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The Futures

About Us

Hi there. We are ... The Futures. We are a team of 8th Graders at William C. Longstreth School: Tatiana, Fahtama, Fahim, Phil, Khalil, Icyss, Shanice and Aniyah. Many of us have been at our school since kindergarten and want a chance to help before we leave for 9th grade. We hope to find a solution to a problem to help as many people as possible. We are ... The Futures

Our Progress

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Sep 21
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10Welcome to DT Philly! We're delighted you've decided to join us, and we hope you enjoy learning about design thinking and using it to solve a problem or make something new or better. Your commitment to leaving a legacy at your school is inspiring, and we can't wait to see the great work you will do this year.
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10It sounds like you had some very creative phone case designs! People are always trying to improve upon phone case design...what do you think of this one: https://www.techradar.com/news/this-crazy-case-design-is-like-an-airbag-for-your-smartphone. No french fry holder, but it is a bit different! It's interesting that you found a lot of different features that were important to each of you. As you can see, people aren't all the same--they have different preferences and needs. This is why you will want to learn a lot about the people you are designing for once you choose a topic for your DT Philly project--understanding their needs will help you make important decisions in your design work.
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20Thank you for having us out to visit. We had fun working with you on your mini design sprint! 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.
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15Wow, there are so many things you can learn about with a project like this! From calorie and nutritional needs, to rules governing what you can do, to students habits and preferences (which influence their behavior)...you have your work cut out for you, and we can't wait to see what you learn from your research. We do have one question...are you focusing on school breakfast? Your goal of helping students get to school on time seems to suggest that morning food is a priority. Thanks for including photos.
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10It's great that you already started on your research with your survey. We know there are a lot of rules about food in schools. Why is that? Is it important ot understand why those rules are in place and what the goals are? Or why students don't have breakfast in the morning either at home or at school (we're guessing your school serves breakfast)? You're right...there's a lot to learn about this topic, and we're excited to see what you discover throughout your research.
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10Way to go! We can tell you've been working hard. Your survey is very interesting, and the couple of responses you included seem to indicate that not everyone has the same opinon about being able to snack during class time, or even about buying snacks. It's interesting, too, that there isn't enough breakfast to go around. Are students more likely to eat the breakfast food than the lunch food? We also wonder if the students who don't buy snacks or don't eat snacks during the school day report lower energy levels than the students who go to the poppy store? Is it possible that what students eat (not just whether they snack) has an impact on energy levels--are some foods better for sustaining focus and energy?
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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?

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

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