Friends and sponsors had a ball at this year’s Garry Maddox – Drew Katz Celebrity Bowling Classic, knocking down pins for a chance to win a trip to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, snapping pictures with celebrity guests, and enjoying delicious food...Read More
Twenty members of DT Philly teams received an unexpected surprise courtesy of Chef Vince Viola this week—a 20 pound holiday turkey! The turkeys were distributed by drawing to members of teams that had turned in at least 70 percent of their deliverables and had completed at least two of the...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
June 8 was a day for inspiring stories as ShopRite hosted its annual charity luncheon at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and distributed grants totaling $1.4 million. The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer takes place at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway, New Jersey and showcases some of...Read More
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
DT Philly Updates
The excitement was palpable at the Wells Fargo Center on February 6 when 35 teams from DT Philly’s high school, middle school, and elementary school divisions gathered to share their projects and celebrate their accomplishments at the Design Thinking Philadelphia Showcase.
Teams have been working since the fall to identify...Read More
DT Philly students rolled up their sleeves and embraced hands-on learning last week during our first ever Prototyping Skills Week. Coming just as students enter the final phases of their design thinking projects, the workshops provided a refresher on how to use rapid prototyping to explore questions of form and function while bringing an idea to life.
Under the expert guidance of...Read More
Love was in the air the week of October 22 when our second annual Designers-in-School Week paired DT Philly teams with design professionals who are passionate about the work they do in fields like architecture, product design, UX design, and more.
The visiting designers talked about their favorite projects (and tv shows), career paths, inspiration, and the importance of empathy and user...Read More
The Tilden Tigers’ DT Philly project began simply enough, with an observation that trash and littering was a problem in classrooms and other spaces at their school. Digging deeper—literally—the team analyzed what was piling up in and spilling out of the school trash receptacles and in so doing realized that a great deal of waste could be diverted if students and staff were knowledgeable about...Read More
When last we left the 8th-grade design teams from Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School, they were celebrating classmates who had won the Designers' Choice Award for a project to help students arrive to class on time and ready to learn. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the six teams in Gina Griffith’s classroom went back to school and quickly got down to business figuring out how they could...Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More