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  • Phil Holcombe to Present at Learn x Design 2016 Conference

    PlusUs founder and principal Phil Holcombe will be presenting at this year’s Learn x Design 2016 Conference, which runs from June 25-26 in Wilmington, DE. The conference, co-hosted by the DuPont Environmental Education Center of Delaware Nature Society (DEEC) and the Design-Lab High School of Newark, Delaware, brings together a diverse range of attendees to…

  • Summer Design Thinking for Educators Course @ UArts

    PlusUs principal Phil Holcombe is facilitating a course through The University of the Arts Professional Institute of Educators called “Design Thinking for Educators”. The course description is below: Gain a thorough understanding of Design Thinking, a human-centered approach that has transformed the way that organizations work. Explore how Design Thinking can be used to develop…

  • How Community Partnerships Prioritize Authentic Learning

    This spring, I facilitated a collaboration between my industrial design students from University of the Arts (UArts), some amazing high school students from Charter High School for Architecture + Design (CHAD), and the Barnes Foundation. In this workshop, UArts and CHAD students collaborated to develop toys, games, hands-on props, and other activities designed to help…

  • Earth Day

    The PlusUs team celebrates Earth Day by going outside to test the water quality for two of Philadelphia’s most important water sources, the Schuylkill River and the Wissahickon Creek. While we were there, we cleaned up some trash that had collected along the banks. Using our WQI Project and its companion website, we mapped data…

  • Design Talk at SXSWedu 2016

    This year’s SXSWedu brought together a diverse group of educators to discuss a wide range of topics including instructional strategies, policy, learning spaces, assessment, cognitive processes, and entrepreneurialism. Among all of these topics there was one word that kept popping up — design. Design, in every sense of the word, took center stage. The enthusiasm for design thinking in education…

  • Frank Chimero on How to Have an Idea

    One of our favorite semi-sort of comics from writer and designer Frank Chimero. To see his original post and read more of his inspiring writing, check out his website.