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Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Aliens, Star Trek, Inception, Gravity, Back to the Future, Minority Report…

These movies have taken over our imaginations, filling our thoughts with outer-space worlds, futuristic technology, time travel, parallel universes, and supernatural phenomena. Science fiction creates a vivid space in our minds and hearts that allows us to freely imagine possibilities and stories that may exist one day, or remain in our imaginations for a long time to come. Science fiction also plays a big role in imagining the consequences of worlds defined by certain scientific inventions and innovations. What type of objects, games, vehicles, and fashion do you imagine would exist in a futuristic world?

For the Summer 2015 term, our theme will be Science Fiction! Students will dive into a multitude of topics surrounding that theme, stretching their imaginations and gaining valuable knowledge and skills along the way. With studio topics that include Sci-Fi Vehicles, Sci-Fi Toys, Futuristic Worlds, Sci-Fi Video Games, and Flying Objects, NuVu students will learn about Science, Engineering, Computer Programming, Electronics, Product Design, Fashion Design, Music, Art, and Filmmaking, as well as inspire each student to develop social, problem solving, and technology skills.

In each studio, students will be pushed out of their comfort zone, and will stretch their creative limits to come up with something they have never done before. They will be designing, programming and building robots, creating digital art and animation, designing and fabricating interactive clothing garments, and inventing new toys. In every studio, in a period of two weeks, students will go through the process of learning, conceptualizing, designing, making and continuously remaking their products. They will work in collaborative teams under the guidance of our coaches, who are professional experts and academics at MIT and Harvard. The studios are inspired by cutting-edge research and inventions from MIT as well as the vibrant technology and design industries.

During our 6-week Summer 2015 term, we will offer 3 sessions. For every session, we offer three two-week studios. Students can only register for one studio per session.

Also, this Summer, we are offering a Residential Program for our out-of-area students, ages 14-18 or grades 9-12! Learn more about our Residential Program here.



Tuition for each two-week studio is $1,725 and includes daily lunch, equipment, and supplies. Transportation is not provided. Students must bring their own laptop to the program each day.

1 studio: $1,725
2 studios: $3,350 ($100 discount)
3 studios: $4,925 ($250 discount)


Student registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may enroll for one, two or three sessions. A maximum of 10 students will be accepted for each studio. Because studio enrollment is limited, we recommend that you submit your completed application with studio selections as soon as possible in order to ensure studio choices.

A deposit of $200 per studio must accompany each application, and can be paid online through NuVu’s website. Deposits are refundable only until March 1st, 2015, after which they become non-refundable. Credit cards are accepted for online deposits only. Final payments must be made by check and received in full by June 15, 2015 for all students. Please make your check payable to NuVu; and mail your payment to:

NuVu Studio
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

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


Each 2-week Studio is overseen by a Coach who offers support to students as appropriate to the Studio problem and trimester theme under the guidance of NuVu permanent staff. The Studio 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 who work around the world, and professionals developing innovative products in various fields. In addition, NuVu staff work closely with secondary 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 other things we love to do!

Residential Program

For Summer 2015, NuVu is offering a comprehensive Residential Program for out-of-area and out-of-country students, ages 14-18 or grades 9-12, located near our studio. If you are an individual or larger educational group interested in receiving more information about the Residential Program, please contact us at summer@nuvustudio.org with “Residential Program” in the main subject line. You can learn more about the details of our Residential Program here.

FAQ - Students

Which age group is attending NuVu?
NuVu’s students are as young as 11 years of age and as old as 17 years. NuVu will split the groups into age-appropriate teams in each studio.

Why is a summer at NuVu a particularly good investment for this age group?
The time before college is a time to explore new things. It is a time to discover who you are, what your interests are, and where you might want to go with your life. A summer at NuVu is a chance to do just this—to open yourself up to the world. With a variety of design challenges and engineering projects, students can pursue a developing interest or try something completely new. Students are exposed to new ideas and new perspectives on a daily basis.

Members of NuVu’s senior leadership are often asked to consult with schools and other organizations on many different topics in education today.

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. Because of the diversity of personalities and interests of NuVu participants, almost all of our students will find their niche in one of the studios.

How do you ensure that all students receive personal attention?
Personal attention is the rule at NuVu, rather than the exception. Each student is part of a studio and the staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1-to-6. Coaches and NuVu’s Summer Program Coordinator are directly responsible for addressing the needs of their students.

FAQ - Logistics

Where is NuVu located?

450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

NuVu is in the same building as the Central Square Theatre. The entrance to the building is a little set back from the street. The building is between the CCTV and Moksa.

How can I get to NuVu?
NuVu is a 3 minute walk from the T stop at Central Square (red line). Bus #1 stops are also close by.

Is there parking available?
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.

How early may students arrive and how late may they stay? 
Students may arrive as early as 8:30 am. No advance notice is required. If students would like to work on their projects after regular studio hours, they may stay late (past 3:00 pm) up until 4:00pm. There is no charge for staying late.

Will there be lunch?
NuVu will provide catered lunch. A lunch schedule will be sent out shortly before the start of each session. Your child may also bring her or his own lunch. NuVu has a refrigerator and a microwave on its premises. Attendance at lunch is optional (as there are also several popular restaurants in the Central Square area).

How long is the lunch break?
Lunch break is one hour.

Which supplies do the kids need to bring?
Students should bring a laptop to the studio each day. Laptops will be taken back home at the end of the studio. Students should also bring an unlined sketchbook and writing utensils (pencils or pens). NuVu will supply all equipment, tools and supplies needed by students in the studio.

What to do if my child does not have laptop?
NuVu provides a couple of iMacs. Your kids 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 NuVu’s machine workshop. We recommend bringing an extra sweater; it might get cold in our space.

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).

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