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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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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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DT Philly Updates

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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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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