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Summer 2020

In the summer of 2020 we will look at Utopian worlds of the past, present, and future to explore what life would be like if our world were designed by middle schoolers, for middle schoolers. We’ll make predictions to design, engineer, and build inventions to help us live fulfilling lives in these intriguing, complex, and multifunctional Utopian Worlds. Can't wait to see you in NuTopia!

Program Information


All studios are open to students ages 11-13 (or grades 6-8)


$1950 Per 2-week Session. Price includes daily lunch, fabrication tools, materials, and supplies


Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm, with an hour break for lunch at 11:45am


Students are required to bring a laptop, sketchbook, and writing utensil to NuVu daily


NuVu caters lunch daily with a kid-friendly, fresh, and locally-sourced meal. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.


The Middle School Summer Program is located at:
450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139


NuVu Coaches are experts in their fields, bringing specialized skills in design, robotics, engineering, fabrication, and art. Student to staff ratio is 6:1

Sessions & Studio Offerings

The Summer 2020 Program at NuVu includes 3 Sessions. Each Session is 2 weeks long. Each Session will have 3 unique studios (e.g., Girls Design Robots, Battlebotics, Augmented Reality Games) offered to students. Students can only register for one studio per Session. Students can attend one, two, or all three Sessions.

Girls Design! We have a new series in our Summer 2020 middle school program called “Girls Design” geared toward girls designing, building and gaming! Girls are encouraged to sign up for any of our exciting, unique, and creative studios but Girls Design are girl-oriented and female taught!

More Information


Student registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can only register for one studio per 2-week Session. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted for each studio. Because studio enrollment is limited, we recommend that you register and send your final payment as soon as possible in order to ensure studio choices.


An online deposit of $200 is paid via credit card. Final payment is paid by check. Credit cards are accepted for deposits only. Checks should be mailed to:

 450 Massachusetts Avenue
 Cambridge, MA 02139
 Attn. Summer

Final payments must be made by check and received within 30 days of registration. Final payments not submitted on time could result in forfeiture of your student’s spot to another student on the waitlist. If is necessary to cancel a registration, deposits will be refundable until March 1st, 2020.

NuVu Summer 2020 is now accepting Financial Assistance Applications. Please email summer@nuvustudio.org.


Early-Bird Returning Student Discount

Registrations prior to December 31, 2019 will be eligible for the following Early-Bird Discounts:

One Session: $1,850 ($100 discount)
Two Sessions: $3,700 ($200 discount)
Three Sessions: $5,450 ($400 discount)

Multi-Session Discount

Two Sessions: $3,650 ($250 total discount)
Three Sessions: $5,400 ($450 total discount)

Sibling Family Discount

$75 discount will be applied to each student registration for two or more students in a family

If you have questions, please email us at summer@nuvustudio.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Students

Which age group is attending NuVu?
NuVu’s students are as young as 11 years of age and as old as 18 years. The Summer 2020 NuTopia is open to students ages 11-13. NuVu at MIT Design Studios is open to students ages 14-18.

What kind of student is a good fit for NuVu?
NuVu’s students are young people eager to build new things, use technology, and work in a team of makers. They are curious and ready to learn in a new way. Because of the diversity of personalities and interests of NuVu participants, almost all of our students will find their niche in one or more of the Studios.

How do you ensure that all students receive personal attention?
Personal attention is not the exception but the rule at NuVu. Each student is part of a Studio and the staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1-to-6. The NuVu Summer Team of Coaches and Summer Program Coordinator are directly responsible for addressing the needs of each student. There are regular check-ins each day to ensure that the student is engaged, learning, and invested in their work.

FAQ - Logistics

Where is NuVu located?
NuVu shares a 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 Veggie Galaxy. 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 program?
The studio day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm with a one-hour lunch break in between.

How early may students arrive and how late may they stay?
Students may arrive as early as 8:30am. No advance notice is required. If students would like to work on their projects after regular studio hours, they may stay at NuVu until 4:00pm. There is no additional charge for this extra hour. This is optional work time and is unsupervised.

Will there be lunch?
NuVu will provide a catered lunch daily. The cost of lunch is covered in the tuition fee. Your child may bring their own lunch, especially if they have any special food needs or preferences. NuVu has a refrigerator and a microwave on its premises that may be used by the students. Students are not allowed to leave NuVu during lunch unless permission is provided by their parents or guardian. Please note that students will not be supervised if they leave NuVu for lunch.

How long is the lunch break?
The lunch break is one hour, typically from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

What supplies do the students need to bring?
Students are required to bring their own laptop to the program each day and taken back home at the end of the day. Students are encouraged to bring an unlined sketchbook and writing utensils (pencils or pens). NuVu will supply all equipment, tools and supplies needed by students in each Studio.

What should I do if my child does not have a laptop?
NuVu has a very limited number of shared iMacs. If your student needs access to one of these iMacs, please let us know immediately via email (summer@nuvustudio.org). Students are allowed to use these iMacs on the premises of NuVu.

What is the recommended attire?
Students should dress in comfortable attire that can also withstand some hands-on work in “The Garage,” NuVu’s tool shop. Students 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.

What is the staff-to-student ratio?
NuVu’s staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1-to-6.

If parents have any concerns during the summer, whom should they contact?
Parents should contact the Summer Program Coordinator through NuVu’s Main Office via email (summer@nuvustudio.org) or phone (617-945-7716).