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. Awards and prizes for competition finalists include travel to participate in Mentor Day to dive into the design process and further develop their ideas 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 of the competition has the opportunity to tour Target headquarters, see their design displayed publicly, and attend Cooper Hewitt’s Teen Design Fair in New York City!
THE Next CHALLENGE
The 2018 National High School Design Competition will be launching this fall! Email us at DesignCompetition@si.edu to be notified about the competition.
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. Tova’s design will be displayed at Cooper Hewitt and in Target stores in New York City during October 2017. 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!