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Mon, 08/22/2016

When we saw this new story about the installation of hydration stations in 43 Philadelphia public schools, we were reminded of the Kensington International Business High School...

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Mon, 08/15/2016

This opportunity for young changemakers seems custom-made for the K-12 students we've worked with in DT Philly!  If any of you are seeking funds for your projects or for other ideas you have to improve your communities visit Youth Service...

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Mon, 07/25/2016

When better than the middle of a heat wave to consider the window air conditioner?  Even those who eagerly await the arrival of summer could do without the hassles of installing, living with, and storing traditional window units.  As it turns out, a local design...

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Tue, 06/07/2016

Compete 360 is proud to be among the many worthwhile community organizations receiving grants from this year's ShopRite LPGA Classic at the Stockton Seaview Golf Club.  Since 1992, ShopRite's partnership with the LPGA has raised $29 million for charity and supported initiatives addressing hunger...

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Wed, 05/25/2016

Two of this year's elementary school design teams at Hamilton Disston School chose to reimagine the school playground for their DT Philly projects, and a third team undertook to find ways to add color and kid-friendly images to the school walls.  The issues that were important to the students...

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Tue, 05/24/2016

Congratulations to our friends at Isaac A. Sheppard school on the reopening of their school library!  Independence Blue Cross and community group Latinos con Proposito came together to renovate the library, which had been closed for 15 years.

Thu, 04/21/2016

When discussing good and bad design with our students, we call their attention to everyday objects and ask them to consider how easy these objects are to use and how well they do or don't solve a problem.  TV remotes are one of our favorite examples of an object that can be difficult or ...

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Mon, 03/07/2016

We love it when our student designers have moments of discovery, and listening to students from Strawberry Mansion High School recently describe their "aha" moment put us in mind of an opinion piece that ran in the The New York Times earlier this year.  In it, the author writes about...

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Wed, 02/17/2016

Congratulations to Deana Vega, a 2015 DT Philly team member, on being selected to participate in the eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year contest.  A childhood cancer survivor, Deana and her elementary school reading teacher wrote a  children's...

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Wed, 02/03/2016

Many of our student design teams pursue projects related to school lunch, so we thought you might enjoy this op-ed from The New York Times titled "The Real Problem with School Lunch" which...

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DT Philly Updates

Mon, 07/25/2016

Last fall, a team of 7th graders at Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia pondered a challenge that affected them as individuals and that impacted their school climate:  “How might we reduce fighting in our classrooms and school in order to promote a more peaceful environment and give bullies or students in need a positive outlet?”  The solution the Tilden Design Team presented at the...

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Wed, 06/22/2016

One day after graduation, and one day before the school year ended, the three senior members of the Mastbaum Panther design team cut the ribbon on their DT Philly project and gift to the school...the Panther Store!  Going forward, students will have no excuse to be out of uniform or without basic school supplies, and they'll be able to pick these items up at a great price in a beautiful room...

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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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