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Congratulations to the Sounds of New York City (SONYC) Project, who received a $25,000 grant from Con Edison to support the NYU-Poly Center for K12 STEM Education 2021 Middle School SONYC program!

The Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon School of Engineering aims to increase access to high-quality learning experiences, STEM-focused higher education and related careers.

A National Science Foundation funded research program, the Sounds of New York City (SONYC) Project supports a team of 20 scientists working to engineer cyber-physical systems to help combat NYC’s noise pollution problem.

During the Middle School program, students interact directly with members of the SONYC research engineering team and exploring the underlying science associated with sound. Over the course of 2 weeks, students apply skills and knowledge on actual smart cities technologies.  As noise pollution is one of the topmost quality of life issues for urban residents in the United States- and carries public health consequences- students study the issues by sampling sounds, studying sound waves in an urban environment, building devices that make and monitor sound and evaluating how the pollution ultimately affects human well-being.

Con Edison has a long-established tradition of contributing to and maintaining the social, cultural, and economic vitality of their service areas throughout New York City and Westchester, Orange, and Rockland counties. In 2016, CECONY and O&R provided nearly $12 million to hundreds of local nonprofit groups across their service territory whose activities support strong, vibrant, and stable communities. Con Edison employees support local organizations in their own neighborhoods, and Con Edison matches contributions so they go even further.

The grant will support SONYC’s 2021 program, which will be held online.