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About Us

Hi we are The Ballers from Shawmont School. Kevin likes to play games and type a lot. My name is Joey and I love to play ¨The division.¨ I'ḿ Santana and I like to play basketball and play video games. My name is Jerry and I like to watch videos. Hi, I'm Kylee and I'm the only girl in the group and I like Netflix.

Recent comments on our work:

10/11/18 · Assignment: In Their Shoes
James Blue · Team Tigers
Thank you for sharing the pictures and feedback. We agree! We learned a lot too.

Our Progress

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Sep 21
Congratulations on solving the mystery! It sounds like everyone contributed to your success in different ways. Teamwork, creativity, persistence, and knowing when to ask for help will help you in your DT Philly project and in many other things you'll do throughout your lives.
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10Welcome to DT Philly! It sounds like your team really enjoys technology, which means you've probably seen a lot of systems and experience design. (You'll learn more about these when you watch The Wonderful World of Design video.) Thanks for coming back to upload a logo!
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It looks like you tried to turn in something for this assignment, 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.
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Thanks for the pictures and for empathizing with Jamal to understand 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?
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10Nice work on your design challenge question! You picked an important problem, and you did a good job describing the problem and the goal without jumping ahead to a solution. Do you see a lot of cranky outburst in school, and are students late because of sleeping in?
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10You identified some important components of your problem in your rich picture. Nice work. There are so many interesting things you could learn in your research about students' sleep habits, evening routines, how they feel during the school day, etc.--we can't wait to see what you discover next.
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Nice work! Did you notice these things before they showed you how it was done? 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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10Lack of sleep is certainly a problem, and for many of us it has to do with poor time management or bad habits. Would it be helpful to survey the students in your grade about their sleep habits...what time they go to bed and get up, what they do in the hours before going to bed, how tired they feel at different points in the day, etc.? Or maybe ask your class to keep sleep journals for a week, documenting their sleep habits and what they do in the evening? Do any of the parents try to do anything about it? It's kind of funny when you think about it...if we know we'll feel better by getting the correct amount of sleep, why don't we try harder to do it?
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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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