Compete 360 is seeking partners in design—professionals and grad students in design disciplines who are willing to donate a few hours of their time to help us foster a design thinking practice in Philadelphia schools. There are many ways to join the fun and advance our mission of...Read More
Compete 360 was proud to be named a 2017 ShopRite grant recipient at last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. A commited partner to community organizations throughout the mid-atlantic states, ShopRite treated its beneficiaries to lunch and an afternoon on the 18th green after...Read More
If you’re a teacher, student, or design mentor in DT Philly, then you probably recognize Jon Coddington, Professor of Architecture at Drexel University’s Department of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism. An advisor to and supporter of Compete 360, Jon has hosted teacher trainings and has served...Read More
DT Philly is pleased to welcome a great cohort of new and returning teachers to this year's K-5 programs. Participants from Carnell, Disston, Ellwood, Feltonville Intermediate, Fox Chase, Shawmont, and Sheppard joined us for recent trainings and orientations, impressing us with their creativity...Read More
Exciting things are taking place at Chester A. Arthur School, where the development of a brand new STEAM-oriented schoolyard is underway. Read more about this unique outdoor learning environment...Read More
DT Philly Updates
The Wellness Warriors design team at Bartram High School was dreaming big last year when they decided to address their peers’ desire to have a fun, green space where educational and cultural activities could take place. The more people they spoke with, the more potential users they discovered…including younger students from nearby schools, and members of the surrounding community. As the...Read More
Many DT Philly teams tell us that distractions to learning are a problem in their schools. The Striped Lions—a team of 5th graders at Laura H. Carnell School—impressed us by exploring systemic as well as behavioral factors when they tackled this problem for their 2017 DT Philly project.
The team asked, “How might we prevent students from running in the halls on the 3rd floor at Laura H...Read More
A change of scenery can do a person good, and Team Minerva of Shawmont School started thinking big after they chose to explore ways to make their learning environment more engaging and diverse. The team noticed that students tend to participate less in class and lose focus later in the school day, especially if they don't get recess. They also noticed that their school has a lot of outdoor...Read More
In need of a little inspiration? Look no further than this impressive project undertaken by the Free Thinkers design team at William C. Longstreth School. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mr. Rocco, this team of 8th graders explored the reasons students are uncomfortable at their desks and the resulting behavior (tilting desks and chairs, fidgeting, finding excuses to get up, etc.). ...Read More
What problems do you see every day? At Sheppard Elementary School, a team of creative 3rd and 4th graders noticed that bullying is a persistent problem among their peers, and they decided to see what they could do about it.
Sheppard is fortunate to have a Playworks coach to assist with recess as well as teachers who talk to students about bullying, but the team noticed that kids still...Read More
What gets you going in the morning? For a group of 4th graders at Laura H. Carnell School, it was coming to school extra early two days a week to work with their teacher, Erin Richardson, on a DT Philly project.
The nine students, who called themselves the Diary of Design Thinkers, were eager to tackle a problem they encountered every day—their lunchroom experience. They began by...Read More
People often ask us what kinds of design thinking projects our youngest students take on. The Dragonflies Design Team of Hamilton Disston School, made up of five kindergartners and their teacher, Mrs. Tobin, had no trouble identifying problems that could become a DT Philly project. The challenges they considered included school equipment that is falling apart or not working, unkind behavior...Read More
DT Philly’s high school teams convened at Citizens Bank Park to celebrate and share the work they’ve been pursuing since the program kicked off in October. Featured projects included Mastbaum’s Panther Den initiative to help fellow students and staff by repurposing unused space in their school for a fitness center, Bartram’s Seeds of Change initiative to build community...Read More