Talk of design thinking is everywhere these days…in business, but also in education where it is effective in promoting student engagement and connected learning by providing teachers and students with a framework to explore complex, real-world problems. We asked our students to explain what...Read More
Neither snow nor frigid temperatures kept our intrepid K-5 teachers from attending the Design Thinking Philadelphia training and program launch at Drexel University on January 6. We're grateful to Jon Coddington and Drexel University for hosting our event, and we're excited to welcome 14...Read More
Share your passion and encourage our city's young design thinkers by signing up to speak to a class of middle or high school students for Compete 360's first-ever Designers in Schools Week (November 27 to December 1)! Our teams are now several weeks into this year's DT Philly program and have...Read More
Fun was had by all on October 15 at the Garry Maddox - Drew Katz Celebrity Bowling Classic...Garry's 30th bowling fundraiser! 500 guests filled the 80-lane bowling alley and spent the afternoon knocking down pins, enjoying delicious food and drinks, and snapping pics with special guests Fred...Read More
Compete 360 is seeking partners in design—professionals and grad students in design disciplines who are willing to donate a few hours of their time to help us foster a design thinking practice in Philadelphia schools. There are many ways to join the fun and advance our mission of...Read More
Compete 360 was proud to be named a 2017 ShopRite grant recipient at last week's ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. A commited partner to community organizations throughout the mid-atlantic states, ShopRite treated its beneficiaries to lunch and an afternoon on the 18th green after...Read More
If you’re a teacher, student, or design mentor in DT Philly, then you probably recognize Jon Coddington, Professor of Architecture at Drexel University’s Department of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism. An advisor to and supporter of Compete 360, Jon has hosted teacher trainings and has served...Read More
DT Philly is pleased to welcome a great cohort of new and returning teachers to this year's K-5 programs. Participants from Carnell, Disston, Ellwood, Feltonville Intermediate, Fox Chase, Shawmont, and Sheppard joined us for recent trainings and orientations, impressing us with their creativity...Read More
DT Philly Updates
It wasn’t a winter snowstorm that forced the postponement of this year’s high school design team presentations but rather the Eagles' Super Bowl parade! We call that a good problem to have, but we also appreciate the flexibility shown by our participating schools, our judges, and our hosts at Citizens Bank Park in accommodating a quick change of date.
Seven student design teams...Read More
Citizens Bank Park hosted a celebration of creativity yesterday as our 6th-8th grade DT Philly teams gathered to share their work with each other and a jury of design professionals.
Over lunch, the judges heard from twelve teams on topics ranging from improving a school's recycling practices to supporting students who experience depression to designing a system to safely store and...Read More
Reward systems are a common strategy schools use to help teach positive behaviors and improve school climate. The arrival of a reward system at William C. Longstreth School this year—one in which students earn “Scholar Dollars” that can be redeemed for things like stickers, pencils, and small toys—came with an unanticipated frustration: students losing their reward “money,” or having it...Read More
We all know what it’s like to sit in an uncomfortable chair, but can you imagine sitting in a broken chair or a chair that doesn’t fit you all day long? This is the challenge an ambitious team of middle schoolers at William C. Longstreth School has decided to tackle for their DT Philly project.
The project began when the team noticed that students waste time at the beginning of class...Read More
It’s been 17 years since Philadelphia introduced a school uniform policy with the goal of focusing students’ attention on learning and limiting problems related to students’ attire. While those goals seem worthwhile, the policy has also created challenges in some schools—challenges which have become the focus of a DT Philly project at Thomas Alva Edison High School.
The Edison Owls, a...Read More
What an inspiring week it has been! Today concludes Compete 360’s first-ever Designers in Schools Week, where professional designers from the fields of architecture, graphic design, landscape architecture, product design, UX design, 3D modeling, and exhibit design visited our DT Philly teams. It was exciting to see how each of these professionals uses design thinking to solve challenges in...Read More
The weather may be getting cold but our DT Philly teams are heating up, and it’s time to recognize some of the great work they’re doing. Our first featured team this school year is Team ABC from Shawmont School. The middle school students on Team ABC have chosen to focus on the problem of bullying—a sensitive and critical issue affecting students of all ages.
The team’s goal is to...Read More
It was an exciting start to the school year for Design Thinking Philadelphia as we witnessed a shift in how teachers are using the program. Once employed primarily as an extracurricular activity, more teachers are now integrating DT Philly into the classroom as a tool to promote engaged learning and critical thinking. Participating teachers hail from all disciplines including core academic...Read More