In DT Philly, students learn by working on a project to fix a problem that they care about.  By taking a project from abstract idea to real life implementation students learn that they have the power and the tools to make changes in the world around them.

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This is the best kept secret in Philly…DT Philly gives students a chance to really think.


12th Grader

You’re preparing my curriculum for me. It doesn’t get any better than this in terms of enrichment and preparing the students for open-ended questions.


This truly transcends the everyday school experience.


Design thinking is the best thing I did in school. 

5th Grader

What is Design Thinking?

Students use a design framework to undertake projects relevant to their interests and experiences, they engage in new ways with teachers, peers, and the work itself.  Along the way there are moments of excitement and discovery as well as opportunities for growth. Students grapple with time management and team dynamics, as they seek to understand root causes and find new ways of looking at a problem, and as they confront constraints on what is desirable and what is feasible. 

The Stages of Design Thinking