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Mon, 11/23/2015

Improving the financial literacy of high school graduates was the subject of Penn Treaty's DT Philly project last year, and is often mentioned by our high school teams as a need in their school or community.  According to a recent survey, only 57% of U.S. citizens are financially literate (click...

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Wed, 11/18/2015

Don't miss your chance to learn tips and strategies from designer Eric Schneider that will help your team conduct effective research and brainstorming, and to learn from interim design reviews at Saturday's DT Philly project support meeting!  Staff and mentors will be on hand to answer all of...

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Mon, 11/02/2015

On Saturday, November 7, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University is hosting a free Philadelphia Architecture and Design Fair for high school and college students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in...

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Wed, 10/28/2015

Design thinking comes to NASA!  Check out this interesting article from Core77 about how designers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using DT to support their mission formulation work:  http://www.core77.com/...

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Mon, 10/26/2015

At DT Philly, we see students contemplating and empathizing with the needs of different segments of the community, including the elderly, which is why a recent article in The Wall Street Journal ...

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Mon, 10/12/2015

If you're interested, here's a link to one of the Harvard Business Review articles on design thinking that Garry referenced at training!  https://hbr.org/2015/09/design-thinking-comes-of-age

Mon, 09/28/2015

We're seeking a few good architects, engineers, designers, inventors, and innovators to help 6th-12th grade students as they learn to solve problems creatively with DT Philly 3.0!  Learn more here.

Fri, 09/04/2015

In an editorial yesterday, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged schools, government, and businesses to embrace learning models that prepare students for...

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Fri, 08/07/2015

How will you change your world?  DT Philly is now accepting applications for school teams!  Don't miss the fun...high school, middle school, and elementary school registration is open at: 
http://compete360....

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Thu, 07/02/2015

The Celebrity Bowling Classic returns on Sunday, August 2, at South Bowl, Philly's newest bowling and party venue!   Former Phillies slugger Greg Luzinski--pictured here with one of our DT Philly teams--will be there to support Garry's and Drew's charity fundraiser.  For more information, visit...

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Tue, 06/14/2016

Students and teachers in kindergarten, first, and second grade spent the last two months of the school year gearing up instead of winding down by helping us pilot our first-ever K-2 DT Philly program.  Teams applied their problem-solving skills to challenges such as how to make erasing and eraser sharing fun and easy, how to ensure privacy in school bathrooms, and how to keep school...

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Thu, 06/02/2016

A team of middle school students at William C. Longstreth School in southwest Philadelphia took on a challenging and complex design project this year:  how to give students, as consumers of education, a voice in what transpires in their classrooms.  Of particular interest to the students was giving teachers feedback to help them better understand and respond to student concerns and needs.  The...

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Wed, 05/25/2016

During DT Philly 2014-15, three students at S. Weir Mitchell School in southwest Philadelphia explored bullying and behavior problems in their school and proposed the development of a "quiet room"--a peaceful space to help students relax and deal with stress.  With the help of Doug Carney, senior vice president at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the students' idea is becoming reality...

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Fri, 05/20/2016

The HCT Rugrats design team from Abraham Lincoln High School has advanced to the final round of screening for a Youthadelphia grant!  This week, members of the design team had the opportunity to meet with Youthadelphia representatives and discuss their proposed "Partners in Success" peer support program for teen mothers and students who miss a significant amount of school due to illness.  The...

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Mon, 04/25/2016

Our 3rd - 5th grade design teams spent the late winter and early spring exploring challenges in their schools and coming up with creative ways to address unmet needs.  This presentation shares their work, which impressed and inspired the two design panels that convened to review...

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Thu, 04/21/2016

The Mastbaum Panthers design team is hard at work making their DT Philly project a reality.  With the support of team mentor Andrew Ferrarelli, Mastbaum staff members Chris Yancey and Karen Dignetti, and Philadelphia Academies, Inc.'s Jon Jacobs, the students are transforming a vacant classroom into a new school store called the Panther Shop.  The design team members--all seniors--are working ...

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Mon, 04/04/2016

DT Philly is pleased to welcome our latest cohort of innovative educators--teachers from Laura H. Carnell School and Fox Chase Elementary School--to our brand new design thinking initiative for grades K-2.  We launched the program on Saturday, April 2, with the help of Professor Jon Coddington at Drexel University and designers Porsche Jackson and Brian Lieb.  Our newest students will spend...

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Mon, 03/14/2016

Our student designers know that brainstorming is fun (let your imagination fly!) but it's also hard work to bring new ideas to existing situations.  It can help to break your big design problem down into smaller chunks to focus your brainstorming, and here's a great example of how one of our teams did just that.  While researching their design challenge--How might we create a...

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