Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Science of Smart Cities (SoSC)

Teaching middle school students technology and STEM concepts for the cities of the future

A Science of Smart Cities participant shows off the features of a city she and her teammates created.

SoSC will run remotely for 2021. We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2021.

About SoSC

Originally designed in 2012 by NYU engineering, mathematics and education students, Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) introduces middle school students to engineering, science, computer science and technology that make cities more sustainable, efficient and safer. Through hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments, STEM concepts are integrated showing how those concepts are applied through engineering disciplines in cities today and how they might be applied in cities in the future. Participants not only learn about the scientific method and research practices, SoSC connects participating students to each other, and to college age near-peers, through teamwork and mentorship.
student examining a circuit

The SoSC curriculum shows how fundamental STEM concepts are applied in city planning, infrastructure development and the systems that cities, and their citizens, rely on through four instructional units: energy, urban infrastructure, transportation, and wireless communications. NYU School of Engineering graduate and undergraduate students instruct the program, highlighting innovations in areas like connected devices, smart cars, renewable energy, and sensors (and the use of data they collect).

During the latter half of the program, students will be tasked with creating their own version of a smart city while incorporating the STEM concepts they have learned. Each team will then present their cities to engineers, urban planners, STEM experts, family, and the general public. Participants will receive public presentation training using improvisation techniques through a partnership with Irondale Theater.

Thank you to The Oath Foundation, ConEdison, National Grid, and Northrop Grumman for their valued sponsorship and support.

students coding together


Program Details

  • SoSC is free to attend

  • Program runs full days (approximately 9am to 3pm)

  • Please watch your email around the notification date (students and parents/guardians)–if you are accepted to the program a prompt reply will be required

Who Can Apply?

Students who...

  • Live in one of the five New York City boroughs 

  • Have demonstrated interest/are highly motivated in STEM as shown in essays and application

  • Are available for the entire program, and are committed to completing

  • Are entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in September 2021


closeup of smart city robots and circuits

Important Dates to Know

  • Application Deadline: April 19, 2021

  • Notification of Application: May 5th, 2021

  • Program Dates: July 6 - July 30, 2021

  • Family & Friends Expo: TBA

Application (Now Closed)