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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
DT Philly Updates
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More