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