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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 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!

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Tue, 06/14/2016

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...

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Thu, 06/02/2016

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...

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Wed, 05/25/2016

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...

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Fri, 05/20/2016

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...

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Mon, 04/25/2016

Our 3rd - 5th grade design teams spent the late winter and early spring exploring challenges in their schools and coming up with creative ways to address unmet needs.  This presentation shares their work, which impressed and inspired the two design panels that convened to review...

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Thu, 04/21/2016

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 ...

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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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