Design, Invent & Innovate (DII) | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Design, Invent & Innovate (DII)

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PROGRAM LENGTH Two-week summer program
Monday–Friday, 9 am-4 pm
ELIGIBILITY Must be Age 14+ the day program begins (minimum 15 years old for housing)

Tuition Fee - $2850

Your Tuition Fee includes the following -

  • Course Fees - $2500
  • Materials Fees - $100
  • University Programs Fees - $50
  • NYU Service Fee $100
  • NYU Events Fee $100 ($50 per week)

Add-On Fees -

  • Optional Housing Fee $616.00 ($308 per week)
  • Mandatory Meal plan with housing $192 (10 meals plus 30 DD)
  • For International Students - Please note there are additional fees associated with your visa process. Please refer to the Office of Global Services for details


*Unfortunately scholarships and financial aid are not available for this program at this time


30% due (1) week of acceptance to hold your spot and the balance due (1) week before your session start date. 

Tuition deposit is non-refundable.

**For Housing: Students must be 15 years old to stay in on campus housing and 16 years old to use the on campus gym.

What is innovation? What makes them fail or succeed? This program will teach rising 9th through 12th grade high school students:

  1. Fundamental principles of innovation in science and engineering using contemporary examples, and
  2. How to design and build innovations of their own.

Students will learn how to use rapid prototyping tools and computer-aided design (CAD) modeling, conduct fieldwork to identify problems, and gain hands-on experience at NYU Tandon’s Makerspace designing and building solutions to these problems.

The focus of this program is to teach students transferable practical engineering skills and a framework for innovation translatable to other projects in college and their future careers. Using classic and contemporary examples of innovations across fields, students will gain insight into what features of innovations can define their success. Students will combine these skills through a project they will complete in this program.


In the first week, student attendees will learn the fundamentals of manufacturing and prototyping through hands-on activities and tutorials. They will also discuss the advent of innovations in society in the fields of transportation, medicine, and electronics. These examples will help build an innovation framework to utilize in the second week. In week two, students will conduct fieldwork at NYU Tandon identifying problems and designing and building innovations to address these issues. At the end of week two, students will present their final inventions and innovations to their peers.

Important Dates

2024 Program Dates

  • January 15 – Application Opens
  • April 22 – Applications due for preferred consideration; applications are considered until placements are filled or until application closes
  • May 15 – Application Closes
  • June 14 (via Zoom) – Orientation  4:00PM - 5:30PM EST
  • June 17  – Program starts
  • June 28 – Program Ends

Related Research

Design to Invent & Innovate (D2II) was designed by Prof. Khalil Ramadi whose lab — Advanced Neuroengineering and Translational Medicine — has bases in both Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Abu Dhabi. He is an assistant professor of bioengineering his latest work is focused on microdevices that are ingested orally.


DII Keywords: CAD, Computer-Aided Design, Prototyping, Computer Sciences, Computer Engineering, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Sensors, Microcontrollers, Circuitry, Electronics, Coding, Cloud Computing, Wireless Communication, Computational Analytics

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