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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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Tue, 01/26/2016

Here's a source of inspiration for our DT Philly teams looking at school library and other school space issues:  the recently released plan from architecture firm  ...

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Mon, 01/25/2016

Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron recently shared her list of the best and worst designs completed during Mayor Nutter's tenure in office.  Drexel's Antoinette Westphal College of...

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Mon, 12/28/2015

What better way to kick off 2016 than by launching a new version of DT Philly for 3rd - 5th grade?  Join the fun by registering here (this program is free and open to Philadelphia public...

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Mon, 11/23/2015

Improving the financial literacy of high school graduates was the subject of Penn Treaty's DT Philly project last year, and is often mentioned by our high school teams as a need in their school or community.  According to a recent survey, only 57% of U.S. citizens are financially literate (click...

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Wed, 11/18/2015

Don't miss your chance to learn tips and strategies from designer Eric Schneider that will help your team conduct effective research and brainstorming, and to learn from interim design reviews at Saturday's DT Philly project support meeting!  Staff and mentors will be on hand to answer all of...

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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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Tue, 03/14/2017

DT Philly’s high school teams convened at Citizens Bank Park to celebrate and share the work they’ve been pursuing since the program kicked off in October.  Featured projects included Mastbaum’s Panther Den initiative to help fellow students and staff by repurposing unused space in their school for a fitness center, Bartram’s Seeds of Change initiative to build community...

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Wed, 02/15/2017

With only two weeks to go until our high school teams present their projects, we're pleased to recognize the We the Future design team at Abraham Lincoln High School as our final high school team of the month.  The five seniors who make up this team are students in the Health-Related Technology Academy at Lincoln and view themselves as leaders in their school and community.

The...

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Mon, 02/06/2017

DT Philly's 6th-8th grade design teams have been busy since October, learning about design thinking, identifying problems, and crafting solutions.  We celebrated their creativity and hard work over lunch at Citizens Bank Park last week, after which students presented their projects to their peers and a panel of judges.  This year's presenters were:

  • The Lilac Lions of Shawmont...
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Tue, 01/03/2017

We can’t think of a better way to kick off 2017 than by recognizing the Free Thinkers design team at William C. Longstreth School as our 6th-8th grade team of the month.

When the students embarked on their DT Philly project in the fall, they invested time in identifying problems in their community and empathizing with fellow students.  During this time, they noticed their classmates...

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Fri, 12/09/2016

It feels like winter has finally arrived in the Philadelphia area, but that’s not stopping the Wellness Warriors Design Team at Bartram High School from dreaming of green…a green space, that is!  

The 9th grade students who make up the team have earned this month’s high school “team of the month” honors for their project exploring ways in which they might convert an unwelcoming outdoor...

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