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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!




Summer 2016 Residential Program

The Summer 2016 Residential Program at NuVu offers a unique summer opportunity for a selective group of motivated and talented high school students. Experience innovative and challenging college-level studios at NuVu Studio 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 elite 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 the Boston community.

The Summer Residential Program is only available in Session 1 of the Summer Program (July 10-23, 2016) to students between the ages of 14-18 who are also participating in NuVu’s Summer Day Program. Tuition for the Summer Residential Program covers the cost of room and board at the conveniently located and 4-star hotel, the Hyatt Regency, in Cambridge.  This hotel is walking distance to NuVu 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 support of a full administrative and residential staff that are available and on hand throughout the program.

As part of the Summer Residential Program, 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 the 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 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 Residential Program at NuVu will only take place during Session 1. This Session will have six unique studios (e.g., Robo Video Games, Buildingbots, Futuristic Fashion) offered to students. Students can only register for one Studio per Session.

Session 1: July 10-23, 2016

The Residential Program is open to students ages 14-18 or grades 9-12. Two Studios in this 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.


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

The Summer 2016 Residential Program 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. The ratio of students to RAs is 1:6.



The following Studio(s) are no longer open for registration:
​Session 1: Flyingbots (FULL)

Residential Tuition

Cost of 1 Session (2 Weeks)

The table below provides the tuition and rates for the Summer 2016 Residential Program for a 2-week Session.

Group Discounts

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


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, 2016, 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, Sci-Fi Machines). Mail the check to:

NuVu Studio
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Payment Deadlines

Final payments must be received in full by May 20, 2016 for all students. Students applying after the final balance due date of May 20, 2016 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, Operations Manager for details at 617-945-7716. Payment plans must be set up by March 15, 2016. Please be aware that final payment under any payment plan must be received by May 20, 2016.

Financial Aid

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

Refund Policy

Deposits are refundable until March 1, 2016. After that date, deposits are non-refundable. Between May 20, 2016 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.

Housing & Meals

Participants in NuVu’s Summer Residential Program will live in the 4-star and conveniently located Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge located near MIT’s campus along the scenic Charles River. A complimentary shuttle service is available daily and will take students within a 5-minute walk from NuVu. Students will share a double occupancy room with other high school 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 6 to 10 students.

Program Location:
NuVu The Innovation School
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA

Location of Residential Housing:
Hyatt Regency Hotel
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA


Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, included in the Day + 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.


The following forms are required to secure program enrollment:

  • NuVu Student Application Form
  • NuVu Studio Health Form
  • NuVu Studio Release & Policy Form
  • NuVu Studio Waiver of Liability Form

Weekday & Weekend Schedules

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

Weekday Schedule: Residential Program

7:00am-8:30am       Wake-Up and Breakfast
8:30am-9:00am       Check-in and Commute to NuVu (shuttle service provided)
9:00am-11:45am     Day Program Studio Curriculum (see below)
11:45am-12:45pm   Lunch
12:45pm-3:00pm     Day Program Studio Curriculum (see below)
3:00pm-4:00pm       Optional Work Time / Return to Hotel
4:00pm-6:00pm       Relaxation & Personal Time
6:00pm-6:15pm       Early Evening Check-in
6:00pm-9:00pm       Dinner / Evening Activity / Excursion
9:00pm-9:30pm       Final Check-in
9:30pm                     Room Curfew

Weekday Schedule: Day Program

NuVu’s pedagogy is informed by the architectural design Studio where a coach guides students in hands-on problem-solving to solve complex, comprehensive problems. The Studio model uses exercises to build skills and integrates students’ knowledge in a final project. Within each multidisciplinary Studio, students explore problems rigorously by focusing on one project for two weeks. A Studio Coach mentors students to develop their project through an iterative process over the course of the Studio. Students confront the small and large contexts within problems as they are exposed to complex, ‘messy’ situations. The NuVu Team continuously evaluates students through desk crits and final reviews.

To learn more about NuVu’s Studio model, please visit our About Page at https://cambridge.nuvustudio.com/studios/about#tab-studio-model.

Sample of Daily Weekday Studio Curriculum

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.

Weekday Schedule: Residential Program

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

9:00am-11:00am     Breakfast (Optional)
11:00am-11:15am   Check-in
11:15am-6:00pm     Trip
6:00pm-6:15pm       Early Evening Check-in
6:00pm-9:30pm       Dinner / Evening Activity / Excursion
9:30pm-10:00pm     Final Check-in
10:00pm                   Room Curfew

Note: Students will also 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 various 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 on the weekend, students and RA’s leave after breakfast and return before dinner. Weekend/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 2016 Residential Students and are subject to change based on availability and timing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding our Residential Program. If you have any additional questions, please email us at summer@nuvustudio.org.

1. What is the cost of NuVu’s Summer 2016 Residential Program? Are there other fees?
The Summer 2016 Residential Program fee is $5,275 for one 2-week Session. The Residential Program fee includes the Summer 2016 Day program tuition, lodging in the 4-star and conveniently located Hyatt Regency 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 January 8, 2016. 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 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 Summer 2016 Day 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 (2) weeks of the receipt of submitting a completed application.

7. How many studios can I take?
The Summer Residential Program is limited to one 2-week Session (1 Studio); however, students are welcome to enroll in the NuVu Summer 2016 Day Program studios on a first-come, first-serve basis for the other Sessions (Session 1 and 2).

8. Where will the Summer 2016 Program be taking place?
NuVu’s Summer 2016 Program will be taking place at our home studio located at 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.

9. Where will I live?
Students will be staying at the 4-star Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, located near MIT’s campus along the scenic Charles River. A complimentary shuttle service is available daily and will take students to within walking distance to NuVu. Each students will share a double occupancy room with another high school student 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 6 to 10 students.

10. Will attending NuVu’s Summer 2016 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
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