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Final Workshop at C:/dags

Recently Commonstudio had the pleasure of facilitating a final workshop at our partner school, C:/dags in South LA, which concluded a two year intensive on-site partnership.  Teachers were introduced to a new D3 resource we call the “Reverse Engineering Game.”  The purpose of this game is to build competency with the design process by starting […]

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C:/dags Teacher Design Challenge

Last week at C:dags, we had the pleasure of facilitating an exciting design workshop for a group of approximately 20 teachers.  Some were already familiar with the D3 process, and some were learning about it for the first time.  As we know the best way to learn is by doing, we engaged them in a […]

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Imagining our new furniture fitting in to how we use our workspace.

D3’s 5th Lair @PSP

D3 @PSP has made great progress and received great praise for the teens’ work in 2014! Currently we are in the Plan It Out phase of the On The Move project to redesign a TV lounge into the teens’ new work space. The teens have submitted three proposals, including a final proposal, to PSP’s management […]

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Excited to start the New Year off right redesigning D3's own workspace!

A Happy New Year in D3@PSP

The New Year brought great fun and excitement to D3 at PSP. We had a party for the teens on New Year’s Eve! We started with a little round of high and lows from 2013 and hopes for 2014, and the energy was high making conversation a little tough, so we stuffed our faces with […]

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D3 @PSP Peace Out & Timberwolves!

D3 @PSP was really exciting this week! On Tuesday the teens completed TWO peace posters in one day. A full house split into boys and girls teams to plan and paint, but both show peace as a process – a cycle people must be involved in to make the world a clean, healthy environment. The […]

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Back From Break at C:/dags

This week at C:/dags, 9th grade students in Mr. Velazques’s math class continue to learn the basics of HTML coding.  They now know how to manipulate text and images, and are getting accustomed to the language of the web!  We hope to leverage these valuable skills in future D3 projects.  Imagine the possibilities!  

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Improving upon their prototype

Planning It Out Paused for a Snow Day for D3 @ PSP

Here in Minnesnowta we had a half week of D3 programming. Lots of heavy, wet, perfect snowman building snow (the worst for driving cars!) got dumped on us Tuesday and it’s supposed to keep coming until Thursday morning… On Tuesday the teens worked from a sketch of their Peace Poster and decided to upgrade their […]

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Teens work on their use of imagery and practice expressing their ideas without words.

New Teens Dreaming of a Peaceful World – D3 @PSP

Some new teenagers from PSP joined D3 this week! We introduced the Peace Poster project themed “Our World, Our Future,” and the progress the teens have made: going through the D3 process to complete the Lion’s Club contest poster, then revisiting the D3 process to step outside the contest constraints and refine the poster. Here […]

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Peace From PSP Teen’s Point of View – D3 Style!

With a full group for two days teens at PSP’s D3 program created a Peace Poster for the Lion’s Club International Peace Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Our World, Our Future,” asking for teenagers to visualize a culture of peace from their perspective. Because of the deadline for the contest we set the teens up […]

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Cars, Chemistry, and Coding

Today at C:/dags we stopped into conduct post-project reflections with teachers who just wrapped up D3 projects with their class. Mr. Garcia’s balloon powered car project ended on a high note with a competition that would students’ final designs to the test.  After winners were crowned, a discussion was held to understand the successful aspects […]

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