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Thu, 12/04/2014

The students at Kensington International Business High School added a little sparkle to our day while demonstrating that they've learned an important, and sometimes overlooked, part of professional etiquette!

Wed, 11/26/2014

Just what is that warning light on your dashboard telling you?  Here’s Why The Check Engine Light Is A Horrible, Terrible Thing:  ...

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Mon, 11/24/2014

"Working by hand, psychological studies have found, is better for unlocking designers' originality, expands their working memory, and strengthens their tactile sense.  A sketchpad is an 'intelligence amplifier,' says Nigel Cross, a design professor at the Open University in the U.K."  ...

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Tue, 11/18/2014

Numerous organizations work hard to address the challenge of easing hunger while reducing food waste, but check out the great story in today's Inquirer about what the Drexel Food Lab is doing to address hunger and reduce food waste in appetizing ways using less-than-appetizing...

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Thu, 11/13/2014

It's official...the Garry Maddox - Drew Katz Celebrity Bowling Classic returns on Sunday, August 2, 2015!  This event benefits Compete 360 and The Drew A. Katz Foundation.  Stay tuned for details.

Tue, 11/11/2014

Thanks for the photos Grill Gurus!  Our Grand Champion from this year's Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox BBQ Challenge  enjoyed their prize (a trip to the World Series), taking in Game 5 in San Francisco.  It looks like the weather was great, and we know the game was exciting (at least for Giants fans...

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Wed, 11/05/2014

Tempted to skip a few steps in your design process?  Read this commentary from Braden Kowitz on how user research and testing fuel great design:  http://www.gv.com/lib/what-fuels-great-design-and-why-most-...

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Wed, 10/22/2014

It's not too late to join DT Philly 2014-15...we're looking for a few good design professionals--architects, engineers, makers,...

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Wed, 10/22/2014

Where will design and design-based thinking take us next?  If you missed it, here’s an interesting reflection on the evolution of design:  ...

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Wed, 10/22/2014

Remember what a great day we had at Citizens Bank Park on August 9 for our annual charity fundraiser, the Stephen Starr – Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge?  The Grill Gurus do as they collect their grand champion prize and head off to see the World Series in San Francisco!  

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DT Philly Updates

Wed, 01/27/2016

Our student design teams are recognizing the work of their peers by creating their own awards and bestowing them on a deserving team!  The Problem Solvers of William C. Longstreth School would like to grant the Black Dragons of Strawberry Mansion High School the Outside the Box trophy for creative thinking in tackling an important community problem for the DT Philly Challenge.  Their...

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Thu, 01/21/2016

Our 6th-8th grade teams are hard at work getting ready for their presentations on January 29.   Congratulations to Shawmont and Southwark for submitting final essays today, and congratulations to Southwark's Designer Dragons for being the first team to earn ALL of their puzzle pieces by completing their deliverables for every stage of their project work!   We're also delighted that the Problem...

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Wed, 01/20/2016

There's nothing like taking a walk in someone else's shoes to develop empathy!  The Little Einsteins from the Laura H. Carnell School opened up their empathy kit today and donned the special goggles we included to see how everyday activities become more difficult for people with impaired vision.  Here's some of what they had to say:  

"This activity was hard but fun. I learned how...

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Tue, 01/12/2016

We're excited to welcome 12 new teachers to DT Philly this week, and we'd like to thank the following schools for piloting our 3rd - 5th grade program with us:  Laura H. Carnell, Hamilton Disston, Feltonville Intermediate, Isaac A. Sheppard, and Grover Washington, Jr.  Check back in the weeks to come to see what these creative teachers and students will do!

Wed, 12/23/2015

The Designer Dragons of Southwark School took advantage of the "DT Phillys" bonus opportunity to design and award their own badge recognizing the work of a fellow team of student designers.  Congratulations to the Advanced 5 of Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School on receiving the Rainbow/Color Award for their recognition of the important role color plays in the design of school...

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Wed, 11/25/2015

Here at DT Philly we are thankful for the wonderful architects, designers, and engineers who are volunteering their time to mentor our school design teams.  Last week we were visiting the Lincoln team when they first connected with their mentor and learned about some of the incredible projects (like the Orion spacecraft) he works on, and we had the opportunity recently to introduce the...

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Wed, 11/18/2015

As students on the Motivation High School design team discussed their project research plan, the conversation touched upon the challenging topic of how to encourage and sustain behavior change as well as the effects of negative consequences and positive incentives.   "The problem is you try to run up the whole staircase at once and you end up dropping it," said one student, explaining why so...

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Fri, 11/13/2015

A lively discussion took place at KCAPA this week as members of the design team grappled with questions of project scope as well as what is feasible and desirable.  According to our friend Joe, a sustainable design practitioner who helped us with a DT project this summer, it's a good sign if you're arguing because you know you're making progress.  By the end of the day, the team had identified...

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