If you're interested, here's a link to one of the Harvard Business Review articles on design thinking that Garry referenced at training! https://hbr.org/2015/09/design-thinking-comes-of-age
We're seeking a few good architects, engineers, designers, inventors, and innovators to help 6th-12th grade students as they learn to solve problems creatively with DT Philly 3.0! Learn more here.
The Celebrity Bowling Classic returns on Sunday, August 2, at South Bowl, Philly's newest bowling and party venue! Former Phillies slugger Greg Luzinski--pictured here with one of our DT Philly teams--will be there to support Garry's and Drew's charity fundraiser. For more information, visit...Read More
A big thank you to all of the teachers who responded to our survey on collaboration. Here we are organizing our findings!
Two of the great teachers who participated in DT Philly this year were recently honored with Lindback Awards for distinguished teaching. Congratulations to Stacie Johnson of the Promise Academy at MLK High School and Denise Magasich of Kensington International Business, Finance and...Read More
Principals at two of our school partners were honored today with the Lindback Foundation's distinguished principal award! Congratulations to Robin Cooper of William C. Longstreth School and William Wade of the Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School. Read more at The Notebook...Read More
Our student design teams appreciated the thoughtful questions and feedback from the great team of judges who took time from their busy schedules to attend the middle school DT Philly Challenge presentations. Many thanks to Debora Borges-Carrera, Doug Carney, Margaret Carney, and Brian Smith for...Read More
DT Philly Updates
A team of middle school students at William C. Longstreth School in southwest Philadelphia took on a challenging and complex design project this year: how to give students, as consumers of education, a voice in what transpires in their classrooms. Of particular interest to the students was giving teachers feedback to help them better understand and respond to student concerns and needs. The...Read More
During DT Philly 2014-15, three students at S. Weir Mitchell School in southwest Philadelphia explored bullying and behavior problems in their school and proposed the development of a "quiet room"--a peaceful space to help students relax and deal with stress. With the help of Doug Carney, senior vice president at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the students' idea is becoming reality...Read More
The HCT Rugrats design team from Abraham Lincoln High School has advanced to the final round of screening for a Youthadelphia grant! This week, members of the design team had the opportunity to meet with Youthadelphia representatives and discuss their proposed "Partners in Success" peer support program for teen mothers and students who miss a significant amount of school due to illness. The...Read More
The Mastbaum Panthers design team is hard at work making their DT Philly project a reality. With the support of team mentor Andrew Ferrarelli, Mastbaum staff members Chris Yancey and Karen Dignetti, and Philadelphia Academies, Inc.'s Jon Jacobs, the students are transforming a vacant classroom into a new school store called the Panther Shop. The design team members--all seniors--are working ...Read More
DT Philly is pleased to welcome our latest cohort of innovative educators--teachers from Laura H. Carnell School and Fox Chase Elementary School--to our brand new design thinking initiative for grades K-2. We launched the program on Saturday, April 2, with the help of Professor Jon Coddington at Drexel University and designers Porsche Jackson and Brian Lieb. Our newest students will spend...Read More
Our student designers know that brainstorming is fun (let your imagination fly!) but it's also hard work to bring new ideas to existing situations. It can help to break your big design problem down into smaller chunks to focus your brainstorming, and here's a great example of how one of our teams did just that. While researching their design challenge--How might we create a...Read More
The Seven Sheppard Dynamic Designers (S2D2) unveiled their rapid prototypes addressing the following design challenge: How might we improve the way we dispose of leftovers after breakfast and lunch at Sheppard School in order to keep the school cleaner, save time for students and teachers, and help the cafeteria and custodial staff? The 4th grade designers not only considered...Read More