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Middle and High School Student Symposia

Youth Lead the Way: Then and Now

Recommended for grades 7 to 12
Free, but reservations required
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join with students from across the city and suburbs to explore the impact of youth leadership in history and contemporary life. Hear from local activists about their journeys toward making a difference; explore exhibition spaces and primary source documents to find inspiration from the past; consider a cause or issue you are passionate about; and create a graphic representation of your personal action plan. Make a reservation.

SOLD OUT: Student Problem Solvers: Design Thinking Challenge

Open to students in grades 5 to 8
Educator workshop: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Student symposium: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Applications for this program are closed.

Engage your students in a design thinking challenge. Inspired by the exhibition Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America (see page 5), students will consider how design
can improve daily life, identify a challenge, and then design a product or solution. This in-depth collaboration includes a professional development workshop for participating educators on November 17, 2018; bus funding for a field trip to see the exhibition; funds for classroom materials; and a culminating student symposium on March 6, 2019. During the symposium, students will share their designs, be inspired by one another, meet professional designers, and have their work critiqued and recognized.


Images from FashioNext teen design program throughout CHM

Teen Design Competition


FashioNext is the Museum’s ground-breaking competition for aspiring teen designers. Teams from local schools and community organizations participate in the three-month competition. Their challenge: create a garment inspired by the Museum’s world-renowned costume collection. Learn more.



Children’s Program

Park Voyagers

CHM is a proud participant in the Park Voyagers program. The program creates a unique opportunity to bring Chicago children and city museums together. Learn more.

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