It wasn’t a winter snowstorm that forced the postponement of this year’s high school design team presentations but rather the Eagles' Super Bowl parade! We call that a good problem to have, but we also appreciate the flexibility shown by our participating schools, our judges, and our hosts at Citizens Bank Park in accommodating a quick change of date.
Seven student design teams arrived at the ballpark on February 12 well-prepared to impress the judges with their hard work and creative approaches to their design challenges. Five months of work preceded the presentations, during which time the teams learned about different types of design, selected a challenge, and turned in weekly deliverables to document their approach to their problems and build their project portfolios. The teams’ final presentations included an essay, a budget and implementation plan, an oral presentation, and Q and A with the judges.
Architects L. Kent Doss (Array Architects), Fletcher MacNeill (NORR), and Michael Spain (D2CA Architects, LLC) served as the design jury, encouraging the students in their work and providing thoughtful feedback.
Los Platanos, a team of freshmen from Abraham Lincoln High School, won both the top prize from the judges and the Designers’ Choice Award conferred by their peers for their FlyKit initiative, designed to help students meet personal hygiene needs in a fun but discreet manner.
The Gladiators, a team of students in the Health Related Technologies program at Lincoln High School, came in second with their project to reduce teen pregnancy and promote condom use at their school, a project which built on the work of a previous DT Philly team at Lincoln.
The Owls, a team from Edison High School’s Life Skills program, took third place for their Edison Owlet initiative, a uniform rental service designed to create an alternative to sending home students who are out of compliance with the school uniform policy.
We commend and congratulate all of the teams who completed their DT Philly projects. The students’ commitment and creativity are an inspiration, and you can find a summary of all team projects here. We would also like to thank the teachers who invested their time and energy in guiding the students through their projects, the judges for making time to participate and support our students, and the Phillies and Aramark for doing so much to make this year’s DT Philly Showcase a special event.