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!
Just what is that warning light on your dashboard telling you? Here’s Why The Check Engine Light Is A Horrible, Terrible Thing: ...Read More
"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." ...Read More
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...Read More
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.
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...Read More
Tempted to skip a few steps in your design process? Read this commentary from Braden Kowitz on how user research and testing fuel great design: http://www.gv.com/lib/what-fuels-great-design-and-why-most-...Read More
Where will design and design-based thinking take us next? If you missed it, here’s an interesting reflection on the evolution of design: ...Read More
Remember what a great day we had at Citizens Bank Park on August 9 for our annual charity fundraiser, the Stephen Starr – Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge? The Grill Gurus do as they collect their grand champion prize and head off to see the World Series in San Francisco!
DT Philly Updates
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...Read More
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!
The Designer Dragons of Southwark School took advantage of the "DT Phillys" bonus opportunity to design and award their own badge recognizing the work of a fellow team of student designers. Congratulations to the Advanced 5 of Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School on receiving the Rainbow/Color Award for their recognition of the important role color plays in the design of school...Read More
Here at DT Philly we are thankful for the wonderful architects, designers, and engineers who are volunteering their time to mentor our school design teams. Last week we were visiting the Lincoln team when they first connected with their mentor and learned about some of the incredible projects (like the Orion spacecraft) he works on, and we had the opportunity recently to introduce the...Read More
As students on the Motivation High School design team discussed their project research plan, the conversation touched upon the challenging topic of how to encourage and sustain behavior change as well as the effects of negative consequences and positive incentives. "The problem is you try to run up the whole staircase at once and you end up dropping it," said one student, explaining why so...Read More
A lively discussion took place at KCAPA this week as members of the design team grappled with questions of project scope as well as what is feasible and desirable. According to our friend Joe, a sustainable design practitioner who helped us with a DT project this summer, it's a good sign if you're arguing because you know you're making progress. By the end of the day, the team had identified...Read More
In a school that's merging, there are lots of challenges that could become the focus of a DT Philly project. The Smarticle Particles (sometimes known as Team Team) from Kensington International Business High School were in the midst of a lively conversation when we were joined by a surprise guest--Principal Lajara--who graciously took the time to field some questions from the students. As we...Read More
We had fun visiting the Tilden Tigers last week and watching design thinking videos with them. (Don’t forget you can access clickable links to these short DT videos by visiting the “Resource” section under your “My Account” page after you log in to the website.) We also had a chance to catch up with the Tilden Design Team (TDT) and were impressed with their energy and enthusiasm as they...Read More