Projects

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Ongoing

HCI Institute at CMU

How can we centralize and provide information about CMU research opportunities while making them discoverable?

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Ongoing

Footbridge for Families

How can we help Footbridge for Families receive more aid from the community?

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Ongoing

Hazelwood Initiative

How can we redesign the Hazelwood Initiative’s online prescence to suit the needs of their grant providers and residents?

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Ongoing

Wellness Collective

How can we shift people’s mindset away from a belief in their proximity to scarcity in order to support Mutual Aid?

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Spring 2021 - Spring 2022

Sustain CMU

Sustain CMU is a project addressing waste management issues on CMU's campus. Carnegie Mellon has given their on-campus dining options 100% compostable packaging and intends to start offering compost bins in on-campus housing, but thus far their efforts to encourage correct waste disposal among the students seem to be ineffective. We are trying to come up with a solution that will close the knowledge gap and/or incentivize students to dispose of their waste correctly.

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Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

CMU Dining Services

The CMU Dining Services team is looking to improve spatial design and wayfinding of the Marketplace to improve the experience for both students and dining staff.

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Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Operation Better Block

Mobilizing neighborhood by neighborhood, Operation Better Block (OBB) promotes community-centered improvements in Homewood, Pittsburgh through its Junior Green Corps, utility assistance, professional development workshops, and other services. At CMU DFA, we work hand in hand with OBB to solve problems surrounding youth engagement and resident communication. Currently, we are focused on restructuring OBB’s community engagement methods from in-person to digital ones to overcome challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we are improving resident engagement by redesigning OBB’s website with user-centered designs including interactive graphics and improving OBB’s social media presence.

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Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

YMCA Changemakers

How can we transform youth interested in creating impact into confident and community-centered changemakers?

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Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

412 Food Rescue

DFA worked with 412 Food Rescue to research how we can build a resilient system to that best supports those who are experiencing food apartheid. This project focused on developing 412 Food Rescue’s Cooking Education program that provides people in need with easy recipes and ingredients for daily meals.

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Spring 2016 - Spring 2021

Sentence Mosaics

Sentence Mosaics is a speech-language therapy app that simulates a color-tile foam board system to help students associate words with certain parts of speech and form sentences.

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Fall 2020

YMCA Changemakers

The goal of the YMCA Youth Changemakers project was to create program based solutions that can engage and empower youths to be changemakers in their community in both virtual and in-person spaces, introducing them to non-profit organizations that share their interests.

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Spring 2017

ReachOut

ReachOut is a mobile-web application for coordinating and communication between 5-6 different homeless outreach organizations. There are many organizations that support the homeless through outreach but there was little to no coordination between each organization. This resulted in individuals falling through the cracks and not getting the resources they needed.

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Spring 2017

Home(less)

Home(less) is an advocacy/service project dealing with homelessness in Pittsburgh. Every week, students would go to a local homeless shelter and make mugs with the residents.

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Spring 2016

Campus Confidence Culture

Campus Confidence Culture tried to understand what the causes of stress are and how measures can be taken to mitigate them. Through their research they had insight into the fact that stress is often caused through self-confidence issues. They developed a plan to encourage people to reach out to other people on campus who are struggling in an organic way and provide a continuous reminder that raises a student’s confidence without overwhelming them

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Spring 2016

Children's Downtime at Homeless Shelter

Children's Downtime at Homeless Shelter thought about how extracurriculars with friends and family that we often take for granted are important to development outside of school. These extra curriculars like sports and tutoring are things that homeless children might have less access to in shelters.

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Spring 2016

Homeless Employment Strategies

Homeless Employment Strategies began with the goal of increasing employment opportunities to homeless individuals. However, through their research they discovered that opportunities were not the problem; instead once individuals got a job it was hard for them to maintain the position and also use the money wisely. They then looked at ways to help homeless individuals manage their money as well as provide accountability to incentivize them to save.

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Spring 2016

Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence

Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence looked at how to get victims of relationship violence and rape to take the first step and utilize the resources that are currently offered to help them.

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Spring 2016

Street Medicine Prescription DB

Street Medicine Prescription DB worked towards improving healthcare for homeless individuals by making it easier for organizations to prescribe medicine to the homeless while they’re on the streets through building a prescription database for management.

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Spring 2016

Window Sealing Energy Initiative

Window Sealing Energy Initiative looked within the problem of environmental sustainability at the specific issue of heat loss and energy loss due to radiation that flows through windows. They worked on developing a mask to put over the window to limit the effects of radiation on the temperature inside of the building so that electricity is not wasted to maintain the temperature.

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Spring 2016

Homeless Liason Management

Under the Mkcinney Vento act, each school district must have a homeless student liaison to manage the homeless children in the district. This often becomes unmanageable because of the number of homeless students. Homeless Liason Management looked to see how it can help the liaison manage this task.

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Spring 2016

General Children's Education

General Children's Education gave young kids more exposure to a variety of different fields through programs that were inspired by "Hour of Code."