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Design and Innovation

Design and Innovation

Monday, August 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - Friday, August 24, 2018, 4:00 PM EDT

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York, USA

Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


Design and Innovation

The New York Academy of Sciences is proud to offer the Design and Innovation STEM Program from August 20-24, 2018.​ Over the course of five days, students in 5th-8th grades will work alongside scientists from some of New York City’s leading institutions in a range of hands-on activities to expand their skills in multiple STEM areas.

Activities include:

  • Using the Innovation Challenge model, where students will identify a real-world topic they are passionate about and work to come up with creative solutions.
  • Learning about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply in NYC
  • Opportunities to meet STEM professionals working in the field
  • Exploring the fun in STEM!

Over the course of this five-day STEM Program, students will gain:

  • Leadership skills through STEM design challenges
  • Communication techniques that allow them to share STEM concepts with their peers
  • Scientific collaboration and engineering skills
  • Teamwork and problem-solving experience

Students will receive a New York Academy of Sciences certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Session Descriptions

Pricing: The Design and Innovation program is $600. A $125 deposit is required upon registration. Payment plans are available for early registrations!

Eligibility: Students ages 9-13 who are entering grades 5-8 in fall 2018.

Introduction to Design: Students will experience the multiple steps to design-thinking and how to address a major challenges through creativity.

Leadership and Teamwork: Students will learn the skills sets for leadership and how to be a good leader in the STEM world, with exposure to real world examples of teenagers who are STEM leaders. Students will practice their skills through a variety of hands-on challenges.

Field Trips: Students will visit a tech company and design studio to learn about how they use design-thinking in the real world. On days when students are not on field trips there will be recreational time outdoors in nearby Rockefeller Park.


Registration is now open for this program. Please fill out the form below.


August 20, 2018

What does it mean to Innovate, and what is all this disruption about?

What is an SDG?

Choose a challenge and build a team

Research the problem they want to solve

Brainstorm solutions

Choose the best design or concept to develop


August 21, 2018


Introduction to CompTIA

Make a plan to develop and test the chosen solution

Build a prototype or model of the solution


August 22, 2018

Trip briefing

Visit an Academy partner working directly on the SDG’s in NYC

Trip debrief


August 23, 2018

Test their solutions

Analyze the results of their tests

Modify their solutions based on the test results

Retest, as time permits


August 24, 2018

Make any final revisions to their solutions

Presentation Practice and Communication Strategies

Present project to assembled Academy staff and family members

Certificates distributed