Design Camp 2017

About Design Camp

Registration is open!

Four one-week sessions for ages 6 – 10
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Is your child a designer, tinkerer, or creative thinker? Cooper Hewitt Design Camp offers four week-long immersions in the latest advances in design for kids ages six to ten. To kickoff each week, guest designers share their problem-solving strategies and engage campers in fun, real-life design challenges. Campers will receive special access to the museum’s permanent collection and enjoy exciting collaborations with campers and staff from the Museum of the City of New York, the Central Park Conservancy Environmental Education Programs and the Guggenheim Museum.

Registration dates & fees

Cooper Hewitt members receive $50 off per camp session! Enter your membership ID to claim your discount. Not a member yet?  Membership starts at $75 ($65 for students and seniors) and—in addition to a Design Camp discount— offers free admission to the museum, SHOP discounts, and much more. To become a member, call 212.849.8349.

July 10 - 14

Sold Out | Ages 6-8

Is your child curious about how things work? From Sketchbots to LittleBits, campers will explore current and future technologies in design through gallery explorations, hands-on making, and problem solving.

Guest Designer | Jonathan Bobrow

Jonathan Bobrow is an award winning artist, designer, and technologist at the forefront of digital interfaces. He’s an alumnus of the MIT Media Lab and UCLA Design | Media Arts, founder of the design startups Bitwise Design and Move38, and is known for building landmark museum installations for institutions like the Museum of Science and Industry.

SPECIALIST | The Lab for Robotics Education

Campers will participate in hands-on learning experiences in robotics with specialists from The Lab for Robotics Education team.

Field Trip | The Museum of the City of New York

What do you want New York City to look like in the future? Through a guided tour of the Future City Lab, campers will be given an opportunity to imagine alternative futures for the city. Through interactive games, data visualization, and maps, students will grapple with present day challenges and learn about the different occupations of New Yorkers who continue to shape the city in the 21st century and beyond.

July 17 - 21

Sold out | Ages 6-8

Take a journey to uncover our places and spaces—from the art-deco brilliance of the Chrysler building to the man-made wonder of Central Park, campers will be inspired to create their own designs using our environment as a guide.

Guest Designer | Ten Arquitectos

Collaboration | Central Park Conservancy

Campers will explore the history and landscape of Central Park with educators from the Central Park Conservancy.

Field Trip | Museum of the City of New York

Campers will learn about the origins and evolution of Manhattan’s street grid system and how it changed over time. The group will then construct a model neighborhood that conforms to this 200-year-old plan using contemporary zoning and land use regulations.

Everything old is new again when the 1920s hits the runway! Inspired by textiles, fashions, and products on view in Cooper Hewitt’s The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, campers will research, design, and create a cohesive collection of looks for an end-of-week runway show.



Jessica Marquez is a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of Miniature Rhino. Her embroideries have been featured in InStyle Magazine, Bust Magazine, Daily Candy NY, and numerous blogs. Jessica is the author of Stitched Gifts, an embroidery book with Chronicle Books.

July 31 - August 4

Sold out | Ages 6-8

Campers will travel back in time to explore how inventions, such as the automobile and the radio, transformed American life. Inspired by the products on view in The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s and The World of Radio, campers will reimagine early 20th-century designs for the modern world.

Guest Designer | Tomorrow Lab

Tomorrow Lab is a hardware innovation studio in New York City that specializes in creating new hardware technology. We make prototypes that grow into market-ready, manufacturable products for clients that include Google, Hasbro, and Intel.

Collaboration | The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Oom Bop Sh’Bam! Campers will learn the basics of Jazz through improvisation, scat singing, and bebop.