Automation, Robotics and Coding | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Automation, Robotics and Coding

Robotics program for High School Students

students working on robotics

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NYU Tandon's Summer Program for Automation Robotics and Coding (SPARC) is a two-week, full-day summer program for introducing rising 9th through 12th high school students to the basics of robotics, mechatronics and programming on the NYU Tandon Downtown Brooklyn campus. SPARC is best suited for academically strong students with an interest, but not necessarily experience in robotics.

SPARC has been designed keeping in mind that learning by doing is the best way to teach newtext on a screen display concepts. Throughout the program, our focus will be on providing extensive hands-on experience to students through a series of activities, tailored especially for challenging young minds and encouraging ‘Out of the Box’ thinking.

Curriculum Overview

After creating and jumpstarting numerous successful STEM programs for students and teachers, NYU Center for K12 STEM Education has used its experience to develop an extensive program in exploration in the field of Mechatronics. The workshops will be conducted by experts in the field who have been teaching extensively and addressing audiences worldwide.

wheeled robots line Students will learn how to use micro-controllers, interface sensors and actuators through the components provided in the robotic kit. Along with practical implementation, they will be given an insight into the history of robotics, and a glimpse of what the future holds for the automation industry and those who are a part of it.

Who Can Apply?

  • Students entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in September 2019
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students who are willing to take initiative
  • Applicants with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math

*International students are welcome to apply but should be aware they are required to submit proof of English language proficiency and apply for a student visa.  For more information check out the FAQ below. 


Program Details

Program Sessions and Times

Choose one of the following sessions when you apply *

  • Session 1: June 17, 2019 - June 28, 2019 
  • Session 2: July 8, 2019 - July 19, 2019
  • Session 3: July 29, 2019 - August 9, 2019 

*Orientation for all sessions will be the Sunday before beginning at 4pm.

Application Time Frame

Applications will be due by March 3rd, 2019. We anticipate first-round decisions will be released by March 15th.students working on a robot

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $2,000 + $100 Program Fee (special events and activities) per two-week session
  • Housing is available at an additional cost of $534 for 2 weeks
  • Meal plan is available at additional cost of $340 (10 meals/week for two weeks) and is required with housing

Questions? Check our our FAQ below or Contact us at or 646.997.3524 


Financial Questions

The total cost for tuition $2,000.00 plus $100.00 to cover program fees. We ask for $1,000.00 to be paid at the time of acceptance in order to officially hold your spot. The other $1,100.00 will be due by the week before your session start date. The tuition deposit is non-refundable.

Unfortunately, we do not offer scholarships or financial aid at this time. However, the K12 STEM Center does offer many free programs which you may qualify for. 

Program Questions

Robotics can be considered a “mashup” of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science concepts that can be used to solve real world problems through automation and technology.

Nope! No past experience is necessary!

Yes! Our talented instructors are working on a curriculum that allows for differentiation of skill level, so that everyone will be participating and learning something new.

No, there is no minimum GPA! 

There is not official due date for applications. However students are accepted on a rolling basis so the sooner you apply the more chance you have of obtaining a spot!

Our programs are overseen by Tandon faculty, and we recruit current engineering and computer science students to serve alongside these experts as teachers and mentors.  Every classroom will have a minimum of one graduate student instructor, and at least one additional instructor will be assigned to each class of (maximum) 24 students.   

Housing Questions

Yes! Students will have the option to live on campus in Othmer Hall with an additional cost. 

Housing is available at an additional cost of $534 for 2 weeks

Yes, female students will only share a room with other females and male students with other males. However the floors are coed, and each room has an enclosed bathroom. So female students may be living next door to males. Additionally, roommate requests are not allowed at this time.

The meal plans available are:
17 meals + $30 dining dollars = $242/week
12 meals + $30 dining dollars = $187/week
10 meals and $30 Dining Dollars per week: $170/week (automatic for residential students)
8 meals and $30 Dining Dollars per week: $149/week (commuter students only)

Please note that residential students must have a minimum of 10 meals/week for their meal plan.

If you are living on campus, the required meal plan is 10 meals/week which will cover food for Monday - Friday. The meal plan also comes with $30 dining dollars per week which can be used the on campus cafe/shop. However students are encouraged to explore Brooklyn area and are welcome to eat in local restaurants on weekends. 

We will offer a variety of events and activities outside of class in the evenings and on weekends. These events are optional but highly recommended. Students are also given the option to explore the city during their free time, as long as they return before curfew. Parents should note that we are not a closed campus, therefore we cannot prevent anyone from leaving campus during the daytime. We encourage students and parents to discuss off campus exploration prior to the program to determine what you feel comfortable with in regards to leaving campus.

11pm Sunday through Thursday and 12am Friday and Saturday. 

International Students

We require two extra things: 

1. A student visa such as the F-1

2. Proof of English Language Proficiency: acceptable proofs include...

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) 
  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic) 
  • C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency) 
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 
  • iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) 

Unfortunately no. SPARC is an academic program therefore we require a student visa such as an F-1 or J-1. B-1/B-2 or ESTA visas are not permitted. NYU’s Office of Global Services will be able to assist incoming students with obtaining their visas.

No, you qualify as long as you are currently residing in the United States and are attending an native-English speaking school.

Exemption will be given in the following circumstances: 

  • If your native language is English; If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full years at the time of your application; 
  • or If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.  

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Summer 2019 Application (Closed)

The Summer 2019 Application is now closed, thank you to all who applied!