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Sun, 09/25/2016

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...

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Mon, 09/19/2016

Compete 360 is seeking design professionals to volunteer as project advisors or occasional consultants for our high school and middle school design teams.  Help give our DT Philly teams the tools to succeed as they learn to use ...

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Thu, 09/08/2016

What images pop into your mind when you think of a school building?    This FastCo Design article highlights award-winning examples of educational architecture, including a Baltimore school...

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Mon, 08/22/2016

When we saw this new story about the installation of hydration stations in 43 Philadelphia public schools, we were reminded of the Kensington International Business High School...

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Mon, 08/15/2016

This opportunity for young changemakers seems custom-made for the K-12 students we've worked with in DT Philly!  If any of you are seeking funds for your projects or for other ideas you have to improve your communities visit Youth Service...

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Mon, 07/25/2016

When better than the middle of a heat wave to consider the window air conditioner?  Even those who eagerly await the arrival of summer could do without the hassles of installing, living with, and storing traditional window units.  As it turns out, a local design...

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Tue, 06/07/2016

Compete 360 is proud to be among the many worthwhile community organizations receiving grants from this year's ShopRite LPGA Classic at the Stockton Seaview Golf Club.  Since 1992, ShopRite's partnership with the LPGA has raised $29 million for charity and supported initiatives addressing hunger...

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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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DT Philly Updates

Fri, 08/18/2017

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...

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Fri, 08/04/2017

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...

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Fri, 07/28/2017

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.).  ...

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Sat, 07/15/2017

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...

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Mon, 06/12/2017

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...

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Fri, 04/21/2017

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...

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Tue, 03/14/2017

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...

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Wed, 02/15/2017

With only two weeks to go until our high school teams present their projects, we're pleased to recognize the We the Future design team at Abraham Lincoln High School as our final high school team of the month.  The five seniors who make up this team are students in the Health-Related Technology Academy at Lincoln and view themselves as leaders in their school and community.

The...

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