Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has today launched its second nationwide competition for high school students. Organized in collaboration with Target, "National High School Design Competition: Good for All" invites students to submit design ideas that improve access to healthy, fresh foods for a community that lacks it.
"Cooper Hewitt has long championed design's vital role as a discipline for addressing humanitarian concerns," commented Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. "With nearly 30 million people living in 'food deserts' in the U.S. and the rates of obesity and diet-related disease at an all-time high nationwide, new models are needed now to ensure communities have access to healthy, fresh food. This competition opens the doors for teens to engage in the valuable problem-solving skills that design provides and learn how design affects every facet of daily life."
Three finalists will be selected to travel to Boston to meet with mentors from Food + Future, who will assist in finalizing their designs, and to New York for a concluding presentation to the judges. The winning design solution will be announced June 4 and will be featured at Cooper Hewitt during National Design Week October 14-22 and at the Fenway Target store in Boston.
The deadline for entries is March 20, 2017. Submissions will be judged on overall design excellence with particular attention to innovation, impact and relevance.