A City of Neighborhoods

Learn about the design process, gain real work experience, collaborate with professional designers, and earn community service hours in A City of Neighborhoods (ACON).  APPLY TODAY!
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Meet the Staff: David Rios

David Rios, Youth Programs Manager, shares his experience working at Cooper-Hewitt.
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Hive Fashion: Building My Brand

My experience working with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Hive Fashion program has been amazing. It has allowed a place for all of my talents and interests to mesh together to create a professional product. The program has been inspiring, innovative, and epic. Two main threads running through the 24 sessions are the strength of teamwork and the power of an idea.
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Teens Build-A-Brand

Twenty-four sessions of the Hive Fashion Build-A-Brand workshop culminated in a finale celebration last week where students presented their designs to professional designers from Christpher Bevans Atelier and the Roc Apparel Group (including Billionaire Boys Club and Rocawear), as well as friends, family, and Cooper-Hewitt staff.
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DesignPrep: Curating Interaction Design

From cutting-edge karaoke to interactive chair mazes, students envision museum exhibitions of the future.
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DesignPrep Scholars: Prototyping Interactive Experiences for the Cooper-Hewitt

Interaction design is not just about the way an individual interacts with his or her surroundings, it is about bringing people together and starting conversations. On February 4th at Cooper-Hewitt’s uptown Design Center, this was the theme for our group of Design Scholars’ most recent workshop. We held our first meeting with a few user experience (UX) designers from Local Projects, a New-York based media design firm..
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DesignPrep: The Digital Curators Project

A short video explaining youth participation in shaping Cooper-Hewitt's effort to make its vast collection web-accessible. NYC teens work with museum staff to select objects, tag them in their own words, and suggest features to make the virtual museum system more youth-friendly.
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DesignPrep: Makerbot Workshops

Cooper-Hewitt is launching a series of FREE workshops for NYC teens on building, programming, and prototyping with the Makerbot 3D printer. Participants will learn how to assemble, program, and print their designs on the Makerbot 3-D printer. They'll learn about hardware, software, and 3D modeling software like Google Sketchup and Blender. This is a huge opportunity for kids to geek out on the cutting edge of technology and bond with the Makerbot developers--the hippest, funnest nerds in the country.
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DesignPrep: From Design to Movement

NYC teens worked alongside master jewelry designers from Van Cleef & Arpels as they try their hand at jewelry design here at Cooper-Hewitt in this exciting hands-on program. The exacting labor of creating a maquette, first in wax and then in pewter, is an important part of the jewelry design process. In this video, the Van Cleef & Arpels creative team works with our teens to create and critique their own jewelry designs.
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DesignPrep: Jell-O Mold Competition

Student teams work with designers to develop and create molds using traditional techniques and 3-D printing technology to enter into the third annual Jell-O Mold Competition scheduled for June 25, 2011. Workshop sessions are hosted at Cooper-Hewitt, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and Smart Design. 3D printing materials at Eyebeam were generously provided by Stratasys.
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