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MIT Design Studios

Summer 2019 Residential

NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential 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.

NuVu at MIT Design Studios is one of three programs that we are offering in Summer 2019. Our three programs span ages 11-18. Please click on the links below to learn more about our full summer offering.

Summer 2019 Bioinfinity (Ages 11-13, Grades 6-8)
NuVu at MIT Design Studios (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School, Gap Year)
NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Gap Year)

Program Details

Residential Program

The Residential Program is available Session 1 (July 7-20, 2019) and Session 2 (July 21-August 3, 2019) 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 be supervised and 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

This Summer 2019, we stand at the edge to explore our planet Earth on the brink of change. We’ll examine a range of topics, including pre-disaster preparedness and post-disaster relief, technologies such as gene modification and prosthetics that extend our biological capacities, the use of adaptive technologies and AI to deliver on-demand healthcare and precision medicine, and climate-controlled food production using food computers to deliver tasty fruits and veggies.


On The Brink

Over the past decade, we’ve seen significant changes in society as a result of powerful forces. We’ve seen a dramatic rise in innovations in health and medicine through the use of machine learning and AI. Urban and rural communities globally have faced massive devastation due to more frequent natural disasters. Countries around the world are seeing paradigm shifts in political ideology and the polarization of politics as social media becomes a substitute for news. With new technologies, tools, and services at our fingertip, we feel equipped to deal with many daily challenges, yet simultaneously not prepared for the unexpected impact of these capabilities.

It is clear that we are part of a new phase of globalization. The trade of goods across borders has been augmented by the movement of data and know-how. Networked machines and systems are expanding through the use of AI, interfacing with humans at an unprecedented rate. Reduced costs for sensors means every object can become part of the internet of things, and a system of data capture. We’re building a highly complex and interconnected digital social landscape where a single event can have an instantaneous effect across many geographies, industries, and groups of people.

During each of the Summer Studios, we’ll use research and insight from experts to inform the creation of products, services, policies, and infrastructure. Throughout the program, students will be working on college and graduate level problems with the guidance of professionals and experts. Our mission is to help individuals, communities and cities better prepare for “on the brink” events and improve living conditions around the globe.

Sessions & Studio Offerings

NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program is available Session 1 (July 7-20, 2019) and Session 2 (July 21-August 3, 2019). Each Session will have four unique studios (e.g., Junkyard Automata, AI Neural Networks, Food Fabrication Lab, Devices for Activism) 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 7-20, 2019
Session 2: July 21-August 3, 2019

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 2019 Bioinfinity page with details of our studio offerings.

Studios Still Accepting Registrations:

Session 2: Devices for Activism, Living Architecture, Digital Street Fashion



NuVu was formed in March 2010 in partnership with PhD and graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our NuVu Team is a group of creative-minded people who believe in the power of innovative education for the future. More information about our core team can be found on the Team Page.

NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential staff includes a Summer Coordinator and Residential Director as well as a team of Resident Assistants (RAs).

Throughout the Residential Program, students will have the support of a full administrative team and assigned residential staff as well as around-the-clock supervision. The ratio of RAs to students is 1:10.

Tuition & Registration

Residential Tuition

Cost of 1 Session (2 Weeks)

The table below provides the tuition and rates for the Summer 2019 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, 2019, 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, 2019 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, 2019. Please be aware that final payment under any payment plan must be received by May 15, 2019.

Refund Policy

Deposits are refundable until March 1, 2019. After that date, deposits are non-refundable. Between May 15, 2019 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 will reside at the Boston-Cambridge Residence Inn which is conveniently 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 2019 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 $5,525 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, 2018. 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. How many studios can I take?
The Residential Program is limited to Session 1 (July 7-20, 2018) and Session 2 (July 21-August 3, 2018); however, students are welcome to enroll in Session 3 of NuVu at MIT Design Studios Day Program on a first-come, first-serve basis.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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. MIT
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