Mon, 02/01/2016

We were delighted to see a member of the Mastbaum design team honored by Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute.  Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos, a senior member of the school volleyball team, was recognized for her positive attitude and consideration for her teammates.  The award includes a $1,000 grant to be...

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Tue, 01/26/2016

Here's a source of inspiration for our DT Philly teams looking at school library and other school space issues:  the recently released plan from architecture firm  ...

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Mon, 01/25/2016

Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron recently shared her list of the best and worst designs completed during Mayor Nutter's tenure in office.  Drexel's Antoinette Westphal College of...

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Mon, 12/28/2015

What better way to kick off 2016 than by launching a new version of DT Philly for 3rd - 5th grade?  Join the fun by registering here (this program is free and open to Philadelphia public...

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Mon, 11/23/2015

Improving the financial literacy of high school graduates was the subject of Penn Treaty's DT Philly project last year, and is often mentioned by our high school teams as a need in their school or community.  According to a recent survey, only 57% of U.S. citizens are financially literate (click...

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Wed, 11/18/2015

Don't miss your chance to learn tips and strategies from designer Eric Schneider that will help your team conduct effective research and brainstorming, and to learn from interim design reviews at Saturday's DT Philly project support meeting!  Staff and mentors will be on hand to answer all of...

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Mon, 11/02/2015

On Saturday, November 7, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University is hosting a free Philadelphia Architecture and Design Fair for high school and college students, parents, teachers, and counselors interested in...

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Wed, 10/28/2015

Design thinking comes to NASA!  Check out this interesting article from Core77 about how designers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using DT to support their mission formulation work:

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Mon, 10/26/2015

At DT Philly, we see students contemplating and empathizing with the needs of different segments of the community, including the elderly, which is why a recent article in The Wall Street Journal ...

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Mon, 10/12/2015

If you're interested, here's a link to one of the Harvard Business Review articles on design thinking that Garry referenced at training!


DT Philly Updates

Mon, 06/12/2017

What gets you going in the morning?  For a group of 4th graders at Laura H. Carnell School, it was coming to school extra early two days a week to work with their teacher, Erin Richardson, on a DT Philly project.

The nine students, who called themselves the Diary of Design Thinkers, were eager to tackle a problem they encountered every day—their lunchroom experience.  They began by...

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Fri, 04/21/2017

People often ask us what kinds of design thinking projects our youngest students take on.  The Dragonflies Design Team of Hamilton Disston School, made up of five kindergartners and their teacher, Mrs. Tobin, had no trouble identifying problems that could become a DT Philly project.  The challenges they considered included school equipment that is falling apart or not working, unkind behavior...

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Tue, 03/14/2017

DT Philly’s high school teams convened at Citizens Bank Park to celebrate and share the work they’ve been pursuing since the program kicked off in October.  Featured projects included Mastbaum’s Panther Den initiative to help fellow students and staff by repurposing unused space in their school for a fitness center, Bartram’s Seeds of Change initiative to build community...

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Wed, 02/15/2017

With only two weeks to go until our high school teams present their projects, we're pleased to recognize the We the Future design team at Abraham Lincoln High School as our final high school team of the month.  The five seniors who make up this team are students in the Health-Related Technology Academy at Lincoln and view themselves as leaders in their school and community.


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Mon, 02/06/2017

DT Philly's 6th-8th grade design teams have been busy since October, learning about design thinking, identifying problems, and crafting solutions.  We celebrated their creativity and hard work over lunch at Citizens Bank Park last week, after which students presented their projects to their peers and a panel of judges.  This year's presenters were:

  • The Lilac Lions of Shawmont...
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Tue, 01/03/2017

We can’t think of a better way to kick off 2017 than by recognizing the Free Thinkers design team at William C. Longstreth School as our 6th-8th grade team of the month.

When the students embarked on their DT Philly project in the fall, they invested time in identifying problems in their community and empathizing with fellow students.  During this time, they noticed their classmates...

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Fri, 12/09/2016

It feels like winter has finally arrived in the Philadelphia area, but that’s not stopping the Wellness Warriors Design Team at Bartram High School from dreaming of green…a green space, that is!  

The 9th grade students who make up the team have earned this month’s high school “team of the month” honors for their project exploring ways in which they might convert an unwelcoming outdoor...

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Mon, 11/21/2016

At Compete 360, teams in the High School and 6th-8th Grade Divisions have the opportunity to earn a piece of a 3D puzzle every time they complete all of their work for a stage of their DT Phily project. This incentive helps teams visualize their progress in fun way over the course of a months-long project and gives them a physical memento of their DT Philly journey.  

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