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

Sounds of New York City (SONYC)

On Campus
No Cost

students participating in the data collecting soundwalk under the Brooklyn Bridge



PROGRAM LENGTH Three-week summer program
Monday–Friday, 9 am-4 pm
ELIGIBILITY Age 12 by the start of the program but not older than 14 on the day program begins
NYC Residents
TUITION Full Scholarship

*Early Drop-Off is Available for a fee of $25 a week (Details provided upon acceptance into the program)

SONYC is an introduction to the study of noise pollution, one of the topmost quality-of-life issues for urban residents in the United States and particularly in NYC. Students will be able to study the public health consequences of sound by sampling sounds, studying sound waves in local communities, building devices that make and monitor sound, and evaluating how pollution ultimately affects human well-being. Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge they learn by creating actual smart city technologies that they present at an end-of-program expo.


This program will deepen student knowledge of engineering, physical and computer sciences, and natural phenomena like waves and sound, this program engages interest in STEM skills, studies, research, and careers. Through cutting-edge, hands-on curriculum and activities SONYC students learn how microcontrollers, sensors and other hardware work; explore circuitry, electronics and coding; and understand how scientists and engineers apply fundamental knowledge, STEM-based skills, and innovative solutions to challenges in the real world. Students develop projects, demonstrations and final presentations in a materials-rich environment.Additionally, SONYC students participate in Irondale, a mandatory program led by theater-teaching artists who use improv to boost communication and public speaking skills, adding a unique dimension to their learning experience.

Important Dates

2024 Program Dates

  • Application Opens: February 1
  • Final Deadline: April 29
  • Notification of Acceptance: Week of May 15
  • Orientation:June 28(via Zoom 1:00 - 4:00PM EST)
  • Program Starts: July 8
  • Program Ends: August 2
  • Final Presentations: August 2
  • Holiday: July 4

My favorite part of SONYC was using the mixing board in the recording studio. I never used one before so it was cool to learn how to use one. I also enjoyed building a circuit with a breadboard and Arduino and later coding it."

Related Research

SONYC comes straight from ProfessorJuan Bello's Music Audio Research Lab and a National Science Foundation research collaboration with Tandon faculty Luke DuBois (integrated design and media, Claudio Silva (computer science, and Oded Nov (technology and culture).


SONYC’s Keywords: Physical computing, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Sound Waves, Sensors, Microcontrollers, Circuitry, Electronics, Coding