School Programs

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Design Field Trip

This 90-minute program includes an interactive exhibition tour and hands-on workshop. Students will explore 5-6 objects and participate in a design focused workshop. The teacher selected program offering will be the focus of your field trip.

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Current field trip offerings

From May 18 to June 25, 2015: Making Design

Students are invited to discover our unique permanent collection exhibition of some 360 historic and contemporary objects. During this 60-minute inquiry tour, students will actively engage with four elements of design that designers use to develop products, graphic designs, and textiles (line, form, texture, pattern, and color). There will also be a gallery activity, during which students will explore how design elements and objects connect to their everyday lives.

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Sponsors

Tools: Extending Our Reach is made possible by major support from
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Generous support is also provided by Newell Rubbermaid, Dorit and Avi Reichental, and Esme Usdan.

Additional funding is provided by the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, Facebook, the Ehrenkranz Fund, and Smithsonian Institution funds from the Grand Challenges Consortia.

Fees

New York City Schools (Includes private, public, and charter schools in the five boroughs)
• FREE. Includes admission and all materials
• Minimum* of 15 students and Maximum of 30 students
• Minimum 1 chaperone for every 10 students and Maximum
4 chaperones, including classroom teacher

Non-New York City Schools
• $400.00. Includes admission and all materials
• Minimum* of 15 students and Maximum of 30 students
• Minimum 1 chaperone for every 10 students and Maximum
4 chaperones, including classroom teacher

*If your group has special needs that require a smaller group size, please contact chtours2@si.edu or (212) 849-8351.

Registration

We are not accepting new tour requests at this time. New requests will start April 20th. If you have already submitted a request before April 4th, that submission will be processed. If you have changes to a confirmed tour please follow the process outlined in your confirmation letter.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long is the program?
Each Design Field Trip is 90 minutes.

2. What do the students do during the program?
The program includes an exhibition tour and hands-on workshop. When you register, you can select which exhibition you want to explore. During the tour, students will explore five to six objects; during the workshop, they will participate in a design-focused activity.

3. Can I register for more than one class to visit?
You can schedule up to two groups for the same time slot; both groups will participate in the full program (one will begin with the tour, the other with the workshop). Up to 30 students are permitted per group; smaller classes may not be combined to form a larger group of more than 30 participants.

4. How far in advance do I have to register?
Registration must be made six weeks in advance. We only take weekday reservations.

5. What information do I need to have when registering?
a) School and mailing address
b) Teacher name(s) and grade
c) School and teacher contact information (e.g., school phone, cell phone, e-mail address)
d) Number of classes and students (up to 30 students per group; smaller classes may not be combined to form a larger group of over 30 participants)
e) Number of chaperones (up to four chaperones per class; a minimum of one adult per ten students)

6. What happens after I submit my reservation request?
Your reservation request will be reviewed within ten business days. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you noting the program date and start time.

7. Can my class stay in the Museum after my guided visit?
Yes. When you arrive, your class will receive entrance tickets and may come and go freely for the rest of the day. We recommend that chaperones and students divide themselves into smaller groups, as large groups cannot be accommodated in the galleries at the same time.

8. Where can I eat my lunch?
Unfortunately, Cooper Hewitt doesn’t have lunchroom facilities for students, so you will be responsible for finding a place to eat. Please note, we do not have a place to store your lunch, and food is not allowed in the galleries.

9. Where do I check in?
We ask that you arrive ten minutes before your scheduled start time to check in (we cannot attend to you if you arrive sooner). Enter the museum on 91st Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, and the Design Educator assigned to your program will greet you there.

10. What should my students bring?
Students don’t need to bring anything; we’ll provide all necessary supplies. Please note that students will be asked to check their belongings when they arrive, so they should not bring any valuables with them.

11. What if we’re late?
If your group is late, your program will be shorted accordingly, and finish at the originally designated time. Groups more than 30 minutes late will have their tours canceled.

12. What if I need to cancel my tour?
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 chtours2@si.edu or 212.849.8351 with any questions. Cancellation and other processing fees may apply.

13. Where can the bus park?
The main entrance to the Museum at 2 E. 91st Street is where buses may drop off and pick up school groups. While waiting, buses can remain on 5th Avenue or seek alternative locations.

14. What if my group requires special accommodations?
On your reservation request, please indicate special accommodations under “Additional Information.” Additional information will be helpful in allowing us to provide the most successful experience for all participants.