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Wed, 05/25/2016

Two of this year's elementary school design teams at Hamilton Disston School chose to reimagine the school playground for their DT Philly projects, and a third team undertook to find ways to add color and kid-friendly images to the school walls.  The issues that were important to the students...

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Tue, 05/24/2016

Congratulations to our friends at Isaac A. Sheppard school on the reopening of their school library!  Independence Blue Cross and community group Latinos con Proposito came together to renovate the library, which had been closed for 15 years.

Thu, 04/21/2016

When discussing good and bad design with our students, we call their attention to everyday objects and ask them to consider how easy these objects are to use and how well they do or don't solve a problem.  TV remotes are one of our favorite examples of an object that can be difficult or ...

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Mon, 03/07/2016

We love it when our student designers have moments of discovery, and listening to students from Strawberry Mansion High School recently describe their "aha" moment put us in mind of an opinion piece that ran in the The New York Times earlier this year.  In it, the author writes about...

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Wed, 02/17/2016

Congratulations to Deana Vega, a 2015 DT Philly team member, on being selected to participate in the eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year contest.  A childhood cancer survivor, Deana and her elementary school reading teacher wrote a  children's...

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Wed, 02/03/2016

Many of our student design teams pursue projects related to school lunch, so we thought you might enjoy this op-ed from The New York Times titled "The Real Problem with School Lunch" which...

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Mon, 02/01/2016

We were delighted to see a member of the Mastbaum design team honored by Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute.  Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos, a senior member of the school volleyball team, was recognized for her positive attitude and consideration for her teammates.  The award includes a $1,000 grant to be...

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Tue, 01/26/2016

Here's a source of inspiration for our DT Philly teams looking at school library and other school space issues:  the recently released plan from architecture firm  ...

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Mon, 01/25/2016

Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron recently shared her list of the best and worst designs completed during Mayor Nutter's tenure in office.  Drexel's Antoinette Westphal College of...

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Mon, 12/28/2015

What better way to kick off 2016 than by launching a new version of DT Philly for 3rd - 5th grade?  Join the fun by registering here (this program is free and open to Philadelphia public...

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DT Philly Updates

Thu, 11/17/2016

We at Compete 360 love it when our DT Philly teams check out the work their fellow student designers are doing at schools across the city and share their thoughts, comments, and questions.  It's a great way to learn, to be inspired, and to support one another.  We'd like to give a big shout out to the Bartram Wellness Warriors for their thoughtful and encouraging messages to so many of their...

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Tue, 11/15/2016

Watch out for the KCAPA Smartinis, who have earned the high school division’s “Team of the Month” honors!  This group of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School is exploring the problem of bullying in their school.  The team noticed that cyberbullying on social media is contributing to an increase in physical fights in their school this year.  The...

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Thu, 11/10/2016

The Disston Dreamers, a design team of six students, is moving full steam ahead on their DT Philly project and earned "Team of the Month" honors for their timely and thoughtful work!  These enthusiastic 6th graders are tackling the problem of book bag storage in their classrooms.  At Hamilton Disston School, a K-8 school in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, the students must carry their book...

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Sat, 11/05/2016

Our high school teams are off and running with their 2016-17 projects!  Newcomers John Bartram and Murrell Dobbins High Schools join returning participants Thomas A. Edison, Kensington, Kensington CAPA, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Jules E. Mastbaum, and Strawberry Mansion High Schools.  Many of the teams took advantage of the opportunity to start learning about design thinking...

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Thu, 10/13/2016

We're excited to welcome a great group of new and returning teachers to this year's 6th-8th grade division of DT Philly.  Our 2016-17 design teams hail from Chester A. Arthur School, Hamilton Disston School, Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, William C. Longstreth School, S. Weir Mitchell School, Shawmont School, William T. Tilden Middle School, and Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School...

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Tue, 09/06/2016

While the Advanced 5 design team at Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School was busy last spring bringing their DT Philly project to life by painting walls in teachers' rooms to improve the environment for students and staff, their teacher and a volunteer from City Year were hard at work on their own project:  creating a dedicated work space where groups like the design team can meet and be...

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Mon, 07/25/2016

Last fall, a team of 7th graders at Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia pondered a challenge that affected them as individuals and that impacted their school climate:  “How might we reduce fighting in our classrooms and school in order to promote a more peaceful environment and give bullies or students in need a positive outlet?”  The solution the Tilden Design Team presented at the...

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Wed, 06/22/2016

One day after graduation, and one day before the school year ended, the three senior members of the Mastbaum Panther design team cut the ribbon on their DT Philly project and gift to the school...the Panther Store!  Going forward, students will have no excuse to be out of uniform or without basic school supplies, and they'll be able to pick these items up at a great price in a beautiful room...

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