STEM Saturdays WINTER Program

Applications are closed for the winter session. To be notified via email when spring and summer applications open, complete the STEM Interest Form.

This special winter session meets four times.  In each class, students learn design thinking and skills needed to complete projects.  

Redesigning Plastic Recyling: Create design for new products using recycled plastic and learn Computer-Aided Design (CAD) plus 3D printing.

Intro Robotics with Python: Program a microcontroller using Python and create algorithms to make a robot move and interact with its environment.

Musical Instrument Design: Explore the science of musical instrument design and learn Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and laser cutting to create a stringed instrument.

Classes meet Saturdays, January 20, January 27,  February 3 and February 10, 2024 at 41 Cooper Square.  All classes start at 10 am  and end at 4 pm.


Students can apply if they: 

Priority given to students with no prior experience in engineering and no access to engineering at their school.

Women and individuals who identify with groups historically excluded from STEM careers, including Black, Latino/a,  LGBTQ+, and Neurodiverse people, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications due December 13, 2023. 

Program Information

Students are required to attend all class meetings.  Students that miss more than one class for any reason, including illness, will be moved to the spring or summer program.

There is no cost for admitted students. Materials, lunch, and metrocard provided.

The Cooper Union STEM Outreach program is supported through generous donations from the The Pinkerton Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Thornton Tomasetti, and The Henry Sterne Trust.  

  • 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.