Two middle school students soldering

New York Tech Middle School Summer Maker Academy

New York Tech College of Engineering and Computing Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences is offering a summer maker academy for middle school students in New York City and Long Island.

The online, weeklong academy will engage 10–13 year olds in hands-on workshops designed to teach 3D modeling and printing, laser cutting/engraving, and Arduino programming, which will prepare participants for the final challenge of building a tech-infused, environmentally friendly, low impact Smart Building. This Smart Building must meet the main objectives set forth by UN Sustainability Goal #11, to “Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

The main goal for your building design is to create a sustainable space that has minimal impact on the environment and the surroundings while maximizing the comfort and safety of the occupants. On August 20, program teams will present their completed, operational small-scale Smart Building during a virtual design showcase. A panel of judges will select winners who will receive prizes and a write up on New York Tech's Box Blog.

In addition to daily workshops, participants will learn more about a variety of career options for people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). They will also get the chance to participate in virtual tours of New York Tech maker spaces.

Generous support from Voya Foundation makes participation in this Maker Academy free for thirty middle school children. All supplies will be purchased and sent to the selected participants at no charge.

2021 Sessions

  • August 2 – 6: Weeklong Workshop
  • August 20: Final Presentations

The academy will run online daily from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The week will culminate in a remote presentation/award ceremony of their designs on August 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Applicants are accepted to the program on a rolling basis. Admission is limited to 30 students. Once the program has reached capacity, students will be put on a waiting list.


  • July 16, 2021
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Leila Dastgheib-Beheshti

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