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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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Tue, 11/18/2014

Numerous organizations work hard to address the challenge of easing hunger while reducing food waste, but check out the great story in today's Inquirer about what the Drexel Food Lab is doing to address hunger and reduce food waste in appetizing ways using less-than-appetizing...

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Thu, 11/13/2014

It's official...the Garry Maddox - Drew Katz Celebrity Bowling Classic returns on Sunday, August 2, 2015!  This event benefits Compete 360 and The Drew A. Katz Foundation.  Stay tuned for details.

Tue, 11/11/2014

Thanks for the photos Grill Gurus!  Our Grand Champion from this year's Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox BBQ Challenge  enjoyed their prize (a trip to the World Series), taking in Game 5 in San Francisco.  It looks like the weather was great, and we know the game was exciting (at least for Giants fans...

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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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