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Education Innovation Award
The Education team was excited to take a field trip to Washington DC to be part of the Smithsonian Education Innovation Awards. Although, we often travel for individual programs, this was one of those rare chances where the whole team got to travel together. After a short flight and a nice celebratory lunch, we headed...
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Design in the Classroom Supports the Common Core Standards
Two years ago, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum closed for renovations and the opportunity opened up to explore a school-based program: Design in the Classroom.  This free 45-minute, single visit workshop introduces K-12 students to design thinking.  In short, design thinking is a term describing the way designers critically assess the "things" all around us....
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Focusing on School Improvement
Cooper-Hewitt's Education team spent an amazing week in New Orleans with 26 educators from New York City, San Antonio, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Although their day jobs include teaching subjects from across the curriculum, including math and science as well as social studies and history, they all became designers for the week and solved...
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NYC Teachers Register Now for Free Design Workshops!
This is the second year Cooper-Hewitt's Design Educators are going into New York City schools and leading free design workshops!  Target Design K-12:  Design in the Classroom web site  has a revised Teacher Resource Packet that includes all the valuable feedback given by teachers who participated last year.  Registration is now available on-line for the 2012-2013 school year. Target Design K-12 Design...
Ready, Set, Design!
Ready, Set, Design is one of our favorite educational activities here at Cooper-Hewitt. We use it as a way to introduce the concepts behind “design thinking” to all kinds of groups– from kindergartners to professional designers to museum trustees. It’s very adaptable, and lots of fun! Watch this video to learn how you can use...
Target Design K12: Sign up Today!
Target Design K12: Design In The Classroom is a unique, FREE program for K-12 teachers in New York City. The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will come to you for a 45 minute session that’s adaptable to any subject area. A special focus on teamwork, brainstorming and problem-solving through design thinking will equip your students with...
DesignPrep: A City of Neighborhoods
City of Neighborhoods is an innovative experience about the design process, learning from professionals to understand how design can affect and improve your community. This 11-session workshop offers youth participants the opportunity to incorporate the latest technologies which includes iPads, Macbooks, and FlipVideos. Youth participants use these tools to capture and display their work via...
Bill’s Design Talks: From Then to Now—The Trajectory of Design
The design process has progressed from just forming objects to addressing the situations in which objects are used. This is a major theme in Ralph Caplan's seminal book By Design, expressed in the book's subtitle: Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors of the Hotel Louis IV and Other Object Lessons. This year,...
Cooper-Hewitt: Design Your Life with Ellen Lupton
Ellen Lupton has been Cooper-Hewitt's curator of contemporary design since 1992. Her new book, Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (St. Martins Press, May 2009), is co-authored with her twin sister Julia. Design Your Life takes an irreverent and realistic look at everything from toasters, bras, and pillows to housekeeping and...