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Summer 2016: NuBots

NuVu is a place where young students grow their spirit of innovation. They use their curiosity and creativity to explore new ideas, and make their concepts come to life. Our model is based on the architecture studio model, and every Summer we use imaginative themes to frame two-week long Studios in which students dive into hands-on design, engineering, science, technology, art and more!

Theme & Topics

In Summer 2016, robots will be invading NuVu, transforming our school into NuBots studio! And we aren’t just talking about everyday drones and assembly machines - we mean bots in every aspect of our life: interactive toys, fashion and wearable technology, farming machines, surgical robots, automated pets, firefighting cyborgs, even programmable chefs that work side-by-side with our fellow humanoid chefs! As we look to the future, big questions await us: How will these complex machines assist and augment human capabilities? Can we use programmable devices to save lives or avert life-threatening situations? And how can we use high-tech products to improve our livelihood and well-being?

Students will dive into a multitude of topics that explore the full realm of possibilities of intelligent machines. With Studio topics that include Futuristic Fashion, Medicalbots, Robo Food, Music & Performance Robots, Health Wearable Tech, Racingbots and more, NuVu Summer students will be stretching their imaginations, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and friends along the way. By working on real-world and futuristic projects, students will learn about Science, Engineering, Computer Programming, Electronics, Product Design, Fashion Design, Music, 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 designing and fabricating interactive clothing, programming mechanical home assistant helpers, building tiny medical robots, and inventing interactive toys. 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.

Sessions & Studio Offerings

The Summer 2016 Program at NuVu includes 3 Sessions. Each Session is 2 weeks long. Sessions will have six unique studios (e.g., Robo Toys, Racingbots, Futuristic Fashion) offered to students. Students can only register for one Studio per Session, but can attend one, two, or three two-week Sessions.

Session 1: July 11-22, 2016
Session 2: July 25-August 5, 2016
Session 3: August 8-19, 2016

All Studios are open to students ages 11 to 18. Two Studios in each Session are marked “ADVANCED”; these Studios are intended for high school students, post-high school gap year students, and/or returning NuVu students. High school/experienced students are also encouraged to attend non-ADVANCED Studios.

Residential Program

For our out-of-area and out-of-country students, we are also offering a Residential Program to complement our Day Program. This program is open to students ages 14-18 or grades 9-12. Learn more about our Residential Program at this link or by emailing us at summer@nuvustudio.org.


During our six-week long Summer 2016 Program, we will be offering 6 unique Studios in each Session, for a total of 18 unique Studios across the three Sessions. Tuition for each two-week Studio is $1,775 and includes daily lunch and all the equipment and supplies that will be needed for students’ projects. Transportation is not provided. Students are required to bring their own laptop to the program each day.


Session 1: July 11-22, 2016
Session 2: July 25-August 5, 2016
Session 3: August 8-19, 2016

Tuition for Student Attending One Session: $1,775


If a student is attending more than one Session, the following discounts will apply:

Tuition for Student Attending Two Sessions: $3,450 ($100 discount)
Tuition for Student AttendingThree Sessions: $5,075 ($250 discount)

Returning NuVu Students and Families are eligible for the following Early-Bird Discounts if they register prior to December 31, 2015:

Tuition for Student Attending One Session: $1,725 ($50 discount)
Tuition for Student Attending Two Sessions: $3,400 ($150 discount)
Tuition for Student Attending Three Sessions: $5,025 ($300 discount)

If two or more students in a family are attending NuVu’s Summer Program, each student will receive a $50 discount per Session.


Student registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis and guaranteed once families enroll online and send their final payment. Our six-week long Summer 2016 Program includes three two-week Sessions. In each Session, we will be offering 6 unique Studios (e.g., RoboTys, Racingbots, Futuristic Fashion) for a total of 18 unique Studios. Students can only register for one Studio per Session. Students may attend one, two or three Sessions. All Studios are open to students ages 11-18. Two Studios in each Session are marked “ADVANCED”; these Studios are intended for high school students, post-high school gap year students, and/or returning NuVu students. High school/experienced students are also encouraged to attend non-ADVANCED Studios. ‚ÄčA maximum of 10 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.

A deposit of $200 per Session must accompany each registration, and can be paid online through NuVu’s website. Deposits are refundable only until March 1st, 2016, 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 July 1, 2016 otherwise the student’s spot will be forfeited to another student on the waitlist. After July 1, families can still register for Studios, but final payments must be made immediately after the online registration is completed. 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 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 ground-breaking 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!

Residential Program

For Summer 2016, 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. You can learn more about the details of our Residential Program here. 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. 

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. Where appropriate, NuVu Coaches split student groups into middle school and high school-aged teams in each Studio. Two Studios in each Session are marked “ADVANCED”; these Studios are intended for high school students, post-high school gap year students, and/or returning NuVu students, but high school/experienced students are also encouraged to attend non-ADVANCED Studios as well.

Thinking of a Gap Year? Why is a summer at NuVu a particularly good investment for this age group?
The time before high school and 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. While at NuVu, students are exposed to new ideas and new perspectives on a daily basis. The Studios marked “ADVANCED” in each Session are particularly intended for post-high school gap year students, but all the Studios are open to students ages 11 to 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. Coaches and NuVu's Summer Program Coordinator are directly responsible for addressing the needs of these students. 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 Moksa. 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 8:30 am. No advance notice is required. If students would like to work on their projects after regular studio hours, they may stay at NuVu until latest 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 program tuition. Your child may also bring her or his own lunch. 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 should bring a laptop to the studio each day. Laptops will be 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. 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).