Sounds of New York City (SONYC) | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Sounds of New York City (SONYC)

Exciting program for middle school students interested in the science of sound

students participating in the data collecting soundwalk under the Brooklyn Bridge


STOP: Before applying, make sure to fully read through NYU’s policies and COVID 19 safety protocols. The Center for K12 STEM follows the University's safety protocols and vaccination requirements for COVID-19 throughout all programs.

SONYC will be offered in-person for Summer 2022. We will remain flexible in our response to developments related to COVID-19 and plans can of course change. The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and our visitors is NYU's first priority, and you can read about the University's responses and reopening. If we are unable to conduct this program on campus as planned, changes to program format will be communicated promptly.

Summer 2022 Applications are now closed.


The Center for K12 STEM Education is pleased to announce the second year of our collaboration with the Sounds of New York City (SONYC) project and the Music, Audio, and Research Lab. A National Science Foundation funded research program, SONYC supports a team of 20 students in the audio boothscientists working to engineer cyber-physical systems to help combat NYC’s noise pollution problem. This is tackled by bringing together specialists in acoustics, machine learning, distributed networking, citizen science, digital media, data analysis, and visualization.

Students will be interacting directly with members of the SONYC research engineering team and exploring the underlying science associated with sound. Over the course of 2 weeks, students will get to students showing their expo projectapply skills and knowledge on actual smart cities technologies. As noise pollution is one of the topmost quality of life issues for urban residents in the United States — and carries public health consequences — students will be able to study the issues by sampling sounds, studying sound waves in an urban environment, building devices that make and monitor sound and evaluating how the pollution ultimately affects human well-being.

Students will experience cutting-edge research and be able to emulate and apply what they have learned through the use of sensors, microcontrollers, circuits, and other real-world tools of scientists and engineers.

students recording data outside


Program Details

  • SONYC is free to attend

  • Program runs full dates (approximately 9:00am to 4pm), five days a week 

  • Our campus is located at 2 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn

  • Lunch, snacks are not provided. Students must bring their own food or have money to purchase lunch

  • Transportation/MetroCards are not provided

  • 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 NYC boroughs

  • Have demonstrated interest/are highly motivated in STEM as shown in their application and the required essay

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

  • Are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in September 2022

Important Dates to Know

  • Application Deadline: May 11, 2022

  • Notification of Application: May 19, 2022

  • Program Dates: July 25 - August 5, 2022

  • Final Expo: Friday, August 5, 2022 (afternoon)

    close-up of students' circuitry

    Summer 2022 Application (Now Closed)