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The Golden Tigers

About Us

Our team catch phrase is "only be gold." Some of the characteristics or skills that make us awesome are that we are great at academics, focused on demonstrating positive behavior, and we use different types of technology well.  Our school is unique because we have  instrument  and band classes, a school/community garden, and we are now a community school specializing in blended learning.  Our team members spirit animals include  a dog, a cat, an owl, a bird, and a cheetah. Our team members agree that some of the greatest inventions of all times include a radio on a bike, a Hoverboard, electric scooters, bikes, and hydraulic wheels.

 

 

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Oct 21
Good job Golden Tigers! We're glad you resisted the devastating temptation of eating Sam instead of saving Sam!
Oct 14
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6Welcom to DT Philly! We enjoyed meeting your team and look forward to working with you--you're off to a great start! To earn more points for this assignment, have all team members log in to their accounts and select a profile pic!
Oct 21
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10These are great examples and descriptions of those different types of design. We particularly like how you explained the Easy Button as an example of experience design. Nice work Golden Tigers!!!
Nov 4
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20Thanks for having us out to do a design activity with you. We had fun and were impressed with your creativity and teamwork skills. When you go to do your DT Philly project, don't forget what we learned on Friday...to always start a design project with a question, to figure out what you know before you start your research, to brainstorm lots of ideas before you start builidng, and to assess you ideas and adapt them as you go! Keep up the good work.
Nov 4
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8It sounds like you picked the most fun problem you identified for your design challenge! We're intrigued by your idea and look forward to see where you go with it.
Nov 4
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8It's great that you did a survey! We can't wait to hear who you surveyed and what you learned from that!
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12We're not quite sure what you did, but it sounds interesting!
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4This is a good start. What else did you learn from different types of research?
Nov 23
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4Nice job redefining your challenge, but we don't see your empathy map. You can earn more points by uploading your empathy map. Let us know if you need help with it.
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16It sounds like you've given this subject a lot of thought! I wonder why we seem to get bored with new toys so quickly...
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8These are lovely drawings? Can you make these toys? Did you consider sketching some of your other ideas like the DIY kit?
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4It's exciting that you made and tested prototypes! What did you make?
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Badges

Google X Badge

Congratulations--you're on your way to becoming a unicorn!  Google X, the branch of Google that works on futuristic projects like Google Glass and self-driving cars, looks for team members who can be "unicorns."  Unicorn designers, they say, are a rare group of people who excel in all aspects of the design process from generating creative ideas to bringing those ideas into the real world.  Not all of the creative folks at Google X have a traditional design background, but they leverage their diverse experiences to generate truly innovative ideas.

Sunderland Badge

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes!  Good designers deeply understand the needs of those they are helping, just as Mark Sunderland, a textile engineer in Philadelphia, did when he designed the custom-made rowing suit that U.S. Olympic athletes wore during training this year.  The one-piece suits are made on an electronic knitting machine that creates clothing with almost no seams, eliminating a pain point for athletes.  Sunderland's innovative material is also super lightweight, wicks away sweat, and has an anti-microbial and water-repellant finish to help protect athletes against bacteria lurking in the water.

Continuum Badge

Hey--you really swept us off our feet!  The design consultancy Continuum came up with the idea for the Swiffer while watching people clean their floors.  Their research showed that most people swept before mopping and then spent more time cleaning the dirty mop than they had spent mopping the floor!  Further analysis showed that most of what people were cleaning off their floors was dust, which is most easily cleaned up without water.  See how taking a careful look at what was really happening informed the creation of a fast-selling, time-saving, easy-to-use product?

NikeLab Badge

Way to go wild!  It's not always easy to reimagine every-day experiences.  The Nike Innovation Lab is a space where designers work to generate wild ideas.  Pushing the boundaries like they do (how might a shoe create the sensation of running on pine needles?) enables them to explore new concepts.  They aren't afraid to make something unusual because at this stage they're focused on exploring the experience they want to create.  Watch this cool video to see some of their wild shoe concepts and how they lead the team to an innovative solution.

NASA Hangar X Badge

Far out!  Prototyping is important to see if your ideas work in the real world.  At NASA, three industrial designers work on something called the human factors group.  These designers come up with solutions to make the astronauts more comfortable in space and develop ways to make their jobs easier to perform.  In a place called Hangar X, they try out solutions to tricky problems by creating life size prototypes and testing how well they meet the needs of NASA's astronauts.

Haas & Hahn Badge

Now you get the picture about the importance of testing!  Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn (known as Haas & Hahn), became famous for creating large-scale works of art by painting houses and streets in a poor part of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The early parts of their projects serve as tests for their ideas, and they use the feedback they receive to improve the projects for the communities being served.  These artists have also done work here in Philadelphia, and you can see their brightly colored mural across 50 storefront buildings on Germantown Avenue.

Alfano & Ancona Badge

Hooray--you are on your way to getting your story out!  Remember to show as well as tell the story of your design project.  Visuals and graphic design are great ways to communicate even complex information.  Check out this interactive image designed by Chris Alfano and Lauren Ancona to show where the Philadelphia School District spends its money.  See how the information changes as you scroll over different parts of the graphic?  What a great way to share a lot of information in an easy-to-see and use format!

Collaborator Badge

To earn this badge, collaborate on a task with a mentor or design consultant.