Student demonstrating a science experiment

Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) introduces middle school students to engineering, science, computer science and technology that make cities more sustainable, efficient and safer. Through hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments, STEM concepts are integrated showing how those concepts are applied through engineering disciplines in cities today and how they might be applied in cities in the future.

Through this three-week program, students learn how fundamental STEM concepts are applied in city planning, infrastructure development and the systems that cities, and their citizens, rely on through four instructional units: energy, urban infrastructure, transportation, and wireless communications. NYU School of Engineering graduate and undergraduate students instruct the program, highlighting innovations in areas like connected devices, smart cars, renewable energy, and sensors (and the use of data they collect).

During the latter half of the program, students are tasked with creating their own version of a smart city while incorporating the STEM concepts they have learned. Each team will then present their cities to engineers, urban planners, STEM experts, family, and the general public. Participants will receive public presentation training using improvisation techniques through a partnership with Irondale Theater.

Science of Smart Cities is offered as a tuition-free program with support from The Oath Foundation, ConEdison, National Grid, and Northrop Grumman.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants live in New York City and are currently enrolled age 12 by the start of the program but not older than 14 on the day program begins. Students should have a strong academic record and demonstrated interest in STEM and be able to participate for the full duration of the 3-week program.

To apply, students must submit an online application form, which includes questions about their academic history as well as two short essay responses.

Student Life

SoSC students attend classes taught by NYU faculty and graduate students Monday-Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Classes are located at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn.

Classes are highly-interactive and hands-on, offering students the experience to work with materials, tools, and software programs that develop their skills in research, design, and engineering.

To participate, students must be able to commit to the full two-week program and be able to get to and from campus each day (early drop off starts at 8:30 AM). Snacks and lunch are not provided, so students should bring their own food (or money to purchase food).

Summer 2023 Program Dates
July 10 - August 4

Full Scholarship


Early Admission Deadline
March 10

Final Deadline
April 14