Join Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for a virtual Earth Day celebration. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore the importance of sustainability and learn how we can rethink “trash” to make sustainable prototypes with guest designer, Mx. Rich.

Participants have the option to build a 3-dimensional design using everyday materials from their home. If you are interested in building a design, please collect materials prior to the workshop and have them ready for the workshop. Participation in all activities is possible without materials, or you can use a paper and any writing tools to record your brainstorming ideas.

Suggested Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Cardboard (any kind)
  • Clean food packaging
  • Clean containers
  • String
  • Paper
  • Any material that isn’t already in use, especially if it will go into the trash otherwise!

This is a beginner workshop, no prior experience in design required to participate. This program is suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up. We recommend that children under the age of 10 have an adult join them for the duration of the workshop to help build a 3-dimensional prototype.


Mx. Rich (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, they are an educator for UCLA’s Geffen Academy and help run their makerspace, as well as teach fabrication (building things!), project management, computer programming, and physical computation. Outside of UCLA, Mx. Rich creates art and workshops exploring gender identity, transformative arts practices, and community building. They love animals, gardening, and space! Get in touch via their Instagram!


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering.


4:00–5:30 p.m. EST


Drop In On Design is made possible with major support from Siegel Family Endowment. Generous support is also provided by The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Great Circle Foundation and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.