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 through a mobile activity cart, Kensington’s cell phone locker initiative that would allow students to have their phones on their way to and from school while complying with school policy that prohibits access to cell phones during the day, and Lincoln’s Just Between You and Me initiative to promote condom use and educate students about issues surrounding STDs and teen pregnancy.
There to evaluate and provide feedback on the students’ work were Stacey Boston, Workplace Consultant for Steelcase; Kent Doss, Principal and Regional Vice President at Array Architects; Joshua Katz, Studio Director and Principal at Gensler; and Martin Mrugal, Chief Innovation Officer at SAP.
The teams impressed the jury with their willingness to tackle challenging issues in their schools, their collaborations with their professional design mentors, their empathic approaches to their challenges, and their prototypes, which included virtual 3D models of the cell phone locker and a programmable condom dispenser. At the end of the day, the jury awarded first place to the team from Lincoln High School, second place to the team from Bartram High School, and third place to the team from Kensington High School. The students themselves voted to give the Designers’ Choice Award to their peers on the Lincoln design team.
Compete 360 thanks the Phillies and Aramark for hosting the event, the members of the jury for sharing their time and expertise with our students, City Year for their assistance on presentation day, and our DT Philly volunteers for mentoring the teams and for their help with the presentations.