Compete 360 fosters a design thinking (DT) practice in city schools by training teachers and by facilitating student-led projects that address a problem in the classroom, school, or community. Compete 360 also hosts the DT Philly Challenge (grades 6-12) and the DT Philly Showcase (grades K-5), where students share their projects with professionals from the design and business communities.
Compete 360 is a 501(c)3 organization founded by Garry Maddox, a businessman and former Gold Glove centerfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies. Garry’s charity has been partnering with city schools to support the education and development of urban youth since 2000, and he believes design thinking promotes skills that are critical to success in the workplace and in higher education.
Compete 360's priority is to work with under-resourced public schools, helping students engage in inquiry-driven learning and helping teachers bring new practices to their classrooms. In DT Philly, students learn by working on a project to fix a problem that they care about. By taking a project from abstract idea to real life implementation students learn that they have the power and the tools to make changes in the world around them.