help a team see where they could explain their project better or see a detail they may have overlooked. Keep sharing your own work and supporting your fellow design thinkers on other teams!
Jan 25
Jan 28
10
10Thank you for submitting your summary, implementation plan and budget! Your implementation plan should include dates for when you will do things, so please add those when you get the time. Your team has dedicated a lot of time and hard work to this project, and we appreciate your passion for your project. We can't wait to see how you share your design story with the judges and your fellow design thinkers next week.
Feb 4
10
Feb 4
20

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?

Collaborator Badge 1 of 4

Nice work getting the conversation started!  Collaboration is key to the design process!

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