National High School Design Competition

National High School Design Competition Judges and Winner

About the Competition

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum launched the National High School Design Competition in collaboration with Target in 2016. Every year, students around the country are challenged to design a solution to a unique scenario, inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s rich collection and stimulating exhibitions. Awards and prizes for finalists include travel to participate in Mentor Day to dive into the design process as well as a trip to New York City to visit the museum and present their final designs to a panel of esteemed judges. The winner has the opportunity to tour Target headquarters in Minneapolis, have their work displayed publicly, and attend Cooper Hewitt’s Teen Design Fair in New York City.


The 2018 National High School Design Competition will challenge teens to design a solution that makes the everyday accessible. Look for more details to be announced in the coming weeks! Email us at to be notified about the competition.

Sneak Peek at Being a Competition Finalist

Past Winners of the Competition

2017: Tova Kleiner

Tova entered the competition as a ninth grader from New York City. She created a new fruit and vegetable subscription service for seniors to not only receive fresh food, but also to connect with high school students in their community. Tova’s design also features an innovative storage container to keep food organized and fresh. Learn more about Tova and the 2017 competition.

2016: Claire Christianson

Claire entered the competition as a tenth grader from Minneapolis, MN. Using the Art Nouveau vase from Cooper Hewitt’s collection as inspiration, Claire designed a clean, modern chair for the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at Cooper Hewitt. Claire’s chair was manufactured by Target, and is found in the garden today! Learn more about Claire and the 2016 competition.