D3@PSP: CAUTION, cart construction!

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The D3 cart project has rolled into construction! The teens were so eager to go at the cart with paint brushes and rollers, but before we did that, we tested out different colors, paints and surfaces. The 5 teens defined each piece of the cart on Tuesday: 

  • One of the ‘wings’ will be dry-erase paint, the other will be chalkboard paint. The teens also thought of using chalk on sidewalks/flat public surfaces when we’re off site in lieu of using paper. We LOVE that idea!
  • The cart itself will be painted with D3 colors, the blue on the exterior surfaces of the cart, the green on the interior surfaces. The teens have also decided to add a clear dry-erase coat on top of the cart itself to maximize 
  • The storage will be store-bought but drawers will be customized with trays to help organize.
  • Hooks for hanging off-site backpacks/first aid kit will be drilled through the support pieces underneath the top surface.

On Wednesday, we had a full list of 8 teens who sanded, painted, and detailed every inch of the cart and wings. It looks phenomenal already! We had a few teens shoot video clips of our cart in the various stages of painting and wing construction to eventually turn into a mini process video at the end of this project. In between letting coats of paint dry, we took our teens down to the PSP cafeteria for the summer-kick-off carnival to enjoy some games, ice cream and prizes! 

This week we also welcomed our new volunteer, Alex, who has a background of drawing, communication design and experience with the PSP tutoring program! He has already proven to be a valuable presence and mentor for our teens.

Categories: do 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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