The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is celebrating National Design Week from October 15 to 21 in New York City to promote design education on a national scale. Target is providing free admission to the museum. The Awards Gala is on Wednesday night and will include a People’s Choice Award. You can still vote for your choice.
Target has given money for a National Design Education Center at the Cooper Hewitt, which is developing K-12 curricula that use design thinking in their approaches. This is an important undertaking. In a era when we appear to be going back to rote learning in an effort to teach to the test, using design thinking in classrooms is a powerful antidote. A new online Educator Resource Center, featuring design-focused lesson plans as well as chat rooms and blogs for teachers interested in incorporating design, will go up this week.
Back to National Design Week. There’s a high school fair. A panel discussion by all the winners led by MOMA’s Paola Antonelli, the 2006 Design Mind winner, will occur on Thursday. If you’re in NYC, go. You’ll get $1 million in IP for free.
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