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Mon, 09/17/2018

A wonderful group of  teachers took over the 3rd floor of the URBN Center at Drexel recently, completing design challenges that will help them teach their students how to solve problems creatively with design thinking.  This year's DT Philly participants hail from Abraham Lincoln High School,...

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Sat, 08/04/2018

What’s all the buzz about design thinking in education?  Find out with DT Philly--a program that introduces students and teachers to design thinking by guiding them through a project that interests them.  

DT Philly is used by teachers in all grade levels and disciplines, and with...

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Thu, 05/31/2018

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...

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Fri, 01/12/2018

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...

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Fri, 11/10/2017

We're now accepting applications for our kindergarten to 5th grade programs!  Welcome in 2018 and beat the winter doldrums with a creative and hands-on learning initiative for your students.  DT Philly is a free program...

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Thu, 11/02/2017

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...

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Mon, 10/16/2017

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...

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Tue, 08/15/2017

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...

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Sat, 06/10/2017

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...

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Tue, 03/14/2017

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...

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DT Philly Updates

Tue, 09/18/2018

When last we left the 8th-grade design teams from Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School who participated in DT Philly 2017-18, they were celebrating some classmates who had won the Designers' Choice Award for a project to help students arrive to class on time and ready to learn.  But they didn't celebrate long...instead, the six teams joined forces and worked together to try implementing four...

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Mon, 08/06/2018

The Mighty Morphin Power Designers of William C. Longstreth School were quick to spot an opportunity to make a difference in their school last year.  It all started when they noticed students had a hard time keeping track of the reward “money” earned through the school’s new PBIS (positive behavior interventions and supports) program.  After investing four months of time in research,...

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Wed, 07/25/2018

If students designed school seating, what would it look like? 

The Dynamic Developers of William C. Longstreth School identified a problem last year:  their classrooms were filled with different types of chairs (including broken and damaged chairs), which led to students complaining and wasting precious instructional time by trying to get a specific chair when they entered the classroom...

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Thu, 05/10/2018

You’re never too young to become an explorer and solver of problems…something our K-5 design teams prove every year.  So what challenges did they take on this year?  Bullying was the top concern of several teams, who took different approaches to finding a solution, from seeking stronger deterrents to getting parents involved, and from teaching students to speak up when they see bullying to...

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Fri, 02/16/2018

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...

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Wed, 01/31/2018

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...

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Tue, 01/02/2018

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...

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Wed, 12/20/2017

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...

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