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Mon, 02/06/2017

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...

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Fri, 11/04/2016

On December 4 we'll be dusting off our bowling shoes and having a ball at our annual Garry Maddox - Drew Katz Bowling Classic!  This event is the primary fundraising vehicle for Compete 360--supporting the K-12 programming we offer throughout the...

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Sun, 09/25/2016

Exciting things are taking place at Chester A. Arthur School, where the development of a brand new STEAM-oriented schoolyard is underway.  Read more about this unique outdoor learning environment...

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Mon, 09/19/2016

Compete 360 is seeking design professionals to volunteer as project advisors or occasional consultants for our high school and middle school design teams.  Help give our DT Philly teams the tools to succeed as they learn to use ...

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Thu, 09/08/2016

What images pop into your mind when you think of a school building?    This FastCo Design article highlights award-winning examples of educational architecture, including a Baltimore school...

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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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DT Philly Updates

Tue, 12/05/2017

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...

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Fri, 12/01/2017

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...

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Fri, 11/10/2017

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...

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Fri, 10/06/2017

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...

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Fri, 09/15/2017

A team of sixth graders took first place in the middle school division of DT Philly 2016-17 for their inventiveness and hard work in designing a solution for backpack and coat storage in classrooms at Hamilton Disston School in the Tacony section of Philadelphia.

Their design project started with a problem:  6th to 8th graders don’t have lockers, so they have to carry their backpacks...

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Mon, 09/04/2017

The Wellness Warriors design team at Bartram High School was dreaming big last year when they decided to address their peers’ desire to have a fun, green space where educational and cultural activities could take place.  The more people they spoke with, the more potential users they discovered…including younger students from nearby schools, and members of the surrounding community.  As the...

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Fri, 08/18/2017

Many DT Philly teams tell us that distractions to learning are a problem in their schools.  The Striped Lions—a team of 5th graders at Laura H. Carnell School—impressed us by exploring systemic as well as behavioral factors when they tackled this problem for their 2017 DT Philly project.

The team asked, “How might we prevent students from running in the halls on the 3rd floor at Laura H...

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Fri, 08/04/2017

A change of scenery can do a person good, and Team Minerva of Shawmont School started thinking big after they chose to explore ways to make their learning environment more engaging and diverse. The team noticed that students tend to participate less in class and lose focus later in the school day, especially if they don't get recess.  They also noticed that their school has a lot of outdoor...

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