D3@PSP defines + takes a break!

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This week at PSP, we made huge progress with our cart design through the Define stage. After taking both prototypes into consideration and narrowing our ideas down last week, we had our 4 teens source materials and compare them for the cart. Beau and Emily brought in as many material options as possible for the teens to use to test out. The teens ran the Which is Better? activity by taking each category (wheels, “wings”, storage and security) and put each material to the test! We measured wear and tear by trying to break, stab, split, and add weight to storage hooks and different panels that could be potential wings… We splashed water and bent and folded. The teens came up with many materials that would work for our final design. Check it out!

Wednesday was deemed a fieldtrip day as other PSP programming was taking an end-of-the-schoolyear trip to Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe, something our teens could not pass up! We had a total blast going from ride to ride and experiencing a carefree night with the teens. We use those opportunities to grow and learn more about each one’s personality and interests which is invaluable to us!
Next week: back to regularly scheduled D3 sessions!

Categories: design it, people serving people


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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