Science of Smart Cities (SoSC)
Teaching middle school students technology and STEM concepts for the cities of the future
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.
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.
SoSC is free to attend
Program runs full days (approximately 9am to 4pm), with early morning drop off at 8:30am five days a week
Our campus is located at 6 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn
Lunch, snacks are not provided. Students must bring their own food or have money
Transportation/MetroCards 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?
- Live in one of the five New York City boroughs
- Have demonstrated interest in STEM as shown in the required (short) application essays
- Are available for the entirety of the program
- Are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in September 2020
Important Dates to Know
Application Deadline: April 20th
Notification of Application: May 5th
Program Dates: July 6th-August 1st
VIP Expo: Friday, August 1st (afternoon)
Family & Friends Expo: Saturday, August 2nd (morning)