D3@PSP gets a few visitors!

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This week at PSP, we had a few familiar faces come to visit our D3 program: Kim + Danny! We were so excited to have them here and to see our progress in person. With our 3-5 teens, we began this week by breaking up into two teams and prototyping our “ideal” cart using an array of random supplies. The teens came up with some wacky, yet really insightful ideas through this exercise. The small-models served as a perfect jumping off point for seeing which ideas were realistic and which ones weren’t. We appreciated this as facilitators because teens were able to knock ideas off the list without needing much guidance from us. With the prototypes built, we went through a semi-formal critique and gave feedback as a group.

On Wednesday, we had another visitor: our friend and graphic design professor at the University of Minnesota, Ange Wang (http://www.tankoutsidethebox.com/, twitter.com/angetank)! Ange has a vibrant and energetic presence that we think the teens really fed off of during the session. We first sat together around our two prototype designs and continued to focus the main ideas into one design. We focused on adding larger wheels, adding “wings” to the sides of the cart (giving way for more desktop space if folded up and a security element if folded down), more organized storage underneath and looking for opportunities for our branding. We then applied those ideas to our existing cart in the form of cardboard models, giving us all a real view of what our cart could look like!

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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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