uniting for design: Project invent

For this year’s National Design Month, Cooper Hewitt highlights some of the inspiring organizations from around the country that share the museum’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower through design. This week’s program features the work of Project Invent, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California dedicated to empowering every high school student to become an inventor.

In addition to accumulating future-ready, problem-solving skills, Project Invent students experience the power of empathy-driven design by addressing real problems in their local communities. Join a team of Project Invent students for a first-hand look at their invention journey. In this program, students will guide the audience through their problem identification and design thinking process, and ask participants to brainstorm along the way. The program will conclude with the students revealing their working prototype and plans for the future. 

To learn more about the work of Project Invent, visit www.projectinvent.org. 

Learn more about the winners of the 2021 National Design Awards! 


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. 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, please email CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering.

About National Design Month

National Design Month gathers the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month highlights the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs during the month of October including talks, tours, workshops, mentoring sessions, online resources, and more. Visit www.cooperhewitt.org/ndm for further details and a complete listing of programs. Cooper Hewitt relies on design advocates like you to offer these free programs this October—and even more design inspiration throughout the year. Show your support today! 


2021 Special Thanks

National Design Awards programming is made possible with major support from Facebook, Inc., Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and Edward Hintz, The Hirsch Family Foundation, IBM Corporation, and Crystal and Chris Sacca.

Generous support is also provided by Kim and Mac Schuessler and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.