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School Design and Technology Trip to New York

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A design and technology school trip to New York works so well because design and technology is simple everywhere in the city – from the bright lights and billboards of Times Square, to the skyscrapers that surround you in every direction!

Explore the city streets and its many attractions that tie in with the curriculum. Visit the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, which includes both historic and contemporary design and extends from one-of-a-kind to mass produced items. Or Samsung 837, where technology comes to life. And visit Parsons the New School for Design, where famous fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Donna Karan all received their education. 

Thinking about making yours a cross-curricular trip to give more students the opportunity to experience New York? The great news is there's options here for many subjects including politics, art, business studies, performing arts, media studies, fashion, food technology, maths and religious studies!

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 5 days/3 nights)

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Visit the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum!

The Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the US dedicated to historical and contemporary design, which makes it a must-visit on a design and technology school trip to New York.

The museum’s collection consists of more than 210,000 design objects which span almost 30 centuries, from ancient textiles to modern, cutting-edge designs. There are handmade, unique pieces here, as well as mass-produced items.

The focus here is on showing the important role of design in the evolution of society, making this a really inspiring visit for your students.

Did you know?

The Cooper-Hewitt funds, awards and hosts the National Design Awards. The awards recognise American design in order to educate and promote excellence, innovation and lasting achievement in seven categories – architecture design, communication design, fashion design, interior design, interaction design, landscape design and product design.

Parsons the New School for Design

Visit Parsons the New School for Design!

Parsons the New School for Design is one of the most prestigious design schools in the world.

The school was founded by renowned American Impressionist William Merritt Chase in 1896. Originally known as the Chase School, the name was changed to its current one in 1941, to recognise the profound impact on American life of former director Frank Alvah Parsons.

With alumni including Tom Ford, Anna Sui and Donna Karan, this is a really inspiring visit for any young designer!

Did you know?

Frank Alvah Parsons, who joined the school in 1904 and later went on to become its sole director essentially created the modern concept of design, by focusing on the beauty in ordinary things and the ordinary spaces people inhabit.

Samsung 837, New York

Visit Samsung 837!

Samsung 837 is an experience of art, fashion, technology and sport, where you can experience augmented reality, interactive art installations and musical performances.

In the heart of New York’s trendy Meatpacking District, this flagship store isn’t really a store, instead it offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Samsung brand.

Colour in on a giant screen using the S Pen, doodle in AR and design your own phone case – there’s so much to do here that it’s the perfect choice for a design and technology school trip to New York!

Did you know?

Samsung was founded as a trading company in 1938 and only entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s.

Day 1


Flight from the UK to New York


Transfer to accommodation on arrival


Optional evening meal at local restaurant

Day 2


Visit the Parsons School for Design


Visit the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Explore Central Park


Visit the Empire State Building for evening views across the city

Optional evening meal at local restaurant

Day 3


Take the free Staten Island ferry for views over the Hudson and the Manhattan skyline

Visit the 9/11 memorial


Visit the Skyscraper Museum


Optional evening meal at a Times Square restaurant

Chance to enjoy a Broadway show

Day 4


Visit Samsung 837 to see the latest technological ideas, followed by some retail therapy


Transfer to the airport


Overnight flight back to the UK

Day 5


Arrive back in the UK





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Educational activities and visits

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s collection is international in scope a… Read more

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Reaching more than a quarter of a mile into the Manhattan sky, the Empire State Building… Read more

Parsons the New School for Design

Parsons the New School for Design

If you’re a Project Runway fan, you must pay a visit to Parsons School of Design on … Read more

Samsung 837

Samsung 837

Located in the heart of the Meatpacking district in NYC, Samsung 837 combines art, fashion… Read more

The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum

Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, the… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Macy's Department Store

Macy's Department Store

Shopping in New York is not complete without a trip to Macy's, not only can you stop… Read more

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry exists predominantly for the purpose of getting commuters to and… Read more

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty; the ci… Read more


Hostelling International NY
Hostelling International NY

HI New York is Manhattan’s premier hostel, and is located in a landmark building on the Upper West Side. The building was built in 1883 to help widows of both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and re-opened as HI New York in 1990.

The hostel offers clean, modern, mixed and separate male/female dormitory-style accommodation (4 - 12 bedded rooms) with shared bathrooms in the hallways. Linen, towels and a housekeeping service are provided. Private rooms with and without baths are also available (subject to availability).

The hostel is situated just one block from Broadway Avenue and a main subway line, and only minutes from Central Park.

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