Immersive Summer Interacting with Technology and Engineering (I-SITE)
An interdisciplinary introduction to key STEM fields and skills drawn from Tandon courses and faculty research. The program covers six weeks of coursework, labs, activities, workshops on scientific ethics, public speaking, and presentation training, culminating with a week-long team challenge, prototyping, and demonstrating a solution to a societal problem.
There are no specific prerequisites for this program other than academically strong students with a strong interest. No prior experience in programming or robotics is required. The curriculum is designed to organically progress such that students can clearly see the connection from one concept to another. Students will use the state-of-the-art software tools currently used in machine learning (PyTorch). Conceptual learning is always paired with practical learning.
The curriculum culminates into the final challenge week, instructors reveal a themed project drawn from contemporary challenges such as climate change, cybersecurity, and other contemporary challenges posed by the twenty-first century. This week-long challenge will be solved as a group to build an engineering solution based on the theory and practical knowledge they gained in the course.
How to Apply
This program is open to high school students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10, or 11 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
Physical Computing and Robotic
- Open-source software for embedded systems/microcontrollers: CircuitPython and Arduino
- Circuit components (basic introduction to circuits)
- Digital and analog data representations
- Sensor integration (learn about a wide variety of sensors and also with the smart car kit)
- Computer vision (with the PixyCam)
- Control Theory
- Direct and Inverse Kinematics
Computer Science and Machine Learning
- Interactive Programming approach to teaching via Google Colab in Python
- Machine learning curriculum taught through pytorch
- Data science concepts: model selection and regression
- Classification, optimizers, and neural networks
- Open data sets
- Data visualization and cleaning
Immersive Summer Interacting with Technology and Engineering is an in-person six-week 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 and the skills needed to formulate and solve technology and engineering learning 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.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA (or equivalent) or better to be considered for this program.
Who teaches the courses?
I/SITE was co-designed by William Peng, PhD. He is an Adjunct Faculty under the MAE Department and has partnered with the Center for K12 STEM Education for more than 5 years in providing STEM programming for High School students.
Courses are overseen by Tandon faculty. Current engineering and computer science students serve alongside these experts as mentors.
Materials Fee $350
Events Fee $100
(optional meal plan packages starting at $180/week and housing at $305/week not included)
April 20 - Application Closes for Preferred Sessions
(Otherwise on a rolling basis until May 1)