Design in the Classroom


Design in the Classroom

Design in the Classroom is a FREE program that brings Cooper Hewitt’s celebrated design workshops to schools across New York City. Learn more about how you can bring the Target Design K-12 experience to your New York City school.

Currently, this program is only available for New York City schools with a preference given to outer-borough schools. Manhattan schools are encouraged to register for our free at the museum program Design Field Trips. Teachers outside of New York City can still enjoy our What Is Design? videos and free DITC Teacher Resource Packet.

Design in the Classroom is made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Sign-up for Design in the Classroom by following these simple steps:

Step 1. Watch the introductory video


Complete the registration form to sign your school group up for Design in the Classroom.

Please note that due to the popularity of the program and volume of requests we’ve received, completing the registration form will place you on the wait list for Design in the Classroom. You will be contacted if a program date becomes available.


A little bit of preparation will make sure you and your students to get the most out of our time together. Check out our Teacher Resource Packet for Design Vocabulary, sample lesson plans, and more inspiring ideas for your classroom. Our video playlist (below) includes activity ideas, a studio visit with leading professional designers, and more design thinking from our curators. Feel free to watch the videos either on your own or together with your class.

Design in the classroom video playlist:

If YouTube is blocked in your school, you can view the videos in a different format here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

Each workshop is 45 minutes. Please be mindful of recess and lunch breaks when scheduling. Workshops are scheduled back to back.

What do the students do during the program?

Students are encouraged to share their prior knowledge and experience with the presented everyday designed objects. Then they do a quick group activity that focuses on problem-solving, creative thinking and team building. Participants are asked to solve an open-ended challenge with time and material constraints. All teams are invited to present their prototypes to the other teams.

Can I register for more than one class to visit?

We require a minimum of two workshops and maximum of five workshops per school visit. For additional workshops requests please submit another reservation requests for the additional classes that would like to participate and we can schedule a second date.

How far in advance do I have to register?

Registration must be made six weeks in advance. We only take weekday reservations.

What information do I need to have when registering?

  1. School and mailing address
  2. Teacher name(s) and grade
  3. School and teacher contact information (e.g., school phone, cell phone, e-mail address)
  4. Number of classes and students (up to 30 students per class)

What happens after I submit my reservation request?

Your reservation request will be reviewed within seven business days. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you noting the program date and start time.

Can my class have the program more than one time?

No. This is a single visit program.

What if I need to cancel my workshops?

All cancellations must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to the scheduled visit. Please review our full cancellation policy on your confirmation letter and contact School Programs at or 212.849.8351 with any questions.