NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced today the launch of 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. 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 Oct. 14–22 and at the Fenway Target store in Boston.
"Cooper Hewitt has long championed design's vital role as a discipline for addressing humanitarian concerns," said 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."
Students must submit entries online by March 20 at cooperhewitt.org/designcompetition. When developing their concept—which can be an experience, a system, a place, a product or another novel, unexpected approach—students are encouraged to think like designers and consider how they can best reach communities on a broad scale, use resources efficiently, and create elegant, streamlined solutions. The judging panel includes Baumann; Katherine Darnstadt, founder and principal architect, Latent Design; Justin Gold, founder, Justin's; Todd Waterbury, chief creative officer, Target; and Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project.
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