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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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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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DT Philly Updates

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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Mon, 02/06/2017

DT Philly's 6th-8th grade design teams have been busy since October, learning about design thinking, identifying problems, and crafting solutions.  We celebrated their creativity and hard work over lunch at Citizens Bank Park last week, after which students presented their projects to their peers and a panel of judges.  This year's presenters were:

  • The Lilac Lions of Shawmont...
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Tue, 01/03/2017

We can’t think of a better way to kick off 2017 than by recognizing the Free Thinkers design team at William C. Longstreth School as our 6th-8th grade team of the month.

When the students embarked on their DT Philly project in the fall, they invested time in identifying problems in their community and empathizing with fellow students.  During this time, they noticed their classmates...

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Fri, 12/09/2016

It feels like winter has finally arrived in the Philadelphia area, but that’s not stopping the Wellness Warriors Design Team at Bartram High School from dreaming of green…a green space, that is!  

The 9th grade students who make up the team have earned this month’s high school “team of the month” honors for their project exploring ways in which they might convert an unwelcoming outdoor...

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