PSPieces takes flight!

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We’ve made it to the end… it’s been a long 9 weeks, but we did it! This week was spent installing, thanking and celebrating. Beau and Emily carved out time during the day to meet with a member of the activities staff and two members of the maintenance staff to install the 180 cranes. It was a long 3 hours, but one by one, we hung them all and it looks incredible! We attracted a lot of unexpected attention and used those moments to plug D3 and give credit to the teens. Tuesday night, the teens made a giant thank-you card for the maintenence staff for their hard work as well as a poster for the lobby that explains our process with the project. We have only seen and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback so far from not only guestsbut PSP staff and directors. This installation is such a physical symbol of our teens’ spirit. They wanted to GO BIG and that’s exactly what they did! This project has been referred to as ‘the biggest teen project in PSP history’, an amazing title to have attached to D3. We hope to continue the hype with relevant and big-impact projects.

We celebrated with a pizza party on Wednesday with 14 energetic teens! All but one were repeat D3’ers, which means that almost all the teens who worked on the crane installation got to see it finished, what a way to end the project! The teens’ reaction to seeing the installation was more prideful than we expected, as well. We believe that the D3 process has really allowed them to experience the follow-through of an idea… what they’ve created has taken wings, literally. Our night was spent listening to music, going down to hang our poster and take pictures with our installation. We feasted on our pizza and breadsticks and played D3 trivia for the leftovers as we reflected and talked about other project ideas.

Next week brings a new project: Branding the D3 cart (AFP)! D3 at PSP is a mobile program, so we rely on our utility cart for supplies storage, a mobile workstation and our snack/beverage station. We are prefacing this project with a few sessions of ‘Decorating vs. Branding’ and will be taking a field trip to an ad agency! Stay tuned…

Categories: do it, PSP


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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