National High School Design Competition

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.

2020 Challenge

Cooper Hewitt will announce the theme of the 2020 National High School Design Competition in late fall 2019.

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Sneak Peek at Being a Competition Finalist

Past Winners of the Competition

2018: Emily Bryson and Natasja Enriquez

Emily and Natasja entered the competition as twelfth graders from Miami, FL. They created Art-Share, a tactile art-making tool kit for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Their design prototype featured three tools that create different types of marks and help users further develop motor skills. Learn more about Emily and Natasja and the 2018 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.