A project of NYU-Poly’s Center for K12 STEM Education, Science of Smart Cities introduces STEM concepts through hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments to middle school students. The program connects students through teamwork and mentorship and the students learn how to build and design more livable, efficient, sustainable and resilient cities.
The program, developed and taught by NYU-Poly students, consists of four curricular modules:
- Urban Infrastructure
- Wireless Communications
Each module is designed to total about 25 hours of instruction. Through its demonstrations and projects, SoSC introduces students to new ideas in science, engineering and technology, as well as to the scientific method and research practices. The curriculum also explores urban planning, sustainability and healthy urban living.
Science of Smart Cities piloted July 2012 as a summer program on NYU-Poly’s campus. It has continued at other school campuses and institutions, including:
- MS 88 in Brooklyn
- Harlem Educational Activities Fund
- The Chapin School
- The Roxbury Latin School
- Liberty Science Center
Thanks to the financial support Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, National Grid and the Joanna S. Rose Fund, Science of Smart Cities has continued to deliver innovative programming to NYC-based STEM communities.