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MIT Design Studios

Summer 2018

NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program offers a unique summer opportunity for a select group of motivated and talented high school students (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Gap Year). Experience innovative and challenging college-level studios taking place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of NuVu at MIT Design Studios in the heart of Cambridge! Whether students are from the US or hail from halfway around the world, we welcome them to explore what the Summer Residential Program at NuVu has to offer. Our program is designed to provide exceptional students the opportunity to explore our creative process before applying to college. Located between two world-renowned universities, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NuVu provides high school students the opportunity to take advantage of the vast array of activities and resources available to this community.

Program Details

Residential Program

The Residential Program is available Session 1 (July 8-21, 2018) and Session 2 (July 22-August 4, 2018) of NuVu at MIT Design Studios, and is open to students between the ages of 14-18 or grades 9-12. Tuition for the Residential Program is all-inclusive which covers the cost of room and board at a conveniently located 4-star hotel in Cambridge, in addition to the cost of the studio day program. The hotel is within walking distance to MIT and most of the Cambridge and Boston area. Tuition also covers the cost of well-curated and designed activities that will expose the students to a variety of college campuses, cutting-edge start-ups and tech centers, and other resources in the design and technology space that can only be found in and around the Cambridge/Boston area. As part of the Summer Residential Program, students will have the full support of an administrative and residential staff that are available and on hand throughout the program.

During each Session, students will be exposed to the rich academic, historic, professional, and entrepreneurial culture that makes the Cambridge/Boston area so innovative and unique. The greater Boston area includes more than 100 colleges and universities. These include technical schools, art schools, liberal arts schools, major research institutions and many more. For students preparing for college or even thinking about possible options, this will be a great opportunity to explore the many educational institutes in the area. This year’s Summer Residential Program includes tours of MIT and Harvard campuses, visits to emerging startup companies, lectures with thought-leaders and makers, excursions to the historic sites of Boston, visits to some of the top museums in Boston (Museum of Science, MFA, MIT Museum), hikes along the Boston waterfront and Innovation District, and dinner excursions!

Theme & Topics

In Summer 2018, we will time-travel into the future to explore life on earth and outer space. We’ll imagine the spaces we’ll be inhibiting and use our predictions to design, engineer and build inventions to help us live sustainably, healthily and productively in these intriguing, complex, and multifunctional Future Worlds.

Over the last decade, urban centers around the world have proliferated and expanded in population. New interdisciplinary areas have emerged, such as synthetic biology which is bringing together biologists, engineers and designers to imagine biological growth from the ground up. Computer systems and applications, designed by humans and using machine learning techniques, are processing and analyzing large amounts of data, learning new behaviors, adapting to changing conditions, and improving their decision making process with each instance, in real time.


Whether it’s humans using their brainwaves to control robotic prosthetics, or aerial drones working with ground drones to monitor and project crop harvests for farmers, or pet fashion integrated with sensors to allow communication with their owners, the future is rich with possibilities. This Summer 2018, our theme is ‘Future Worlds’ and we’ll be exploring all these topics and more while working together to design meaningful solutions for the future.

Sessions & Studio Offerings

NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program is available Session 1 (July 8-21, 2018) and Session 2 (July 22-August 4, 2018). Each Session will have three unique studios (e.g., Robotic Living, Fashion Forward, Bio Design: Synthetic Biology) offered to students. Students can only register for one studio per Session. These studios will take place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA.


Session 1: July 8-21, 2018
Session 2: July 22-August 4, 2018

The Residential Program is open to students ages 14-18 or grades 9-12, high school students, gap year students, and post-high school students. For middle school students (ages 11-13) interested in our program, please visit our Summer 2018 Future Worlds Program page with details of our studio offerings.


Studio Process & Skills

This Summer, students will dive into a multitude of topics that explore the realm of Future Worlds. With studio topics that include Soft Robotics, AI Neural Networks, Fashion Forward and more, students will stretch their imaginations, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and technical prowess along the way. By working on real-world and interdisciplinary projects, students will learn about Science, Engineering, Programming, Electronics, Industrial Design, Fashion, Gaming, Art, Filmmaking and more.

In each Studio, students will be pushed out of their comfort zone, expanding their creative limits to come up with innovative solutions. They will be using digital fabrication tools (3D printers, laser cutter, CNC milling machines) to design interactive clothing, programming to build mechanical home assistant helpers, engineering tiny medical robots, and inventing soft prosthetics for rehabilitation. In a period of two weeks, students will go through the full design process: researching, conceptualizing, innovating, designing, and making. Working in small collaborative teams under the guidance of our expert Coaches who are professionals and academics at MIT, Harvard and other top universities, students will develop essential social, problem-solving, communication and technology skills. The Studios are inspired by cutting-edge research and inventions from MIT as well as the vibrant technology and design industries.


Each studio is overseen by a NuVu Coach who offers support to students as appropriate to the studio problem. Carefully screened NuVu Coaches come from a range of backgrounds and bring a diversity of expertise; Coaches include PhD students at MIT and Harvard, entrepreneurs who are building their own companies, artists who are doing groundbreaking work, and professionals developing innovative products in various fields. In addition, NuVu staff work closely with educators and experts in curriculum and assessment design to ensure the maximum educational impact of each program. Please visit our Team page to learn more about our permanent staff, who we are, our diverse expertise, and the other things that we love to do!

Tuition & Registration

Residential Tuition

Cost of 1 Session (2 Weeks)

The table below provides the tuition and rates for the Summer 2018 Residential Program for a 2-week Session.

Group Discounts

If you are an overseas organization interested in our Residential Program, we do offer discounts for groups larger than 5+ students. Please email us at summer@nuvustudio.org with your inquiries.

Registration & Deposit

Student registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis and guaranteed once families enroll online and send their final payment. A deposit of $200 per Session must accompany each registration, and can be paid online through NuVu’s website. Deposits are credited to the student’s final balance. Deposits are refundable only until March 1st, 2018, after which they become non-refundable. Credit cards are accepted for online deposits only.

Information on NuVu’s refund policy is below. If you have any questions, please contact us at summer@nuvustudio.org.

Additional Required Charges

Health Insurance

All participants are required to have coverage from a U.S. based accident and health insurance provider. Short term health insurance is offered by many U.S. companies such as USI Affinity Travel Services. Short term health insurance is necessary to pay for any medical attention you might need. Please remember that, while “Travel Insurance” may assist a student with travel costs in the event of an emergency, many policies do not cover medical bills. International participants and others without this coverage will be billed for a short term accident/health policy.

Payment Information

Credit cards are accepted for online deposits only, not for final payment. Final payments must be made by check, domestic wire, or international cable. Checks must be drawn on U.S. banks in U.S. funds. We will not accept checks drawn on a foreign bank. Please contact our Admission Office (summer@nuvustudio.org.) for information about making a payment via wire transfer.

Please make checks payable to NuVu. Include the name of the student and studio they are participating in on the check (e.g. Jane Smith, Biofashion). Mail the check to:

NuVu Studio
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Payment Deadlines

Final payments must be received in full by May 15, 2018 for all students. Students applying after the final balance due date of May 15, 2018 must pay the entire bill immediately after acceptance via bank transfer. In the event that space is not available in the program, families will be notified in writing that the student has been placed on a waitlist and NuVu will hold the deposit. If space does not become available for the student, or if the family wishes to be removed from the waitlist, NuVu will return the deposit in full. Any returned checks will result in a charge of $20.

Payment Plan

Families interested in setting up a payment plan for their final balance should contact Karen Sutton, Director of Operations, for details at 617-945-7716. Payment plans must be set up by March 15, 2018. Please be aware that final payment under any payment plan must be received by May 15, 2018.

Financial Aid

We provide limited financial aid for our Summer Residential Program on a need basis. If you are interested in receiving more information about financial aid for our Summer Residential Program, please contact us at summer@nuvustudio.org with “Summer Residential Program Financial Aid” in the main subject line.

Refund Policy

Deposits are refundable until March 1, 2018. After that date, deposits are non-refundable. Between May 15, 2018 and the program's start date, a full or partial refund of tuition (minus the deposit) will be considered only if the student can be replaced.


The following forms are required to secure program enrollment:

NuVu Student Application Form
NuVu Studio Health Form
NuVu Studio Health Form
NuVu Studio Health Form

Room & Board


Participants in NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program will live in a 4-star and conveniently located hotel in Cambridge located near MIT’s campus. Students will share a suite with two other students enrolled in the Summer Residential Program. Students will have the support of a full administrative and residential staff with Residential Assistants (RAs) assigned to groups of approximately 8 to 10 students, with 24 hour supervision.

Program Location:
NuVu @MIT Design Studios
MIT's Campus, in Building 7
77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

Residential Housing Location:
Residence Inn Boston - Cambridge
120 Broadway
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA


Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals (included in the Residential Program fee) will be served buffet-style or will take place in the city as part of organized trips and dinner excursions. If there are any specific dietary restrictions for any student taking part in the program, please include these details on the Health Form provided to registered students.


Weekday & Weekend Schedules

Below are outlines of typical weekday and weekend schedules during the Residential Program.

Overall Weekday Schedule

07:00am-08:30am       Wake-Up and Breakfast
08:30am-09:00am       Check-in and Commute to NuVu (shuttle service provided)
09:00am-11:45am       Day Program Studio Curriculum (see below)
11:45am-12:45pm       Lunch
12:45pm-03:00pm       Day Program Studio Curriculum (see below)
03:00pm-04:00pm       Optional Work Time / Return to Hotel
04:00pm-06:00pm       Relaxation & Personal Time
06:00pm-06:15pm       Early Evening Check-in
06:00pm-09:00pm       Dinner / Evening Activity / Excursion
09:00pm-09:30pm       Final Check-in
09:30pm-07:00am       Room Curfew

Detailed Weekday Day Program Schedule

Below is a sample Daily Weekday Studio Curriculum schedule.

Day 1 - Monday

  • Welcome with NuVu Team/Coach Introductions and Studio Schedule
  • Safety Tour of Machine Shop
  • Inspirational Projects
  • Problem Brief Introduced
  • Begin Introductory Design Exercise

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • Finish Introductory Design Exercise
  • Brainstorming Project Ideas
  • Team Building

Day 3 - Wednesday

  • Research & Develop Project Ideas
  • Team Design Phase
  • Begin Prototyping
  • Software/Technology Introduction

Day 4 - Thursday

  • Team Design Phase
  • Prototyping & Iterating
  • Advanced Software/Technology Tutorial
  • Desk-crits with Coaches & Experts

Day 5 - Friday

  • Team Design Phase
  • Prototyping & Iterating
  • Desk-Crits with Coaches & Experts
  • Mid-Review with Coaches & Experts

Day 6 - Monday

  • Team Design Phase
  • Prototyping & Iterating (students rebuild, redesign, refine their projects)
  • Desk-Crits with Coaches & Experts

Day 7 - Tuesday

  • Team Design Phase
  • Prototyping & Iterating (students rebuild, redesign, refine their projects)
  • Desk-Crits with Coaches & Experts

Day 8 - Wednesday

  • Team Design Phase
  • Prototyping & Iterating (students rebuild, redesign, refine their projects)
  • Finalize Design Solution
  • Desk-Crits with Coaches & Experts

Day 9 - Thursday

  • Team Design Phase
  • Final Prototyping
  • Desk-Crits with Coaches & Experts
  • Presentation Preparation

Day 10 - Friday

  • Final Presentation
  • Review/Critique
  • Wrap-up & Reflection

Note: Students will be at NuVu Studio every weekday no later than 8:55am.

Overall Weekend Schedule

Each weekend, students will go on various trips throughout the Cambridge-Boston area. Trip departure and return times vary, but generally students and RA leave after breakfast and return by evening time.

09:00am-11:00am       Breakfast (Optional)
11:00am-11:15am       Check-in
11:15am-06:00pm       Trip
06:00pm-06:15pm       Early Evening Check-in
06:15pm-09:30pm       Dinner / Evening Activity / Excursion
09:30pm-10:00pm       Final Check-in
10:00pm-09:00am       Room Curfew

Note: Students will be back in the hotel by 9:30pm every evening unless a structured residential activity has been organized and is supervised by staff.

Extracurricular Activities

Each weekend and on occasional weeknights, students will go on exciting and intellectually stimulating trips throughout the Cambridge-Boston area. Activities will be tailored to the best interests of these students. Trip departure and return times vary but generally during the weekend, students and RA’s leave after breakfast and return before dinner. Weekend and weekday activities* include:

  • Tours of the MIT and Harvard campuses
  • Tours of emerging startup companies in the Boston/Cambridge area
  • Lectures with thought-leaders and makers leading significant changes in diverse fields
  • Excursions to the historic sites in Boston (Freedom Trail, Boston Public Library, Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market)
  • Visit to the MIT Museum, Museum of Science & other museums in the area
  • Movie nights
  • Game nights
  • Walks along the Boston waterfront & Innovation District
  • Dinner excursions (Lobster dinner, possibly a New England-style lobster boil)

*These are examples of activities that may be available to Summer 2018 Residential Students and are subject to change based on availability and timing.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost of NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program? Are there other fees?
The Residential Program fee is $5,425 for one 2-week Session (excluding insurance). The Residential Program fee includes the day program tuition, lodging in a 4-star and conveniently located hotel, full board (3 meals a day), all evening trips, entertainment, activities, linens and bedding, transportation to/from airport, and general transportation for organized evening and weekend activities. Airfare, meals purchased outside the program, and personal shopping are not included in this cost. Families have the option to pay an additional health insurance fee if they do NOT have their own health insurance plan.

2. How do I register? We begin accepting registrants on November 8, 2017. Students can enroll directly online and we will follow up with an application. Once completed, students can send the application with all supporting documentation to summer@nuvustudio.org, and NuVu will confirm their enrollment and along details for the final payment.

3. Who is eligible to apply?
Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and postgraduate students.

4. If I require assistance with the application, who should I contact?
You can email summer@nuvustudio.org or you can call 617-945-7716, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

5. Is financial aid available?

There is very limited financial aid available for the Residential Program. You can email summer@nuvustudio.org for more information.

6. When can I expect to hear about my admission status?
Admissions decisions will be made on a “rolling” basis. Our team will review the application and respond to your request with the admission decision within three (3) weeks of the receipt of submitting a completed application.

7. How many studios can I take? The Residential Program is limited to Session 1 (July 9-20, 2018) and Session 2 (July 23-August 3, 2018); however, students are welcome to enroll in Session 3 of NuVu at MIT Design Studios Program on a first-come, first-serve basis.

8. Where will NuVu at MIT Design Studios be taking place?
NuVu at MIT Design Studios will be taking place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on MIT's Campus in Building 7 at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

9. Where will I live?
Students will be staying at a 4-star hotel in Cambridge located near MIT’s campus. Each student will share a suite with two other high school students enrolled in the Summer Residential Program, and will be matched appropriately. Students will have the support of a full administrative and residential staff with Residential Assistants (RAs) assigned to groups of approximately 8 to 10 students.

10. Will attending the Residential Program increase my chances of being admitted to MIT and other universities?
Participating in NuVu and mentioning that you did so on your college application is likely to be viewed by admissions counselors as one indicator of academic seriousness and hands-on learning. However, it is just one indicator among many factors that are assessed in a comprehensive application review and does not guarantee an offer of admission.

11. What type of universities and colleges do NuVu Alumni attend?
Our NuVu Alumni attend a wide range of universities and colleges in the US and abroad. Below is a partial list of some of the schools that our Alumni are currently attending.

Harvard University
Stanford University
George Washington University
Olin College
Carnegie Mellon
Syracuse University
University of Michigan
University of San Diego
Emory University
Wentworth Institute of Technology
New York University
Skidmore College
Loyola Marymount University
Washington University in St. Louis
Rhode Island School of Design
Boston University
Mount Holyoke College
Emerson College
Tufts University
Brandeis University
University of Rochester
Oberlin College
University of Southern California
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
University of Pennsylvania