Cooper Hewitt National High School Design Competition

Ages:High School

Types:Submission, Presentation

Categories:Business, Design, Entrepreneurship

Scope:National

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum launched the National High School Design Competition in collaboration with Target in 2016. In the inaugural year, high school students around the country were challenged to design an outdoor chair for Cooper Hewitt’s garden that is functional, comfortable, and unexpected—and inspired by an object from the museum’s world-renowned collection. Most recently in 2021, students were asked what they would design to create a healthier world.

Submit designs for a unique item meeting each year's specifications. Entries will be evaluated for overall design excellence according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation: How creative and original is your design?
  • Impact: Large or small, what is the impact of your design?
  • Relevance: Does your design address the obstacles faced in the identified community?
  The National High School Design Competition is organized in two stages. In Stage One, competitors will create and submit their design ideas per the entry requirements. Cooper Hewitt will select three finalists to proceed to Stage Two of the Design Competition. All Stage One entries will be judged anonymously.   During Stage Two, the three finalists will finalize their designs according to the requirements in the National High School Design Competition: Stage Two Brief document, which will be sent ONLY to the selected finalists. Each finalist will participate in a mandatory individual videoconference or phone call with an assigned mentor for initial feedback. Finalists will travel to Boston to attend a Mentor Day with mentors, who will assist in finalizing their designs and review their presentations before meeting with the judges. Finalists will travel to New York City to present their designs in person to the judges.

Entries will be evaluated for overall design excellence according to the following criteria:  
  • Innovation: How creative and original is the design?
  • Impact: Large or small, what is the impact of the design?
  • Relevance: How does the design create a healthier world for your intended user(s)?
  • Communication: How clear is your design idea from your sketch and question responses?
  • Additional criteria for the judging will be shared with finalists in the Stage Two Brief document and will include clarity of final presentation and materials, along with sportsmanship.
Cooper Hewitt High School Design Award

Team Award.

AWARDS AND PRIZES Winner (1):

  • The winner will be invited to participate in a virtual program with the opportunity to meet with designers and/or other experts around the winner’s interests in design. The winner will receive a complimentary Family Membership to Cooper Hewitt. Finalists:
  • Mentor Call: Finalists will receive initial feedback from an assigned mentor during an hour-long virtual Zoom meeting or phone call. (Zoom’s privacy policy is available here: https://zoom.us/privacy.)
  • Mentor Weekend: Finalists will participate in a virtual Mentor Weekend on Zoom to dive into the design process, learn more about how designers use design to solve everyday challenges, further discuss their design ideas, and prepare for the final presentations to the judges.
  • Judging Weekend: On June 12–13, 2021, finalists will participate in a virtual Judging Weekend on Zoom to learn more about design and present their designs live to a diverse panel of creative experts.
  • Finalists’ designs will be featured in a special online exhibition celebrating the creativity of promising young designers on the Cooper Hewitt website.
Honorable Mentions: The designs of all finalists and honorable mentions will be displayed on the Cooper Hewitt website to celebrate the creativity of promising young designers. Finalist activities are required. Winner activities are optional. Review the competition rules and conditions for complete information on eligibility.

Website: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/design-competition-about/

Managing Organization: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Contact:

DesignCompetition@si.edu

Entry Fee: $

Eligibility:
The design competition is open to all teens ages 13 through 19 who are high school students in grades 9 through 12, or who are homeschooled students working toward a high school degree anywhere in the United States. You can enter as an individual or as a team of up to three people. Review the competition rules and conditions for complete information on eligibility.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum launched the National High School Design Competition in collaboration with Target in 2016. In the inaugural year, high school students around the country were challenged to design an outdoor chair for Cooper Hewitt’s garden that is functional, comfortable, and unexpected—and inspired by an object from the museum’s world-renowned collection. Most recently in 2021, students were asked what they would design to create a healthier world.

Process

Submit designs for a unique item meeting each year's specifications. Entries will be evaluated for overall design excellence according to the following criteria:
  • Innovation: How creative and original is your design?
  • Impact: Large or small, what is the impact of your design?
  • Relevance: Does your design address the obstacles faced in the identified community?
  The National High School Design Competition is organized in two stages. In Stage One, competitors will create and submit their design ideas per the entry requirements. Cooper Hewitt will select three finalists to proceed to Stage Two of the Design Competition. All Stage One entries will be judged anonymously.   During Stage Two, the three finalists will finalize their designs according to the requirements in the National High School Design Competition: Stage Two Brief document, which will be sent ONLY to the selected finalists. Each finalist will participate in a mandatory individual videoconference or phone call with an assigned mentor for initial feedback. Finalists will travel to Boston to attend a Mentor Day with mentors, who will assist in finalizing their designs and review their presentations before meeting with the judges. Finalists will travel to New York City to present their designs in person to the judges.

Criteria

Entries will be evaluated for overall design excellence according to the following criteria:  
  • Innovation: How creative and original is the design?
  • Impact: Large or small, what is the impact of the design?
  • Relevance: How does the design create a healthier world for your intended user(s)?
  • Communication: How clear is your design idea from your sketch and question responses?
  • Additional criteria for the judging will be shared with finalists in the Stage Two Brief document and will include clarity of final presentation and materials, along with sportsmanship.

Awards

Cooper Hewitt High School Design Award

Team Award.

AWARDS AND PRIZES Winner (1):

  • The winner will be invited to participate in a virtual program with the opportunity to meet with designers and/or other experts around the winner’s interests in design. The winner will receive a complimentary Family Membership to Cooper Hewitt. Finalists:
  • Mentor Call: Finalists will receive initial feedback from an assigned mentor during an hour-long virtual Zoom meeting or phone call. (Zoom’s privacy policy is available here: https://zoom.us/privacy.)
  • Mentor Weekend: Finalists will participate in a virtual Mentor Weekend on Zoom to dive into the design process, learn more about how designers use design to solve everyday challenges, further discuss their design ideas, and prepare for the final presentations to the judges.
  • Judging Weekend: On June 12–13, 2021, finalists will participate in a virtual Judging Weekend on Zoom to learn more about design and present their designs live to a diverse panel of creative experts.
  • Finalists’ designs will be featured in a special online exhibition celebrating the creativity of promising young designers on the Cooper Hewitt website.
Honorable Mentions: The designs of all finalists and honorable mentions will be displayed on the Cooper Hewitt website to celebrate the creativity of promising young designers. Finalist activities are required. Winner activities are optional. Review the competition rules and conditions for complete information on eligibility.

Participate

Website: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/education/design-competition-about/

Managing Organization: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Contact:

DesignCompetition@si.edu

Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
The design competition is open to all teens ages 13 through 19 who are high school students in grades 9 through 12, or who are homeschooled students working toward a high school degree anywhere in the United States. You can enter as an individual or as a team of up to three people. Review the competition rules and conditions for complete information on eligibility.

Deadlines

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.