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A project of NYU-Poly’s Center for K12 STEM Education, Science of Smart Cities introduces middle school students to engineering, science and technology that make cities more livable, efficient, sustainable and safer. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments integrate STEM concepts, showing how those are applied through engineering and technology to the systems and infrastructure in cities today, and how they might be applied in cities in the future.
The program, developed and taught by NYU-Poly students, consists of four curricular modules, on Energy, Urban Infrastructure, Transportation and 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 continues now as an after-school program at MS 88 in Brooklyn with the financial support of National Grid and at Harlem Educational Activities Fund with the support of the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Fund.
Originally developed with funding from the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, we continue to review and refine SoSC’s curriculum and materials. A special partnership with i2 Camp supports that work, an initiative that will present the program this coming summer at The Chapin School, The Roxbury Latin School and at Liberty Science Center.
Many people continue to make, and have made, this project possible. Our special thanks to the current team of curriculum developers and instructors, and to all the contributors since the project’s launch in December 2011.