SCHOOL PROGRAMS REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, Cooper Hewitt is temporarily closed to the public and we have not announced a reopening date. Registration is open for our virtual Design Field Trip programs only. At this time, we will not be facilitating on-site self-guided visits or school-based pre-visit programs facilitated by a museum educator.
Registration is closed for the spring semester and we are no longer accepting new requests.
Cooper Hewitt offers free, dynamic educational programs for K–12 school groups. Our immersive learning experience is designed to align with city, state, and national learning standards. Drawing upon the museum’s exhibitions, design educators facilitate thoughtful discussions and activities focused on the process of design thinking. We empower students to view the world optimistically through the lens of design and to improve it by honing their design thinking abilities.
- Practice creative critical thinking
- Develop interdisciplinary problem-solving skills
- Collaborate with peers using verbal and visual strategies
- Define key design process terminology
- Build advocacy/empathy competencies
VIRTUAL DESIGN FIELD TRIP
The virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. Our interactive field trip inspires the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and learn how to harness their superpowers to create change for the better.
Each DFT will expand students’ awareness of design and cultivate design-thinking competencies
- Design Explorers (K–3)
Younger students explore the impact of design on everyday life and gain new perspective on the types of challenges designers face.
- Arts Integration (4–12)
Help students build creative confidence by exploring how and where designers find inspiration.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
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Design Field Trips are made possible with major support from Siegel Family Endowment. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
DESIGN ONLiNE | TAKE YOUR DESIGN FIELD TRIP FURTHER
Whether learning from home or at school, our online arc of programming extends beyond the virtual Design Field Trip to ensure your students get the most out of their experience.
Prepare for your virtual Design Field Trip with our social narrative, an illustrated, step-by-step guide on what to expect during your 60-minute workshop with Cooper Hewitt. Our two-page, social narrative is available in color, as well as black and white.
DESIGN AT HOME PRE-VISIT VIDEO
Our pre-recorded, Design at Home Pre-Visit video prepares students for the virtual Design Field Trip through an exploration of the design process, a warm-up activity and a quick brainstorming challenge to spark students’ creativity.
Our post-visit extension resources engage students in a hands-on design challenge that connects to the key design concepts explored during the virtual program. While we are unable to prototype during the virtual field trip, we hope your students will take their ideas further.
ONLINE Self-guided Visits FOR GRADES K–12
Not able to join us for a virtual Design Field Trip? No problem. Our online self-guided Design Field Trips provide the perfect STEAM connection. Explore the effects of climate change and empower students to take action in their home, school or community.
Featured Image: Two students looking at a computer screen. One student is pointing at something they see on the screen.