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NYU Tandon's Summer Program for Design, Invent and Innovate is a two-week, full-day summer program that introduces high school students to the fundamental principles of innovation in science and engineering using contemporary examples and how to design and build innovations of their own.

Students will learn how to use rapid prototyping tools, computer aided design (CAD) modeling conduct fieldwork to identify problems and gain hands-on experience in rapid prototyping at NYU Tandon’s Makerspace designing and building solutions to these problems. The focus of this course is to teach students transferable practical engineering skills and a framework for innovation translatable to other projects in college and their future careers. Using classic and contemporary examples of innovations across fields, students will gain insight into what features of innovations can define their success. Students will combine these skills through a project they will complete in this program.

How to Apply

This program is open to high school students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 who have successfully complete Algebra 2 (or equivalent) and have some computer programming experience (in any language). Competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent.

To apply, submit the online application, which includes the following components:

  • Questions related to your personal and academic information
  • High school transcript
  • Four short essay responses

International applicants must also submit proof of English language proficiency.

Areas of Study

Student Life

Design, Invent and Innovate is an in-person program for Summer 2023. Students can elect to live on-campus in one of our residence halls along with other high school program students or to commute to classes and program activities.

Students attend classes Monday through Friday and have scheduled time each day to work independently or collaboratively on daily assignments and weekly projects designed to give them a solid foundation of the principles of Design and Innovation learning and the skills needed to formulate and solve real world problems.

Outside of class, students can take advantage of on-campus activities and events for NYU’s summer high school students, where they can connect with students from around the world that share their academic interests and intellectual curiosity. Students can also take advantage of organized field trips to NYC attractions, like Broadway, Yankee Stadium, and museums.


Program Dates

July 28

Program starts:
July 29

Program ends:
August 11


Tuition: $2,500
Materials Fee (TBD) + $100 Events Fee
Housing: $610 (optional)
Meal plan: $360 (optional)


Application Deadline
April 20 - Application Closes for Preferred Sessions
(Otherwise on a rolling basis until May 1)