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
Many thanks to the following individuals for serving as judges for yesterday's DT Philly Challenge (High School Division): Glenn Bryan, Jon Coddington, Gary Jastrzab, Beth Miller, and Isaac Southard. We're delighted that such a great panel of academicians, architects, planners, and business...Read More
The trophies have arrived for tomorrow's DT Philly Challenge! We're looking forward to seeing the great work our high school teams have done applying the design-thinking methodology to a problem in their school or community.
Remember the video we shared with you from Nightline about building a better shopping cart? Click here for part 3...inspiration for the testing & presentation phases of your project work!
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!
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!
DT Philly Updates
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
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