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Tue, 02/24/2015

DT Philly teams have been having a good laugh while they gear up for the brainstorming and prototyping phases of their design projects by playing a pictorial version of whisper down the lane.  It's a great way to practice visual thinking skills!

Thu, 02/12/2015

Remember the shopping cart video we shared with you from Nightline?  Click here for part 2...inspiration for your ideation and prototyping work.  We might borrow the umbrella idea for our office!

Thu, 01/22/2015

The forecast may be calling for snow, but we're thinking of barbecue!  On Saturday, August 1, 2015 the Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge returns to Citizens Bank Park.  Mark your calendars now and come hungry...to win or to chow down!  Follow...

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Thu, 01/22/2015

The team from Longstreth School didn't waste any time embracing prototyping and testing as they tried out both flag-themed and mascot-themed designs before finalizing their logo.  The winner?  The T.A.S.K. Tater.

Mon, 01/12/2015

If this building looks familiar to any of our middle school teams, it's because one of the badges you can earn for your DT Philly work recognizes this building and its architects!  Located at 3205 Walnut Street, UPenn's Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology was just named one of 23...

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Tue, 01/06/2015

What better way to kick off the new year than with a new program?  On Saturday we launch our middle school pilot program and welcome our newest partners:  Chester A. Arthur School, Francis Scott Key School, William C. Longstreth School, Mitchell School, and Southwark School!  

Thu, 12/18/2014

Since a few of our DT Philly teams have identified design challenges in the takeout beverage industry, we thought you’d enjoy this story published in Monday’s Inquirer about a Drexel student’s invention: ...

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Thu, 12/04/2014

The students at Kensington International Business High School added a little sparkle to our day while demonstrating that they've learned an important, and sometimes overlooked, part of professional etiquette!

Wed, 11/26/2014

Just what is that warning light on your dashboard telling you?  Here’s Why The Check Engine Light Is A Horrible, Terrible Thing:  ...

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Mon, 11/24/2014

"Working by hand, psychological studies have found, is better for unlocking designers' originality, expands their working memory, and strengthens their tactile sense.  A sketchpad is an 'intelligence amplifier,' says Nigel Cross, a design professor at the Open University in the U.K."  ...

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DT Philly Updates

Thu, 02/04/2016

With just over three weeks to go until our high school designers present their projects at Citizens Bank Park, teams are busy sketching concepts and modeling ideas.   We're impressed with how the students are empathizing with their users as they work on challenges ranging from improving communication and building a sense of community in schools, to supporting vulnerable students and promoting...

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Tue, 02/02/2016

The Smarticle Particles design team at Kensington Business High School is recognizing the work of a fellow design team by creating and awarding their own badges!  Here's what the Smarticle Particles want to say to their colleagues at Martin Luther King High School:  

  • "This badge is for King Dynasty because of their "How Might We" response. They talked about a problem with cell...
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Mon, 02/01/2016

We could not be more proud of the student designers who presented their projects at the DT Philly Challenge (6th-8th Grade) at Citizens Bank Park on Friday!  All of the teams demonstrated great empathy in their design work,  represented their schools and their projects well, and were supportive of one another's efforts.  Congratulations one and all!  (For a list of projects presented, click...

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Thu, 01/28/2016

The student designers of Chester A. Arthur School's Wildcats design team would like to give a shout out to Southwark's Designer Dragons and bestow upon them the Southwark-aholics Award!  The award comes with this message from the Wildcats:  "We present this award to the Southwark School because we think that this is a very strong school that has won first place last year and has a very strong...

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Wed, 01/27/2016

Our student design teams are recognizing the work of their peers by creating their own awards and bestowing them on a deserving team!  The Problem Solvers of William C. Longstreth School would like to grant the Black Dragons of Strawberry Mansion High School the Outside the Box trophy for creative thinking in tackling an important community problem for the DT Philly Challenge.  Their...

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Thu, 01/21/2016

Our 6th-8th grade teams are hard at work getting ready for their presentations on January 29.   Congratulations to Shawmont and Southwark for submitting final essays today, and congratulations to Southwark's Designer Dragons for being the first team to earn ALL of their puzzle pieces by completing their deliverables for every stage of their project work!   We're also delighted that the Problem...

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Wed, 01/20/2016

There's nothing like taking a walk in someone else's shoes to develop empathy!  The Little Einsteins from the Laura H. Carnell School opened up their empathy kit today and donned the special goggles we included to see how everyday activities become more difficult for people with impaired vision.  Here's some of what they had to say:  

"This activity was hard but fun. I learned how...

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Tue, 01/12/2016

We're excited to welcome 12 new teachers to DT Philly this week, and we'd like to thank the following schools for piloting our 3rd - 5th grade program with us:  Laura H. Carnell, Hamilton Disston, Feltonville Intermediate, Isaac A. Sheppard, and Grover Washington, Jr.  Check back in the weeks to come to see what these creative teachers and students will do!

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