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New York Tech Middle School Summer Maker Academy

NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences and School of Architecture and Design offers a free in-person technology, engineering, and design summer academy for middle school students on both campuses, New York City and Long Island.

This in-person, week-long academy is held within New York Tech's on-campus Maker Spaces, and the HIVE, and will engage 10–13 year-old students in hands-on workshops designed to teach 3D modeling and printing, laser cutting/engraving, Arduino programming, and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. The skills learned will prepare participants for the final challenge of building a tech-infused, environmentally friendly, low-impact Smart Car. This Smart Car must meet the main objectives set forth by UN Sustainability Goal #7, to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all."

The main goal for teams in the program is to explore building a vehicle that could traverse various situations all while minimizing energy consumption and long-term global impact if such a design were adopted on a global scale. Teams will build an actual working prototype vehicle (students will work in teams but will each receive their own vehicle) and also work together to design a future concept virtually by employing the Tinkercad (3D modeling design software) available to them. Students can also create an Augmented Reality experience in which to challenge their vehicles abilities.

In addition to daily workshops, participants will learn more about a variety of career options in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). On Friday afternoon the program culminates with teams presenting their completed, operational small-scale Smart Car and AR experience during a design showcase. A panel of judges will select winners who will receive prizes and a write up on New York Tech's Box Blog.

Generous support from Voya Foundation makes participation in this Maker Academy free for thirty middle school children. All supplies, snacks, and lunch are provided at no charge.

2022 Sessions

  • August 8 – 12: Weeklong Workshop

The academy will run in-person daily, at our NYC and Long Island campuses from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is expected that if you apply to this program, your child is committing to attending the full week-long academy on August 8–12, and the final presentation date on August 12. Transportation is not provided.

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Applicants are accepted to the program on a rolling basis. Admission is limited to 30 students (15 students for the NYC campus and 15 students for our Long Island campus). Once the program has reached capacity, students will be put on a waiting list.


  • July 8, 2022
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Sarah Hessasta