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Micheal Clement's picture
1/23/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
Micheal Clement · The Golden Tigers, Team Tigers, Team Tigers
I like this. i like when we get or need snacks, we don't have to pay for it. its like a free snack delivery. thumbs up!
Cierra Lyles's picture
1/25/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
Cierra Lyles · Shawmont Roaring Lions, Team ABC, Little Einsteins
I like where your team is going with this. With you making sure people are able to get food at school and not having to pay for it, But if I were in your team Id recommend giving food to the homeless once a week every week. Good job though (:
Cierra Lyles's picture
1/25/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
Cierra Lyles · Shawmont Roaring Lions, Team ABC, Little Einsteins
Kamryn's picture
1/25/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
Kamryn · The Dreamcatchers
This prototype(in my opinion) is really good and a smart idea for certain people who don't have enough time to eat before they leave their house but some people still might not be able to buy things
Scarlet Valdez-Sanchez's picture
1/24/19 · Assignment: Design that Delights
Scarlet Valdez-... · NASA
I think that this is really cool! It's a nice way to go around the school.
Darren Chen's picture
1/23/19 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Darren Chen · The Greek Gods
Sounds like a great idea having a post delivered in school to the teams but who is gonna deliver it?
Steven Thomas's picture
1/22/19 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Steven Thomas · Team Tigers
This is such a great idea. We would love to see this at our school. We like snacks and sometimes our teacher doesn't have them for us. We can't go to the store. Your prototype will help a lot of kids. Our question is: Have you checked with other teachers yet to see if they will allow deliveries to their classrooms? We really like how you are using Google forms in your prototype. We are using Google to in or prototype. Excellent job!
Gina Griffith's picture
1/30/19 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Gina Griffith · The Black Power Puff Girls, Out Smarters, 7A+, Cookies and Creme, The Fabulous 5, TropicalZZZ, Monstars, N.O., Delavietie, Triple Threat, Team Thunder, NASA, QuadSquad, Mean Girls, SMMST, F.N., Team Playstation, TWBK, PINK
One of our school teams ran into lots of problems trying to sell snacks, so many rules. No nuts, or peanut butter, we heard our teacher tell them what the principal said. Also the could not sell any snacks b4 lunch. Your snacks look good. What is the price?
Cade's picture
1/25/19 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Cade · The Dreamcatchers
My team thinks that you guy's food cart is a good idea for the kids who are hungry so that they can eat but also the food could cause mice and crumbs .
Tamika's picture
1/25/19 · Assignment: Rapid Prototypes
Tamika · Dynamic Dynamite Diva’s
I really like the idea! It's super creative and I think it would be a good way to hand out food to students. But maybe instead of having one person walk around the school and do it, you can have more people in different parts of the school so it could less exhausting.

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


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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 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.

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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.

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Way to take it to the next level!  Keep the collaboration going!