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Summer 2018 Future Worlds
Open to : Ages 11-13, Grades 6-8

NuVu is a place where young students grow their spirit of innovation. Immersed in our design process, students 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 2018 Future Worlds is open to students of ages 11-13 and will be taking place at NuVu in Cambridge, MA, USA.

NuVu Summer 2018
The Summer 2018 Future Worlds Program is one of three programs that we are offering in Summer 2018. Our programs span ages 11-18. Please click on the links below to learn more about our full summer offering.

Summer 2018 Programs:
Summer 2018 Future Worlds (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 Program (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Gap Year)



Program Details

Theme & Topics

In Summer 2018, we will time-travel into the future to explore life on earth and outer space. We’ll imagine the spaces we’ll be inhibiting and use our predictions to design, engineer and build inventions to help us live sustainably, healthily and productively in these intriguing, complex, and multifunctional Future Worlds.

Over the last decade, urban centers around the world have proliferated and expanded in population. New interdisciplinary areas have emerged, such as synthetic biology which is bringing together biologists, engineers and designers to imagine biological growth from the ground up. Computer systems and applications, designed by humans and using machine learning techniques, are processing and analyzing large amounts of data, learning new behaviors, adapting to changing conditions, and improving their decision making process with each instance, in real time.

Given all these changes, ten to twenty years from now, how will humans, machines, animals and nature coexist and interface? Will augmented reality gaming intertwine with the real world so seamlessly that we won’t be able to separate fact from fiction? How will 3D printers shape our culinary experiences and culture around eating? Will interactive experiences - combining art and technology - infuse our streets, allowing us to become more aware, thereby increasing safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers? Besides drones, birds and flying cars, what types of flying objects will be swarming in the sky?

Whether it’s humans using their brainwaves to control robotic prosthetics, or aerial drones working with ground drones to monitor and project crop harvests for farmers, or pet fashion integrated with sensors to allow communication with their owners, the future is rich with possibilities. This Summer 2018, our theme is ‘Future Worlds’ and we’ll be exploring all these topics and more while working together to design meaningful solutions for the future.


Sessions & Studio Offerings

NuVu's Summer 2018 Future Worlds Program includes three Sessions. Each Session is 2 weeks long. Each Session will have four unique studios (e.g., Flying Objects, 3D Printed Food, Machines That Make, Futuristic Pet Fashion) offered to students, for a total of twelve unique Studios. Students can only register for one studio per Session. Students can attend one, two, or all three of the Sessions.


Session 1: July 9-20, 2018
Session 2: July 23-August 3, 2018
Session 3: August 6-17, 2018

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


Studio Process & Skills

This Summer, students will dive into a multitude of topics that explore the full realm of Future Worlds. With Studio topics that include Flying Objects, 3D Printed Food, Machines That Make, Futuristic Pet Fashion, Battlebotics and more, students will stretch their imaginations, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and technical prowess along the way. By working on real-world and interdisciplinary projects, students will learn about Science, Engineering, Programming, Electronics, Industrial Design, Fashion, Gaming, 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 using digital fabrication tools (3D printers, laser cutter, CNC milling machines) to design interactive clothing, programming to build mechanical home assistant helpers, engineering tiny medical robots, and inventing soft prosthetics for rehabilitation. 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.


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 groundbreaking 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!

Tuition & Registration


During our Summer 2018 Program, we will be offering three 2-week Sessions with four unique Studios in each Session, for a total of twelve unique Studios. Tuition for each 2-week studio is $1,875 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 9-20, 2018
Session 2: July 23-August 3, 2018
Session 3: August 6-17, 2018

Tuition for Student Attending One Session: $1,875


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

Tuition for Student Attending Two Sessions: $3,550 ($200 discount)
Tuition for Student Attending Three Sessions: $5,225 ($400 discount)

Returning NuVu Students and Families are eligible for the following Early-Bird Discounts if they register prior to December 31, 2017:

Tuition for Returning NuVu Student Attending One Session: $1,800 ($75 discount)
Tuition for Returning NuVu Student Attending Two Sessions: $3,600 ($150 discount)
Tuition for Returning NuVu Student Attending Three Sessions: $5,325 ($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. During our Summer 2018 Program, we will be offering three 2-week Sessions with four unique studios in each Session, (e.g., Hacking Drones, Machine Art, BioFashion) for a total of twelve unique studios. Students can only register for one studio per 2-week Session. Students may attend one, two or three Sessions. All studios are open to students ages 11-13. High school students interested in our program should visit our NuVu at MIT Design Studios page for studio offerings. A 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, 2018, after which they become non-refundable. Credit cards are accepted for online deposits only.  

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

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

Residential Program

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.


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 2018 Future Worlds 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).