DT Philly is a challenging and engaging program that K-12 teachers can use in their classrooms or as an extracurricular activity to help students develop as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Please review the following information about program logistics and requirements to see if DT Philly is right for you:
- Programming aligns with the first two marking periods of the school year. The high school and 6th-8th grade programs begin in early September, and the K-2 and 3rd-5th grade programs begin in early October. All programs conclude in early February.
- New teacher training consists of two workshops in August/September; training for returning teachers consists of one workshop.
- Participants work in teams (typically 4 to 7 students).
- The curriculum is scaffolded to create different paths to exploration and to provide flexibility for teachers with different time constraints. Please expect to spend about 90 minutes a week on DT Philly.
- Teachers use the materials provided to introduce each step of the design process to students, ensuring that students understand vocabulary, concepts, techniques, and objectives. In their teams, students apply what they learn to a project they choose.
- Teachers or students upload weekly deliverables on their team page at compete360.org; Compete 360 staff provide personalized weekly feedback for teachers to review with their students to help advance teams' projects. Compete 360 staff are also available to answer your questions and support you.
- The program culminates with a student showcase in early February where eligible teams in all divisions present their projects to design and business professionals.