Thu, 04/09/2015

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...

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Fri, 03/20/2015

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...

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Wed, 03/18/2015

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.

Mon, 03/09/2015

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! 

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 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!  


DT Philly Updates

Mon, 04/04/2016

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...

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Mon, 03/14/2016

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...

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Mon, 03/07/2016

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...

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Wed, 03/02/2016

Our high school design teams gathered at Citizens Bank Park on Monday to celebrate and be recognized for their design work, and to learn from one another.  Many thanks to our judges--Doug Carney of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Jon Coddington of Drexel University, Rebecca Johnson of AIA Philadelphia, and Noah Tolson of Array Architects, for their time and their thoughtful...

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Wed, 02/17/2016

Our student design teams continue to recognize one another's good work!  This week, Strawberry Mansion High School's Ambitious Scholars would like to recognize Kensington International Business High School's Smarticle Particles, whose design challenge is:  How might we ensure students, staff, and administration know what is happening in our school to ensure that the school population is...

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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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