Design Camp FAQ
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Registration is closed for these free programs.
Is there a TUITION FEE?
Our virtual program is free. There is no cost to participate.
CAN I SIGN MY CHILD UP FOR MORE THAN ONE WEEK?
Absolutely! Each week of programming is considered a separate session with its own design theme. You are welcome to register your child for as many weeks as you like.
WHAT AGES ARE ELIGIBLE TO SIGN UP?
Our virtual programming is designed for children ages 7–13.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION ON APRIL 26?
Registration opens on Monday, April 26 for community organizations. Community organizations include foundations, nonprofits, libraries, and mutual aid organizations that serve elementary age students. Through these efforts, Cooper Hewitt is committed to serving low-income households that would benefit from a free camp program. Community organizations are responsible for sharing event details with parents/caregivers, as we require each family to register individually through our registration system.
Registration opens on May 3 for Cooper Hewitt members and May 10 for the general public.
WHAT ARE the DATES AND TIMES OF EACH ONE-WEEK SESSION?
Live instruction will be facilitated via Zoom on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Participants will receive action items and tasks that we encourage them to complete on self-guided days (Tuesday and Thursday). Participants are required to register and participate in the full, one-week session. Should your child(ren) have additional questions, office hours are available on Thursday of each week.
WHAT PLATFORM(s) ARE YOU USING FOR LIVE SESSIONS?
Participants will need Zoom to participate in our live facilitated sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Parents / guardians will have access to a Dropbox folder with pre-recorded videos, worksheets, articles and other resources that they can share with their children on self-guided days.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY?
There is no cost to participate in our virtual program. If your children are unable to attend a session, please contact the Design Camp Director to cancel your registration at least three days prior to the first day of camp.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO DURING A WEEK OF CAMP?
We tailor our curriculum to meet our campers’ needs. Your child will explore the design theme of the week through hands-on design activities that challenge them to solve problems, work as a team, and bring their ideas to life.
WHAT MATERIALS DOES MY CHILD NEED TO PARTICIPATE?
DIY: Zine-Making For Young Designers Material List
- Campers will need two devices to participate in this one-week session—a laptop/desktop and a handheld device—smartphone (Android or iPhone) or iPad.
- Campers should have the ability to access the Google Play Store or App Store on their device to download all three apps listed above. We suggest downloading all three apps prior to your first day of camp.
- Scrap paper and a writing tool
Materials for All Remaining Camp Weeks
Campers will have the option to design and build 3-dimensional prototypes. If your camper is interested in prototyping, we suggest that you start to collect materials from around your home. Please note that campers will have the option to build more than one prototype. When collecting materials, ensure that you have what you need for a few different designs. Materials can include but are not limited:
- Tape (masking)
- Pipe cleaners
- Construction paper
- Tissue paper
- Craft sticks
- Clean recyclables such as cardboard (any kind) paper towel rolls, food wrappers, packages, boxes, caps, bottles, newspapers, and magazines
- Colored pencils, colored markers and/or crayons
- Scrap paper and a writing tool
- Any material that isn’t already in use, especially if it will go into the trash otherwise!
WHO TEACHES AT DESIGN CAMP?
Two expert Cooper Hewitt design educators and a guest designer will lead each virtual class of up to 50 students.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL I RECEIVE BEFORE MY FIRST DAY OF CAMP?
One week prior to your first day of camp, you’ll receive additional instructions including a Zoom link, schedule, policies and resources.
Have more questions?
Email or call 917-633-8278
Design Camp at Home is made possible with major support from Siegel Family Endowment. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Great Circle Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.