Team Newbies – Community Building

Team Newbies – WE HAVE A “HOW CAN WE”

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We delved into the Foundry and really cranked out a few great how can we statements. We ideated tons of ideas for our top three choices and decided that trying to created a sense of community in the classroom was the most daring, feasible, and applicable.

We feel that created team building games and activities will really beget a strong sense of belonging in classrooms and force students to really try to improve their skills and motivate themselves to succeed. We will talk with a DFA fellow tomorrow and continue conducting interviews and doing research in conjunction with our newly defined problem space.

ALSO: Howard got a haircut. 🙁

Team Newbies – Insight from Matt Nash

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Team Newbies


Today we met with Matt Nash and we received some good contacts and new ideas.

As for where we are right now, we tried to create some “how can we…” statements, but then we ran into a wall and couldn’t narrow down our questions anymore. Our current How can we statements are rather vague, for example: “How can we help teachers motivate kids SOMEHOW?”

We believe that the reason for this is that we have not compiled enough secondary research and interviews to have a good idea of appropriate, detailed how can we statements. Therefore, this week we will continue to work on conducting secondary research and more interviews.

According to Kevin, we’re only 1 week or so behind other groups. This is better than our estimation of being like a month behind. We’ll catch up, probably

Team Newbies – An Intro

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Today we narrowed down out problem space to target improving lack of motivation in middle school students. We will quantify this through dropout rates.

We conducted a lot of research into dropout rates of NC and Durham County – especially the reasons for why students drop out.

Our plan from here is to look into finding community partners so that we can go into schools and talk with students/teachers/parents about what motivates students in order to narrow down our problem space even further and find a user.