About SoSC

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, demonstrations and experiments to middle school students. The program focuses on engineering, technology, 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:

  • Application due: Friday, May 6th, 2016

  • You will be notified by Monday, May 30th, 2016 if the applicant has been accepted or wait listed.

  • Mandatory Orientation for accepted students, only: Thursday, June 30th, 2016 

  • Program (students must be able to attend full-time): Weekdays, July 5 – July 30, 2016 from 9AM to 4PM

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 cities.

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 Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, National Grid, Consolidated Edison, The Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Fund, and Forest City Ratner Companies, Science of Smart Cities has continued to deliver innovative programming to NYC-based STEM communities.