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New York Tech Middle School Summer Maker Academy

Program Overview

People around the world should all have easy access to a safe and clean living space, local transportation, clean air, and open public spaces. Unfortunately, many communities lack the ability to provide these basic needs to their local populations.

During this weeklong program, students are given the challenge of building a tech-infused, environmentally friendly, low-impact Smart Building. The Smart Building must meet the main objectives set forth by UN Sustainable Development Goal #11, to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” The main design goal will be to create a sustainable space that has minimal impact on the environment and its surroundings while maximizing the comfort and safety of the occupants.

Students will work in teams to design, develop, and build their Smart Building using skills learned in 3-D modeling, 3-D printing, laser cutting/engraving, augmented reality, and Arduino programming. Don’t worry, our instructors and team coaches will be there with you throughout the journey to guide you along the way. On the final day of the program, the teams will present their completed, operational, small-scale Smart Building.

Major Goals for the Smart Building Project:

  • Meet UN Sustainability Goal #11
  • Unique, innovative design
  • Integration – use of multiple technologies
  • Ability of final assembly to operate
  • Presentation of design/project
  • Teamwork – work as a cohesive team
  • Fit and finish of Design
  • Future concept design
  • Augmented reality city

In addition to the main Smart Building challenge, there will also be individual and team-based mini-challenges and mini-projects throughout the week to build your skills, win prizes and further prepare you for the main Smart Building design challenge.

2023 Sessions

July 31 – August 4: Weeklong Workshop

The academy will run in-person daily at our New York City 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 from July 31 – August 4, including the final presentation on August 4. Transportation is not provided.

Meet the Maker Team: Get to know our faculty and staff

Registration for New York Tech Middle School Summer Maker Academy is now closed.


Jill Rogers