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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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Mon, 11/02/2015

On Saturday, November 7, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University is hosting a free Philadelphia Architecture and Design Fair for high school and college students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in...

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Wed, 10/28/2015

Design thinking comes to NASA!  Check out this interesting article from Core77 about how designers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using DT to support their mission formulation work:  http://www.core77.com/...

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Mon, 10/26/2015

At DT Philly, we see students contemplating and empathizing with the needs of different segments of the community, including the elderly, which is why a recent article in The Wall Street Journal ...

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Tue, 11/15/2016

Watch out for the KCAPA Smartinis, who have earned the high school division’s “Team of the Month” honors!  This group of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School is exploring the problem of bullying in their school.  The team noticed that cyberbullying on social media is contributing to an increase in physical fights in their school this year.  The...

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Thu, 11/10/2016

The Disston Dreamers, a design team of six students, is moving full steam ahead on their DT Philly project and earned "Team of the Month" honors for their timely and thoughtful work!  These enthusiastic 6th graders are tackling the problem of book bag storage in their classrooms.  At Hamilton Disston School, a K-8 school in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, the students must carry their book...

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Sat, 11/05/2016

Our high school teams are off and running with their 2016-17 projects!  Newcomers John Bartram and Murrell Dobbins High Schools join returning participants Thomas A. Edison, Kensington, Kensington CAPA, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Jules E. Mastbaum, and Strawberry Mansion High Schools.  Many of the teams took advantage of the opportunity to start learning about design thinking...

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Thu, 10/13/2016

We're excited to welcome a great group of new and returning teachers to this year's 6th-8th grade division of DT Philly.  Our 2016-17 design teams hail from Chester A. Arthur School, Hamilton Disston School, Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, William C. Longstreth School, S. Weir Mitchell School, Shawmont School, William T. Tilden Middle School, and Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School...

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Tue, 09/06/2016

While the Advanced 5 design team at Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School was busy last spring bringing their DT Philly project to life by painting walls in teachers' rooms to improve the environment for students and staff, their teacher and a volunteer from City Year were hard at work on their own project:  creating a dedicated work space where groups like the design team can meet and be...

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Mon, 07/25/2016

Last fall, a team of 7th graders at Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia pondered a challenge that affected them as individuals and that impacted their school climate:  “How might we reduce fighting in our classrooms and school in order to promote a more peaceful environment and give bullies or students in need a positive outlet?”  The solution the Tilden Design Team presented at the...

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Wed, 06/22/2016

One day after graduation, and one day before the school year ended, the three senior members of the Mastbaum Panther design team cut the ribbon on their DT Philly project and gift to the school...the Panther Store!  Going forward, students will have no excuse to be out of uniform or without basic school supplies, and they'll be able to pick these items up at a great price in a beautiful room...

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Tue, 06/14/2016

Students and teachers in kindergarten, first, and second grade spent the last two months of the school year gearing up instead of winding down by helping us pilot our first-ever K-2 DT Philly program.  Teams applied their problem-solving skills to challenges such as how to make erasing and eraser sharing fun and easy, how to ensure privacy in school bathrooms, and how to keep school...

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