Kid Designers

Educating about the processes that enable great design is an important part of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum's agenda. Design Camp offers four week-long immersions in design for kids ages six to ten. To kickoff each week, guest designers share problem-solving strategies and engage campers in fun, real-life design challenges. As the week progresses … Continue reading Kid Designers


Teen Designers

Among the many summer programs at the Cooper Hewitt is DesignPrep. Each week, Halima Johnson (our Youth Programs manager) guides a group through activities towards a deeper understanding of the way designers think and create. Topics include product design, interaction design, architecture and fashion. I was excited be involved with architecture week.... Day 1 involved … Continue reading Teen Designers

Design is Storytelling

"Good design, like good storytelling, brings ideas to life." This was Ellen Lupton's premise throughout her lively presentation at the National Design Thinking Workshop for teachers. Ellen is an author, educator, designer and Senior Curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Currently she is working on a book titled "Design is Storytelling." Ellen … Continue reading Design is Storytelling

Making Learning Visual

Recently I trialled a mud mapping activity with my year 5's. The aim of this activity was for students to collaboratively make meaningful connections and synthesise learning through the use of objects, post-it notes and sketched images. They then presented the mud map, articulating their understanding and connections regarding natural disasters, community preparedness and digital … Continue reading Making Learning Visual