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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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Wed, 11/05/2014

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-...

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Wed, 10/22/2014

It's not too late to join DT Philly 2014-15...we're looking for a few good design professionals--architects, engineers, makers,...

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Wed, 10/22/2014

Where will design and design-based thinking take us next?  If you missed it, here’s an interesting reflection on the evolution of design:  ...

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Wed, 10/22/2014

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!  

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DT Philly Updates

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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Thu, 01/28/2016

The student designers of Chester A. Arthur School's Wildcats design team would like to give a shout out to Southwark's Designer Dragons and bestow upon them the Southwark-aholics Award!  The award comes with this message from the Wildcats:  "We present this award to the Southwark School because we think that this is a very strong school that has won first place last year and has a very strong...

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Wed, 01/27/2016

Our student design teams are recognizing the work of their peers by creating their own awards and bestowing them on a deserving team!  The Problem Solvers of William C. Longstreth School would like to grant the Black Dragons of Strawberry Mansion High School the Outside the Box trophy for creative thinking in tackling an important community problem for the DT Philly Challenge.  Their...

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