A PARTNERSHIP IN INNOVATION
NuVu is a full-time innovation school for middle and high school students. Derived from “New View,” NuVu is a school where students explore real-world topics, both locally and globally, and create new views of the world. NuVu students learn how to use the design process to solve complex challenges using creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.
Summerfuel is delighted to partner with NuVu to bring this exciting, dynamic summer opportunity to our students. Summerfuel students joining us at our MIT summer program will work with NuVu faculty - design coaches and experts - at the MIT Design Studio Monday through Friday, 9am - 3pm.
NuVu Studio Processes
This Summer at NuVu, students will explore the theme “On the Brink.” With studio topics that include Underwater Soft Robotics, AI Neural Networks, Digital Street Couture 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 wide 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 Coaches work closely with educators and experts in curriculum and assessment design to ensure the maximum educational impact of each program.
Each day we see robots that run like animals, humans with superhuman senses, and fantastical virtual worlds as rich and complex as the real world. With these technological advances, humans can become cyborgs who have the potential to experience the world in ways unimaginable to unaltered humans. What are the possibilities for superhuman cyborgs, and what are the pitfalls of becoming part machine? In this studio, we will explore the creation of human-cyborg enhancements. Through this exploration, we’ll look at the fundamentals of mechatronics and use microprocessor electronics, 3D modeling software, and rapid prototyping machines to design, build, and activate these enhancements. What was once a theory is becoming a fantastic reality which we will explore through our cyborg creations!
Augmented Reality Games
With modern medicine and technology, we now have the ability to enhance every aspect of the human body, from appearance, to physical strength, to memory. Scientists, entrepreneurs and corporations are using advanced technologies to enhance the body and mind. Yet all of these enhancements come with larger ethical questions as to how they should be used and by whom, and who should make decisions around them. In this studio, we will tackle these ethical questions through augmented reality video games! These interactive games will reflect upon the impact, role, psychological effects and culture of augmentation technology and have users challenge their views on the ethical implications of this emerging trend.
As part of the studio, we will learn the fundamentals of augmented reality using Unity and Vuforia, and will learn how to program and create 3D models. As well as game design, we will conceptualize a strong narrative for the game and create digital art graphics. Finally, we will move to the production phase and launch their Augmented Reality games!
Food Fabrication Lab
Welcome to NuVu’s Future Food Lab. This is where food, design, technology, and traditional methods come together to solve the world’s biggest food and health-related challenges - by designing innovations that focus on the individual human scale. In this studio, we’ll look at the latest innovations and trends in the food economy, and design future food inventions and products that can be used at the individual scale to transform our food culture.
As part of the studio, we’ll meet some of the leading innovative food companies and restaurants in Boston, and see how they are using food customization, 3D food printing, indoor farming, edible and biodegradable packaging, food computers, and real-time biometrics as ways to tailor an individual food experience. Using the combined power of digital design (computer aided drafting, 3D modeling) and rapid prototyping tools (laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC milling), students will prototype future food products for the Market of the Future. Bring your appetite, and get ready to enter the high-tech food world!
Underwater Soft Robotics
Imagine robots that look more like caterpillars and sponges rather than the giant robotic arms that you see on factory floors...this is the world of soft robotics, and it’s changing the impact of robotics in a wide array of industries. Oftentimes explorers, rescuers, disaster aid workers, and adventurers find themselves in situations where they don’t have adequate tools to fulfill their mission or extremely dangerous situations that put them on the brink of life and death. In this studio, we will examine these situations, at times highly challenging or life threatening, and imagine innovations in devices and equipment that can help these users come out unharmed.
Using innovative textiles, materials, and technologies, we will learn to how to design “soft” wearable tech products that will improve and enhance efforts of people working in high risk contexts. Based on the user group and function, we will design, build and program these products from the ground up, test them, and analyze how their products perform. Through this process, we will learn the basics of electronics, microcontrollers and computer programming. We will learn how to integrate external sensors and actuators into our designs to create responsive products. We will also learn the engineering, 3D modeling, robotics, and programming skills to bring our vision to reality.
Artificial Intelligence and Agriculture
Artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, and neural networks are widespread in today’s industries and products, including transportation, medical diagnosis, shopping, marketing, social media, and many more. They offer machine learning-based techniques that can be used to solve large scale problems. This Summer, we’ll focus our efforts around AI regarding agriculture and food systems. Using GPS guidance, sensors, robotics, autonomous vehicles, control systems, automated hardware, algorithms for creating efficient routing, survey instruments, and single-robot and multi-robot behaviors, we’ll explore precision agriculture and automation solutions for small farms. In this studio, we’ll begin by discussing what it means to have machine intelligence. Get ready to dive into deeper learning, and apply it hands-on!
Devices for Activism
It’s hard to imagine a world without devices and not being able to instantly connect to friends and family. However, beyond merely connecting and sharing stories, how can we think of ways that devices can empower a community to engage with other people, places and challenges within their local network? In this studio, we’ll design devices and objects that can be embedded around the city or close to our bodies that encourage civic participation and engagement. These devices will be designed to stimulate participation and serve a larger purpose and action. We’ll look at various types of projects at the intersection of social science, data science, society, civics, city development and AI technology that are engaging people around relevant issues. Get ready to design the next generation of products for people to re-shape their city, participate in civic life, and engage in civic dialogue and action!
Digital Street Culture
Part art form, part commentary, fashion is a public-facing billboard for our self image, political views and creative individuality. In this studio, students will research and explore local street artists and use their work and messaging as inspiration to create “Street Couture,” or high fashion sculptural clothing which interprets the artist’s mission. Students will learn material fabrication including 2D and 3D modeling, and combine them with traditional sewing construction techniques such as machine and hand stitching, fitting and textile manipulation. Students will also have an opportunity to explore the basics of electronics, micro controllers and computer programming to create wearables that may react via sensors and actuators, bringing to life the art from the street to the body!
Designers, artists, engineers and technologists around the world are looking at the frontier of ecology and how it can expand our pursuits for living harmoniously with nature. The need to design objects and spaces living symbiotically with the ecological world around us has never been greater. This studio will explore what it means for a structure to be alive, to have sensory inputs and actuated outputs. In this studio, we will be designing transformable spaces, structures and sculptures that respond to changing environment. We’ll explore notions of dwelling, hermitage, and ecology in order to design and build full-scale site-specific transformable installations.
Through this process, we’ll learn fundamental architectural design skills including drawing, physical modeling, and fabrication skills including 3D modeling, laser cutting, 3D printing, generative design, wood working, construction and assembly. We’ll also use computational methods and material methodology to construct our structure. Get ready to imagine a new kind of living architecture that shifts, morphs and changes with time!