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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:

11/9/18 · Assignment: Our Design Challenge
Saviyon Evans · The Golden Tigers, Team Tigers, Team Tigers
That is a really a good idea and some of us can relate to that because we can relate to that. Team Tigers
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.
Oct 19
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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 in 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 in your project.
Oct 5
Oct 5
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?
Oct 12
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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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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 anyone who might be a user for your project? The persona you created seems to represent students who stay up too late because of homework. Would another group of users maybe be students who stay up to late watching tv, playing games, or being on social media? Or maybe parents who need to get their children to go to sleep earlier? Or maybe there are other groups that would be important to think about? 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
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!
Oct 19
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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?
Nov 2
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This looks like your research plan, not your research findings. (And a user persona for the Fresh Perspectives activity--we will upload a copy of that in the right place for you.) See your playbook for instructions about how to do this activity, and submit the requested information to earn points.
Nov 9
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10Thank you for completing this year's online scavenger hunt. You got 4 of the 6 answers correct. We want to make sure you know how to access all of the resources available, so we have a few questions for you...Are you watching the video introductions to each stage of the design process--the ones that show how a student design team approached a problem in their school? You can find the links to these videos in the activity list on your team page. Do you have a copy of the DT Philly Playbook, and does Ms. Banaszak go over the material in that with you so you know how to do different parts of your project? We will forward your question to Jackie and see if she can give you some advice. Let us know if you need help with anything...and keep an eye out for notices and new feedback throughout your DT Philly project!
Dec 7
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20Good job reflecting on your work! It sounds like your team understands the importance of thinking deeply and questioning your assumptions before deciding on a course of action. This is a strategy you can use to strengthen any project you work on. We encourage you to explore the idea you have but also to explore the problem a bit more and see if you're missing anything important. Doing thorough research lays the groundwork for successful solutions. Do you think you considered enough ideas for addressing the root cause of the problem by helping students get more sleep? Are there ways to encourage this besides allowing naps in special beds at school? And do you think you spent enough time exploring ways to keep students awake and alert in class?
Nov 16
Nov 16
Thank you for sharing these creative drawings! You seem to be following a theme of food images--isn't it interesting how one idea can inspire another? . 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
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10It sounds like there are a lot of reasons why students don't get enough sleep...some of them are in the students' control, and some are outside their control. Did your research tell you if students understand the importance of sleep, or help you understand their attitudes toward sleep? Or did you talk to any students who go to sleep in time to be well rested for school the next day? If you find students who fit this profile, you may be able to learn more about what keeps them on a good sleep schedule, and this may inspire your own thinking about solutions. If students know better and still don't go to bed on time, that might give you a theme to brainstorm around--what are all the ways you can think of to help students do what they know they need to do, or all the ways you can think of to disrupt the lure of social media and technology?
Nov 30
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10Thank you for sharing your brainstorming process with us. Based on your takeaways, it sounds like your solution ideas should achieve one of two goals...get students to sleep more, and keep students awake in class. We're a little confused about some of your brainstorming ideas...they sound like reasons why students don't sleep at night, rather than ways to help students sleep at night. Or are you saying that noise and movement are two ways to keep students awake in class? You'll want to prototype and test a few different ideas to see what works best, so we encourage you to explore and brainstorm a bit more before you begin prototyping. What are all of the ways you could help students get more sleep? And all of the ways you could keep students awake and alert in class?
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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?

Collaborator Badge 1 of 4

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

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