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How Can We reduce pollution in the Wabash River?

Purdue 3 in DFA Purdue

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Catherine Chung

We got your video! Congratulations on all you have accomplished throughout the project. I loved seeing all the footages and pictures of you all going out to the river and interviewing residents and testing out your prototypes. Glad to see that you all received positive feedback from the partners. After submitting the video, there is no requirement from our end for you all to continue the project, but as you all are at a great stage for installing some of the solutions yall have devised, I encourage you all to continue your project efforts.

Once again, congratulations on your great work and we will be in touch about completing the DFA New Studio Application process within two weeks! Please let me know if you all have any questions in the meantime.

2 years ago ·

Julia Hatfield

1. What did we accomplish in the last week?
This week, we finished creating our trash grabbers and trash compactor prototypes. We iterated on our designs and gathered the materials that we needed for our final prototypes. We set up the meeting times to test each prototype for this coming week.
2. What will we accomplish in the next week?
In the next week, we plan to finish testing our prototypes and start creating the video. We will get videos of our prototypes in action and interview users to see what they think of our ideas and how effective our prototypes are. We will wrap up the week by compiling our videos with the other groups and create a fantastic, dope, incredible, breathtaking application video.
3. What obstacles are impeding us from accomplishing our tasks?
The weather this week did not let us test our prototypes. Finding times when we can get people down to the river during peak river-walking hours has been difficult, but should be easier this week.
4. What are the big decisions we are making right now?
Currently, we are deciding which prototype will have the biggest impact on the community. This will be what we use for the final project. After that, we will look into how to implement our ideas permanently to continue to improve the littering situation around the river.
5. What was a high point and low point of the week?
The low point of our week was that the weather did not let us do most of the testing that we had planned. We have all been very busy with exams and projects over the past week and were unable to find convenient times to test when there would be people down by the river. The high point of our week was seeing our ideas come to life. Prototyping our ideas gave us lots of insight into what will be the most effective when implemented.

2 years ago ·

Julia Hatfield - As an update, our team was able to successfully start testing our prototypes today! Now we are back on track and will continue to keep testing.

2 years ago

Catherine Chung - Hi team! Sorry for the late feedback. This week has been crazy!

Great to hear that the prototypes are done and it was the high for your team! Sorry to hear about the weather though. Good to hear that y’all got to do some of the testing.

Looking forward to seeing the footage of the prototypes in action and the fantastic, dope, incredible, breathtaking application video! Great work team.

2 years ago

Julia Hatfield

1. What did we accomplish in the last week?
We brainstormed ideas for each of our HCW statements and narrowed those ideas down to our two best options for each HCW. We then picked the 3 best ideas that seemed the most feasible with our time and resources and began making prototypes to test those ideas. The how can we statements are:
How can we provide the community a sense of ownership and responsibility over the health of the river?
How can we get users of the walking trails or the facilities near the Wabash more concerned about proper disposal of their garbage and the effect trash has on the environment?
Our first idea was creating a twitter account called savethewabash where we post facts about the river and see how many people would follow the account. We hope to see if the account could have a potential significant impact with the community by having the local residents aware of the pollution in the river. The second idea was placing trash compactors along the path of the river. This way when people walk along the path, they have somewhere to place their trash instead of littering. The third idea was creating trash grabbers, where there would be trash cans placed at the beginning, throughout and end of the path. Stakes would be placed next to the trash cans so people can pick up trash as they walk along the river and dispose it at the end.
2. What will we accomplish in the next week?
We will finish prototyping and testing those prototypes in the community. After we have tested our solutions, we will gather and analyze the data in order to decide which prototype was most effective and received the most positive feedback. Then we will choose our most successful prototype to present to nationals as our final solution.
3. What obstacles are impeding us from accomplishing our tasks?
The feasibility of construction of our prototypes and the lack of time to get sufficient feedback are making it difficult to come up with solutions that will be very effective. Finding time to test all of our prototypes and analyze the data before our deadline is becoming more difficult as we approach the end of our month.
4. What are the big decisions we are making right now?
Deciding which prototypes are most effective and which ones have enough promise to pursue on a larger scale are the biggest decisions this week. If we choose a prototype that does not end up being very effective, we do not have time to try anything else.
5. What was a high point and low point of the week?
The high point of the week was making a twitter page to raise awareness of littering and other general news about the Wabash river. The low point of the week was realizing that we do not have many prototyping supplies and it will be difficult with the time remaining to make effective, low-fidelity prototypes that can be tested in the real world.

2 years ago ·

Catherine Chung - Hi team! Great HCWs. I like how they are tied very close to the findings yall have gathered from your user research.

Cool ideas! The stakes idea is interesting. It would be cool to interview the people after they have used the stakes to see why they used the stakes (sense of ownership??). What’s the twitter handle?

With yall’s concerns about not having enough time to test many prototypes, I would recommend parallel prototyping. I’ve included the resource below. There are multiple ways to prototype one idea and I think yall have pretty interesting ideas that could be tested well. I suggested this to team 1 as well: Maybe do something similar to what yall did in user research like going out near the river and showing your prototype for feedback? What if yall gave a trash to a runner/community member and set up your trash compactor prototype or the stakes and see what the person do with the trash?

I think you all have some very cool ideas that can be implemented pretty nicely so keep up the good work and maybe reach out to mentors at Purdue or in the area to see if yall can get any help on prototyping materials!

2 years ago

Julia Hatfield - The twitter handle is @SavingTheWabash. We are currently looking into the most effective ways to test our prototypes!

2 years ago

Catherine Chung - Followed!

2 years ago

Julia Hatfield

1. This week we met as a team to analyze our interview responses, develop our HCW statements, and begin ideation individually. We have established a meeting for the week after spring break to take the next steps in ideation and coming up with a solution.
2. Over the next week we will do nothing official because it’s spring break. While we are off, everyone is encouraged to ideate and write down any ideas that come to mind so that we can start the next week with a few ideas already in mind. We have a meeting planned for when we get back to being ideating and getting ideas on paper. From there we will develop prototypes and begin testing.
3.Having a break slows us down, but gives us an opportunity to take a step back and look at our problem from a different perspective. We didn’t get as many good responses as we would have liked from our interviews, so we may have to go back to immerse ourselves more deeply to get a more complete vision of the problem.
4. Within the next week when we get back we hope to have a solution agreed upon and begin testing shortly after. Deciding on a solution that is both daring and feasible will be a tough decision due to the fact that so many groups have tried to solve this problem in the past and failed.
5. The low point of the week was not getting as many good interview responses as we would have liked, so we might have to go back to that in the future. The high point was meeting and coming up with HCW’s and beginning to think of solutions that could actually make a difference if we are able to implement them effectively.

2 years ago ·

Catherine Chung - Great to see that yall are spending some time on ideating. One thing to note for the meeting after the break is to build on each other's ideas and if it makes sense to move on to another idea, doing so. Encourage each other to be as flexible and divergent as possible before converging and selecting concepts to build & test.

Agreed that deciding on a solution is tough. I would focus on the impact you all can make. Some of the impact that has been made in past DFA projects were anywhere from a report to a community partner to a physical solution given to a user. If you have many concepts, build lo-fidelity prototypes to test them quickly and see which concepts works for the issue.

I linked resources about ideating, selecting concepts, and building prototypes to test below.

Have a wonderful spring break and looking forward to hearing from you all next week!

2 years ago

Laine Hertel joined the project

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Ryan Smith joined the project

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Kyle Spisak joined the project

2 years ago ·

Julia Hatfield

1. In the past week, we created a set of questions which we then used as conversation starters with people in the Lafayette area. We branched out in the community and asked people these questions, recording these answers and gaining feedback to help progress our research.
2. We will analyze the survey data in order to create more how can we statements from the point of view from the locals. We will define measures of success in order to assess our future solutions.
3 A possible obstacle we face is the lack of depth in the responses we received from our surveys. Out of the people we talked too, there were some that were uninterested in the problem.
4. We are deciding on new how can we statements that fit our data.
5. Our high point was going out to the Wabash river and interacting the community that is around the river daily. A low point was that this week and next week are midterm weeks making this stressful.

2 years ago ·

Catherine Chung - Hello Julia + team!

Great to meet you all. Looking forward to supporting you all throughout your process!

Seems like you all went out to the river together with Team 1! What are some insights you all gained from your research and the interviews from going out to the Wabash river?

Those who are uninterested could be a possible obstacle or they could be an opportunity as well. It's still early to tell who your end user will be though! Getting stories from stakeholders is something that can always be revisited, so understanding the stories from both the uninterested and those who are in the brightspots (ideal cases where things are going extremely well - in this case, they may be the community members who are aware of the issue and are taking appropriate action to make the river clean) could be interesting. Linked a resource below that yall could look at. Agreed that the next steps are 1. defining measures of success and 2. creating How can we statements. I’ve included the resources below.

Let me know if I can clarify anything. Good luck with the midterms and have a great spring break!

2 years ago

Julia Hatfield - Many people are aware that the river is dirty, but do not actually know to what extent it is and are not sure the main cause of the pollution. Almost everyone we asked said that they would definitely spend more time by the river if it was more clean. We walked along the path of the river and noticed that there are not many trash cans around so there was trash laying on the ground everywhere.

2 years ago

Catherine Chung - Nice. Good findings. Definitely keep these insights central to the process!

2 years ago

Monica Chanda

1. What did we accomplish in the last week?
2. What will we accomplish in the next week?
3. What obstacles are impeding us from accomplishing our tasks?
4. What are the big decisions we are making right now?
5. What was a high point and low point of the week?

2 years ago ·

Monica Chanda joined the project

2 years ago ·

McKayla Barber joined the project

2 years ago ·

Julia Hatfield joined the project

2 years ago ·

Nicholas Macke joined the project

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