Hk Maker Lab of Columbia University's and Harlem Biospace's HYPOTHEkids

Overview of Hk Maker Lab

Hk Maker Lab of Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science and Harlem BioSpace's HYPOTHEkids is an intensive six‐week summer program to learn the foundations of engineering design. 

Focusing on addressing a health problem, participants will design, prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program will culminate in a presentation to leading executives from the biomedical community. The Hk Maker Lab projects might then be incubated using the state‐of‐the‐art facilities at Harlem Biospace.

Students will gain  “Maker” skills after this intense curriculum and in turn become student leaders of such programs in their college work.  Some students will go on to an internship component, if available, during the upcoming academic year or following summer. 

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Hk Maker Lab Program Announcements

  • New grant in support of the HK Maker Lab program!

    The Hk Maker Lab is excited to share it has recently the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant in partnership with Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science! 

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  • Invite to Hk Maker Lab Pitch Event!

    You're invited to the 2016 Maker Lab Cohort's final pitch event. Student participants will present their prototypes and an accompanying business plan. Reception to follow. You can register here:

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Eligible applicants for this program must meet all these criteria:

  • Attend a NYC high school during this academic school year
  • Preference will be given to rising sophomores and juniors due to the rigor and demands of the program
  • Demonstrate economic or educational disadvantage based on the following criteria:
    • Applicant attends a NYC high school with a Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) rate of 50% or higher OR
    • Applicant qualifies for FRPL but attends a NYC high school with a FRPL rate below 50%.

*Documentation of FRPL qualification must be provided with application materials (e.g. copy of FRPL application)


The Hk Maker Lab runs:

  • July through August

  • Mondays ‐ Thursdays

  • 10am ‐ 4pm


Applications are due in March. 

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For more information, contact or (646) 389-4475