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

Summer 2020 applications are now available - sign up here!


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

Participants will also attend a special Smart Cities (SoSC) celebration during the SONYC program where they will be able to view and interact with example technologies and prototypes made by other young scientists and engineers.

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 6 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn

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

  • 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, 8th, or 9th grade in September 2020

Important Dates to Know

  • Application Deadline: May 11th

  • Notification of Application: May 18th

  • Program Dates: July 27th-August 7th 

  • Final Expo: Friday, August 7th (afternoon)

    close-up of students' circuitry



    The University is responding swiftly to the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to ensure the safety of our community. 

    We have every reason to assume at present that summer programs will continue as planned. At the same time, we are working to ensure coordinated planning in the event we are directed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and/or city officials to curb our in-person offerings. Additionally, there may be travel restrictions placed on accepted students that could impact participation. NYU’s senior leadership response team continues to monitor the situation and provide guidance to schools and operational departments here. Program-specific information will be communicated directly to students and on the NYU High School Programs site.

    We thank you for your questions and patience at this time.