DT Philly Updates

Thu, 01/21/2016

Our 6th-8th grade teams are hard at work getting ready for their presentations on January 29.   Congratulations to Shawmont and Southwark for submitting final essays today, and congratulations to Southwark's Designer Dragons for being the first team to earn ALL of their puzzle pieces by completing their deliverables for every stage of their project work!   We're also delighted that the Problem...

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Wed, 01/20/2016

There's nothing like taking a walk in someone else's shoes to develop empathy!  The Little Einsteins from the Laura H. Carnell School opened up their empathy kit today and donned the special goggles we included to see how everyday activities become more difficult for people with impaired vision.  Here's some of what they had to say:  

"This activity was hard but fun. I learned how...

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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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