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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, 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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Fri, 11/06/2015

In a school that's merging, there are lots of challenges that could become the focus of a DT Philly project.  The Smarticle Particles (sometimes known as Team Team) from Kensington International Business High School were in the midst of a lively conversation when we were joined by a surprise guest--Principal Lajara--who graciously took the time to field some questions from the students.  As we...

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Tue, 11/03/2015

We had fun visiting the Tilden Tigers last week and watching design thinking videos with them.  (Don’t forget you can access clickable links to these short DT videos by visiting the “Resource” section under your “My Account” page after you log in to the website.)  We also had a chance to catch up with the Tilden Design Team (TDT) and were impressed with their energy and enthusiasm as they...

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Thu, 10/29/2015

There's no one way to do things DT Philly style.  The Problem Solvers design team at Longstreth shared their process with us this week, and it includes keeping in touch and discussing individual and group work through the Kik messaging app.  They were even "kik"ing things around at 6:30 in the morning one day this week!  We also like the way they're sketching ideas as they go and empathizing...

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Mon, 10/26/2015

As part of their project start-up, the King Dynasty design team invited us for a visit to share what they're working on, ask us questions about DT Philly, and get a website tutorial.  If you haven't scheduled a visit yet, don't forget to call or email to set that up.  King Dynasty impressed us with their curiosity, enthusiasm, and teamwork, and we look forward to seeing what they choose for...

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Wed, 10/21/2015

We had fun yesterday visiting the talented team at Southwark and learning from them as they began crafting "how might we" statements around their possible design challenges.  A lot of consideration went into their work as they revisited the issues and revised their early takes on their design problem statements.  We agree with this student's assessment of the day:  "We did lots of thinking!"...

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