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NuVu at MIT Design Studios
Open to : Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School Students, Gap Year Students

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!

NuVu at MIT Design Studios is open to students of ages 14-18 or grades 9-12 and will be taking place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology! In every two-week Session, we'll be offering three studios that bridge design, engineering, robotics, computation, art and science. Join us this July and August at NuVu at MIT Design Studios!

NuVu Summer 2018
NuVu at MIT Design Studios 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 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)

The following sessions and studios are full:

Session 1: Jul 9-20, 2018
Soft Robotics, ARKit, Robotic Living

Session 2: Jul 23-Aug 3, 2018
Fashion Forward, Future Living, AI Neural Networks




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.

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 at MIT Design Studios includes three Sessions. Each Session is 2 weeks long. Each Session will have three unique studios (e.g., Cyborg Enhancements, ARKit: The Augmented Future of Now, Robotic Living) offered to students. 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

NuVu at MIT Design Studios is open to students ages 14 to 18. This program is intended for high school, post-high school, and gap year students. For middle school students (ages 11-13) interested in our program, please visit our Summer 2018 Future Worlds Program page with details of our studio offerings.


Studio Process & Skills

This Summer, students will dive into a multitude of topics that explore the realm of Future Worlds. With studio topics that include Soft Robotics, AI Neural Networks, Fashion Forward 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 NuVu at MIT Design Studios, we will be offering three 2-week Sessions with three unique studios in each Session, for a total of nine studios. Tuition for each two-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: $3,625 ($125 discount)
Tuition for Student Attending Three Sessions: $5,375 ($250 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 2018 NuVu at MIT Design Studios, we will be offering three 2-week Sessions with three unique studios in each Session, (e.g., Soft Robotics, Fashion Forward, Future Living: Tree Dwellings) for a total of nine studios. Students can only register for one studio per 2-week Session. Students may attend one, two or three Sessions. NuVu at MIT Design Studios is open to students ages 14 to 18. This program is intended for high school, post-high school, and gap year students. For middle school students interested in our summer program, please visit our Summer 2018 Future Worlds Program page with details on our 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.  

Final payments must be made by check and received in full by June 1, 2018 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 checks payable to NuVu. Include the name of the student and studio they are participating in on the check (e.g. Jane Smith, Soft Robotics). 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

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, gap year students, or post-high school students. 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 at MIT Design Studios?
Students are between that ages of 14 and 18 or high school students. Post-high school and gap year students may also attend.

Are you thinking of a Gap Year? Why is a summer at NuVu a particularly good investment for a Gap Year?
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. 

What kind of student is a good fit for NuVu?
NuVu students are young people eager to build things, use technology, and work as part of a collaborative team. 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. NuVu's Summer Team of Coaches and Coordinators 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 at MIT Design Studios located? How do I get there?
NuVu at MIT Design Studios is located in the heart of MIT's Campus in Building 7 at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.  There are a number of bus connections including the #1 Bus. You can also take the red line on the T to the Central Square stop and then walk for 10 minutes to MIT.

Where is the main 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

Is there parking at NuVu @MIT Design Studios?
Public parking that is conveniently located is very hard to find.  Students and visitors are advised to take public transportation.  

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 8:45am. 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. This laptop is be taken home at the end of the studio 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 our workshop. 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).