For National Design Week, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum offered a few great opportunities for educators to freely explore the museum and participate in a hands-on workshop. I copied the info below from their Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educator-open-house-workshop-session-2-tickets-38048017645i
K-12 educators will explore Cooper Hewitt’s free design resources, including professional development and school programs, and learn how design thinking can be used in teaching practice through a hands-on workshop with National Design Award winner MASS Design Group.
It was pretty awesome to listen to a presentation from two member of MASS Design Group — MASS was among the winners of the 2017 National Design Award! The teachers in my group and I benefited from their guidance during a design thinking exercise. We considered a mission of getting students to be better self-learners, and then explored possible incentives, measurable impacts, and desirable behaviors from there.
Also, I learned that the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian hasn’t yet launched their 2018 National High School Design Competition. This year’s theme is accessibility, and I copied the following info from their site: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/design-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 finalists include travel to participate in Mentor Day to dive into the design process 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 has the opportunity to tour Target headquarters in Minneapolis, have their work displayed publicly, and attend Cooper Hewitt’s Teen Design Fair in New York City.
The 2018 National High School Design Competition will challenge teens to design a solution that makes the everyday accessible. Look for more details to be announced in the coming weeks! Email us at DesignCompetition@si.edu to be notified about the competition.