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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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Tue, 05/24/2016

Congratulations to our friends at Isaac A. Sheppard school on the reopening of their school library!  Independence Blue Cross and community group Latinos con Proposito came together to renovate the library, which had been closed for 15 years.

Thu, 04/21/2016

When discussing good and bad design with our students, we call their attention to everyday objects and ask them to consider how easy these objects are to use and how well they do or don't solve a problem.  TV remotes are one of our favorite examples of an object that can be difficult or ...

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Mon, 03/07/2016

We love it when our student designers have moments of discovery, and listening to students from Strawberry Mansion High School recently describe their "aha" moment put us in mind of an opinion piece that ran in the The New York Times earlier this year.  In it, the author writes about...

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Wed, 02/17/2016

Congratulations to Deana Vega, a 2015 DT Philly team member, on being selected to participate in the eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year contest.  A childhood cancer survivor, Deana and her elementary school reading teacher wrote a  children's...

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Wed, 02/03/2016

Many of our student design teams pursue projects related to school lunch, so we thought you might enjoy this op-ed from The New York Times titled "The Real Problem with School Lunch" which...

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Mon, 02/01/2016

We were delighted to see a member of the Mastbaum design team honored by Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute.  Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos, a senior member of the school volleyball team, was recognized for her positive attitude and consideration for her teammates.  The award includes a $1,000 grant to be...

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DT Philly Updates

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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Fri, 07/28/2017

In need of a little inspiration?  Look no further than this impressive project undertaken by the Free Thinkers design team at  William C. Longstreth School.  Under the guidance of their teacher, Mr. Rocco, this team of 8th graders explored the reasons students are uncomfortable at their desks and the resulting behavior (tilting desks and chairs, fidgeting, finding excuses to get up, etc.).  ...

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Sat, 07/15/2017

What problems do you see every day?  At Sheppard Elementary School, a team of creative 3rd and 4th graders noticed that bullying is a persistent problem among their peers, and they decided to see what they could do about it.

Sheppard is fortunate to have a Playworks coach to assist with recess as well as teachers who talk to students about bullying, but the team noticed that kids still...

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Mon, 06/12/2017

What gets you going in the morning?  For a group of 4th graders at Laura H. Carnell School, it was coming to school extra early two days a week to work with their teacher, Erin Richardson, on a DT Philly project.

The nine students, who called themselves the Diary of Design Thinkers, were eager to tackle a problem they encountered every day—their lunchroom experience.  They began by...

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Fri, 04/21/2017

People often ask us what kinds of design thinking projects our youngest students take on.  The Dragonflies Design Team of Hamilton Disston School, made up of five kindergartners and their teacher, Mrs. Tobin, had no trouble identifying problems that could become a DT Philly project.  The challenges they considered included school equipment that is falling apart or not working, unkind behavior...

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