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Our Innovation Camp engages participants in the innovation process. This 5-day camp will get your creative juices flowing as you gain first hand experience working in a collaborative studio environment. You’ll learn how to use a framework of innovation and enabling technologies to develop your problem solving skills with the intent of integrating this creative mindset within your school, organization or company.


Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28, 2019

9am to 3pm with lunch break from 12-1pm


Tracks & Offerings

Studio Track

Who Should Attend

The "Studio" Track of our Innovation Camp is for educators, instructional coaches, facilitators, professionals, makers-to-be, design enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the hands-on innovation process. Participants will experience NuVu’s studio model and design process through hands-on projects and learn how to integrate this creative mindset within their school, classroom, or professional environment. If you have an interest in design education or the innovation process, then our Studio Innovation Camp is for you!

What You Will Learn

During the 5-day camp, participants will:

  • Experience hands-on creative problem solving using a framework of innovation
  • Gain insight into how NuVu's framework for innovation can be applied in your classroom, school, program, or collaborative environment
  • Collaborate with others to design projects while going through the design process with the support of our expert Coaches
  • Learn to use digital fabrication tools, digital software, and enabling technologies (3D modeling, 3D printers, laser cutters, physical computing, programmable microcontrollers, wearable electronics)
  • Acquire fabrication and making skills
  • Connect with others interested in creative education, design, and innovation


More info on the schedule and other details can be found here.


Big Picture Track

Who Should Attend

The “Big Picture” Track of our Innovation Camp is for administrators, heads of school, technology coordinators, R&D directors, department heads, makerspace and fablab coordinators, program directors, and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of how a studio model works from a broader perspective. Participants will experience NuVu’s studio model with a focus on the processes and methods used to implement creative education. If you have an interest in learning how to integrate creative thinking and design education into your program or school, then our Big Picture Innovation Camp is for you!

What You Will Learn

During the 5-day camp, participants will:

  • Learn about NuVu’s studio model and our framework of innovation
  • Develop ideas for how to integrate creative education and innovative curriculum into your school, makerspace, or organization
  • Understand the digital fabrication tools, enabling technologies, and digital software used at NuVu to support the design studio and how to set up a “makerspace”
  • Develop specific studios to be implemented at your school or organization
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of implementing a studio-based program in various learning environments
  • Connect with other leaders interested in creative education, design, and innovation


More info on the schedule and other details can be found here.


Enrollment Details


The cost for the Summer Innovation Camp is $1950 per participant and includes all materials and supplies for projects. Lunch is NOT included. Each participant is required to bring their own laptop to the program each day.


In order to register, please email us at nuvu@nuvustudio.org with "Innovation Camp" in the title, and we will send you a form to fill with the names of participants or number of spots that your school would like to confirm, Session date, and selection of Track (Studio or Big Picture).

We encourage schools, organizations and companies to organize small teams to participate in the Innovation Camp for maximum effectiveness. Our hands-on Innovation Camp enables teams to uncover ideas and develop a plan of action to execute back at their home school.

Registration for NuVu’s Innovation Camp closes on June 10th, 2019. Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis and guaranteed once schools or participants send their final payment.

Final payments must be made by check and received in full by June 10th, 2019 otherwise the spot(s) will be forfeited to another participant or school on the waitlist. Please make your check payable to NuVu, and mail the payment to:

NuVu Studio
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

If you have questions or are interested in enrolling in the Innovation Camp, please email us at nuvu@nuvustudio.org.

Our Model

NuVu is an innovation school for middle and high school students whose pedagogy is based on the architectural studio model in which students learn through hands-on collaborative projects. While at NuVu, students engage in a rigorous design process that includes brainstorming, prototyping, iteration and review, all the while working collaboratively to solve complex real-world problems. Our studio model promotes creativity, critical thinking and innovation skills.


Led by dynamic and passionate members of the NuVu Team and Coaching staff, participants will leave the Innovation Camp with an actionable plan and infused with innovation skills. NuVu Coaches come from a range of backgrounds and bring a diversity of expertise; Coaches include PhD students at MIT and Harvard, entrepreneurs who have their own companies, artists working around the world, and professionals developing innovative products in various fields. Please visit our Team page to learn more about our permanent staff, who we are, our diverse expertise, and things that we love to do. We would also like to commemorate Edith Ackerman, professor and visiting scientist at the Media Lab, who passed away at the end of December 2016. Edith was one of our advisors and gave us tremendous guidance and support on many of our programs, including our Summer Innovation Camp. We will miss her dearly. She leaves behind a strong legacy of lifelong learning that we will keep alive at NuVu for years to come.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the Innovation Camp for Educators?

If you are a teacher, administrator, technology director, department head, district leader, instructional coach/facilitator, organizer, maker, design enthusiast or professional with an interest in design education or the innovation process, then our Innovation Camp is for you. If you are eager to build new things, use technology in novel ways, and ready to design and implement hands-on studio-based experiences in your school, then you will find the camp to be an extremely enriching experience

Where is NuVu located?

NuVu shares the building with Central Square Theatre. The entrance to the building is set back from the main street and located in the building between CCTV and Fabrica Central. Our address is:

450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

How can I get to NuVu?

NuVu is a 3 minute walk from the T stop at Central Square (Red Line). There are a number of bus connections including the #1 Bus.

Is there parking?

Metered parking spots are available in front of the building. Garage parking is available on 22 Green Street; near the Shaws Supermarket.

What are the hours of the Innovation Camp?

The studio day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break in between.

What supplies do the participants need to bring?

Participants should bring a laptop to the studio each day. Laptops will be taken back home at the end of the day. Participants are encouraged to bring an unlined sketchbook and writing utensils (pencils or pens). NuVu will supply all equipment, tools and supplies needed by the participants during the week.

What is the recommended attire?

Participants should dress in comfortable attire that can also withstand some hands-on work in “The Garage,” NuVu’s tool shop. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops). We recommend bringing an extra sweater; it might get cold in our space due to the AC over the Summer.