About SoSC

The application for SoSC 2017 will be available in the spring of 2017. Please check back or join our email list to be notified immediately when the application is open.

A project of NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Center for K12 STEM Education, Science of Smart Cities, introduces STEM concepts through hands-on activities, demonIMG_0497 (1)strations and experiments to middle school students. The program focuses on engineering, tec
hnology, sustainability and environmental issues through hands-on STEM-related activities, guest lectures, field trips and service learning opportunities. Participants will learn new and exciting engineering and technology skills while creating a model of their own sustainable city!

SoSC will be held on our downtown Brooklyn Campus, 6 Metrotech Center. Students who are currently in 5th, 6th, or 7th grades and who live in one of the five New York City boroughs are eligible to apply. We will select students and notify all applicants if they have been accepted into the program.

Important SoSC Dates: The application for SoSC 2017 will be available in the spring of 2017. Please check back or join our email list to be notified immediately when the application is open. The following dates refer to 2016 and will be updated when the 2017 application is available.

The Curriculum

The program, developed and taught by School of Engineering undergraduate students, consists of four curricular modules:

  • Energy
  • Urban Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Wireless Communications

Each module is designed to total about 25 hours of instruction. Through its demonstrations and projects, SoSC introduces students to new ideas in science, engineering and technology, as well as to the scientific method and research practices.  The curriculum also explores urban planning, sustainability and healthy urban living. SoSC connects students through teamwork and mentorship while they  learn how to build and design more livable, efficient, sustainable and resilient cIMG_0782ities.

Science of Smart Cities piloted July 2012 as a summer program on NYU Tandon School of Engineering campus. It has continued at other school campuses and institutions in New York City and developed a partnership abroad in Malaysia.

Thanks for the financial support to The National Grid, Consolidated Edison and Northrup Grumman Science of Smart Cities has continued to deliver innovative programming to NYC-based STEM communities.


Summer 2015

  • 180 7th and 10th grade students were able to take advantage and complete SoSC at one of five public schools in NYC
  • 47 middle school students were able to complete the SoSC four week curriculum on the NYU Tandon Campus and receive 10 hours of communication skill workshops conducted by Irondale Theatre. Students were able to visit Northrop Grumman and the Urban Future Lab incubator to learn about current smart city efforts.

Academic Year 2015-16

  • 25 students compelted the curriculum through three Boys Club of New York locations in NYC consisting of 2-4 hours of their week
  • SoSC Was  implemented in iSchool and Newton High School as the potential benfits of the program were quickly recognized


Questions? For information not found on the website, please Email: k12.stem@nyu.edu