DT Philly Updates

Tue, 01/12/2016

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!

Wed, 12/23/2015

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...

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Wed, 11/25/2015

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...

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Wed, 11/18/2015

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...

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Fri, 11/13/2015

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...

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Fri, 11/06/2015

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...

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Tue, 11/03/2015

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...

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Thu, 10/29/2015

There's no one way to do things DT Philly style.  The Problem Solvers design team at Longstreth shared their process with us this week, and it includes keeping in touch and discussing individual and group work through the Kik messaging app.  They were even "kik"ing things around at 6:30 in the morning one day this week!  We also like the way they're sketching ideas as they go and empathizing...

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