The STEM Saturdays Program

STEM Saturday Students develop design, engineering and entrepreneurial skills as they create "Technology for Good" to solve a current or emerging problem for their community.

2020-2021 School Year Programs:

Introduction to Design and Engineering

Students develop design and problem-solving skills through examining the needs of their community. Students also learn to take ideas from a 2D sketch to a 3D computer aided design.  Meetings with faculty, students and engineers will introduce examples of current problems and the solutions being developed at Cooper Union or at engineering and technology companies. By the end of the program, students will identify a problem, design a solution and 3D model of a prototype, and present their ideas. Priority is given to students with no prior experience in engineering, coding or robotics.

Topics in Engineering

Students will explore tools and topics that intersect different fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.  This year, students will investigate the relationship between humans and robots and learn the fundamentals of how mobile robotic system function.  Students will assemble and program a WiFi controlled robot.  Prior experience in coding (Java, Python, C, C++) or experience using an Arduino is required

Program Information

  • Virtual, school year program with optional in person programs in spring 2021
  • Saturdays 12-2 pm
  • Meets two times per month starting October 17, 2020 through May 15, 2020
  • Admitted students receive a full scholarship that includes materials and travel to in person programs
  • Students enrolled in a New York City high school (9th-12th grade) can apply.
  • Students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM college majors and careers are strongly encouraged to apply and given priority in the application process.

Applications are closed for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Cooper Union STEM Outreach program is supported through generous donations from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, New York Building Foundation, and The Henry Sterne Trust.  

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.