Internet of Things | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Internet of Things

Connecting the Cloud, Your World, and You.

student building an IoT device


Apply now for summer 2020!

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is excited to announce the first Tandon Internet of Things (IoT) Summer Challenge Program. Internet of Things is a two-students by equipmentweek, full-day program open to current 8th through 11th grade students interested in designing and building a “connected” every-day device. From smart appliances to home automation systems, IoT has extended internet connectivity well beyond phones and computers.  These new capabilities enable us to intelligently gather information through advanced sensors and provide valuable information to anyone from anywhere.

Imagine designing a small internet-connected device that informs you of a frozen water pipe in your home, before a potential flooding disaster.  Imagine sending a text message to the same device while you are on vacation, turning on the heat or closing the water valve. How about the student soldering a circuitsame device automating the whole procedure, just in case you missed the notification? Throughout the program, the focus will be on understanding the scope of IoT, revealing the  underlying principles and architecture of its networks, devices, programming, data, and security and introducing these challenges to students through a series of activities tailored especially to promote ‘out of the box’ computational thinking.

The Internet of Things program will take place at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering campus in Downtown Brooklyn. No prior experience in Internet of Things is required. Students having basic programming experience is a plus, but not required for the session. The only prerequisite is a deep fascination with and curiosity about diving into the  capabilities of IoT science and technology to help solve a social problem.

Syllabus & Curriculum

After creating and jumpstarting numerous successful STEM programs for students and teachers, the NYU Center for K12 STEM Education has used its experience to develop an extensive program to explore the student looking at a circuitInternet of Things.  Created by Tandon faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, this program will be led by those experts and their graduate students, offering a unique opportunity to learn directly from researchers and top practitioners in the field who also have wide experience teaching how IoT can optimize processes and improve efficiencies.

The program’s curricular design keeps in mind that learning by doing is the best way to teach new concepts. An objective of this hands-on program includes building a stand-alone IoT device. Our focus will be onglove with circuitry how to gather data through sensors and transducers, processing that data, motivating actuators, and providing access to a device's functionality from across the internet.  We will also learn the process of designing suitable solutions for a given project and we will consider some very important questions like:

  • How do I choose the right IoT microcontroller?

  • How much power does it need?  

  • What communications protocols make sense?

  • What about wireless? Bluetooth? Zigbee? Wifi?  What’s the difference?

The goal is to ultimately answer these questions to provide the best IoT solution to the problem!

student working with a circuit and a laptop

Exposure to these leading edge technologies and thinking about smart devices will educate students on the future of Internet of Things. Along with learning skills related to its practical implementation and usage, students will gain insight into how an idea can become a viable, workable IoT product or service, and will be able to generate their own IoT ideas and design them. Students in this program will be prepared with important domain and practical knowledge and a glimpse of what the future holds for embedded and connected devices.

What will  my child learn?

The Internet of Things program (IoT) is designed to introduce the students to the essential aspects that are driving the new IoT revolution.  The course begins with a discussion on motivation (the "why") and what critical factors led up to the  boom in IoT development including the different industries that IoT has impacted.  After establishing these requirements, we investigate the different IoT hardware platforms, including microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.), sensors, actuators, displays, and communication hardware.  We discuss IoT specific technologies, such as wireless protocols, low power electronics and the latest tech designed specifically for IoT.  The students will learn how to think critically to implement an efficient solution , considering size, cost, and power, that best solves the problem.

Complete IoT development kits, which includes all of the hardware necessary to build a complete IoT device will be distributed to all to students in the program.  The course goes on to teach the programming syntax, the coding structure, and the methods to get our code into our IoT device to do something useful.  We will use our hardware to gather sensor data and control actuators and build an exciting full featured embedded system.  We then make the leap to the cloud and learn how to get all of our data and host it in the cloud, where we can retrieve it from our laptops and cellphones.  Each of our students will set up a free IoT account on and learn how to post real-time information and build dashboards for viewing. The students can keep the IoT kits to explore further after the class as well. 

Week 1


First Half:

  1. Welcome students and introduction session

  2. Introduction about IOT and showcase of few projects that they will be implementing.

  3. Setting up environment(Installing softwares, IDE, compilers, etc.)

  4. Fire drill guidance

  5. Lunch break

Second Half:

  1. Coding basics

    1. Data types

    2. Variables

    3. Printing on console

    4. Taking user input


    6. Mathematical operations



First Half:

  1. Intro to ESP8266 board – Prof.Campisi

  2. Blink Project on Arduino IDE - Milind

  3. Coding

  1. If else statement  - Tara

  2. Pointers - Tara

  3. Loops - Ishita

  4. Number Systems – Prof.Campisi

  5. Logical Operators 

  6. Functions – Milind

  7. Arrays

  8. Structures

  1. Lab 1 due today. 



  • GPIO 

  • ADC/DAC  

  • Hardware Kit Showcase

  • MakerSpace Training and 3D Printing


Day4: ADAFRUIT IO Tutorial – 


Day5: Communications – I2C , SPI , Serial , 

First Half:

  • Learn Communicating between microcontrollers using IO 

  • Make a simple button transmission from one ESP8266 to another

  • In-Class project where each student gets to communicate their ESP8266 with the Tutors ESP8266 , which will relay the signal to either of LEDs(same as number of students).

Second Half:

LAB 2 – Gameday/Calculator Touch


Week 2- Practice Concepts in Class


Day 1 :Lab 2 – Weather Station – 2.4TFT Display Project

15th July – Admissions Talk

  • To be done in class , with explanations by tutors

  • Tutors will code alongside class


Day2: Lab 2 – Weather Station


Day3: Project 1 Day 1 – Touch Screen Calculator - Touch Implementation

  • Tutors will discuss how to implement touch in class

  • Students will already have the back-end of Calculator from Lab-1

  • Students have to program the screen which takes input through User and displays the result.


Day4: Project 2 Day 1 -GameDay – TouchScreen and Embedded Systems 

  • Full Implementation by students

  • Each Student has to come up with either a single-player(Solo) or Multi-Player(Group/Team) game and implement it using learned techniques.


Day5: Project 2 Day 2 – GameDay – 

Integration of all projects into one device

  • Tutors will demonstrate how to combine all the projects we have completed 

  • 3D-Printed boxes should be ready by this day to finalize project.

Submission and Certificates Released , give overview where to go from here (future scope) 


Who Can Apply?

  • Current 8th through 11th grade students. Completion of Algebra 2 or equivalent preferred. Programming experience in any language also a plus 
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students who are willing to take initiative and have achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalentstudents looking at a presentation
  • 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

Program Details

Program Sessions

Choose one of the following sessions when you apply *

students working together on a circuit

  • Session 1: June 22, 2020 - July 3rd, 2020 
  • Session 2: July 13, 2020 - July 24, 2020  
  • Session 3: August 3rd, 2020 - August 14, 2020

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

Application Deadline:

Preferred Deadline: February 28th, 2020

Final Deadline: March 14th, 2020

Program Costs

  • Tuition: $2,000 + $100 Program Fee (special events and activities) per two-week session
  • Housing is available at an additional cost of $558 for 2 weeks (You will need to complete a separate application for housing after you apply to the program. This will be sent to you in an email.)
  • Meal plan is available at additional cost of $340 (10 meals/week for two weeks) and is required with housing

Questions? Check out 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

You must have some experience with a coding language in addition to completing Algebra 2 or equivalent. 

The GPA requirement is a minimum 3.0 or equivalent. 

Applications will be due by March 29th, 2019. We anticipate making rolling admissions decisions beginning March 15th, 2019. 

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

Students who are 15 years or older will have the option to live on campus in Othmer Hall with an additional cost. 

Housing is available at an additional cost of $558 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 male students. 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

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. TSP in ML 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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