The brainchild of MIT alumnus Saeed Arida PhD ’10, NuVu (pronounced “new view”) enrolls students from local schools — both during the academic year and the summer — to focus on real-world projects. In so doing, students are exposed to the collaborative, experimental, and demanding design process typical of architectural design studios. The NuVu Studio is located down an alley off Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. It’s a place where local high school students leave their classrooms behind to design robots, websites, board games, medical devices, and clothing, among other things. But they’re not playing hooky — in fact, it’s part of their education.
Co-founded with Saba Ghole SM ’07 and David Wang, a PhD student in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, NuVu brought in about 150 students last year. Around 400 students have participated in the studio, creating more than 130 projects including robotic arms, modular shelters, sustainable and futuristic clothing, documentaries about Boston’s Tibetan population, and strategy games. Read more about NuVu at MIT News.