CUYT Design Framework Model (CDFM)
This article discusses the significance and relevance of program design research in informal
environments in urban communities. Design and project based research initiated through the
Center for Urban Youth and Technology (CUYT) framework has produced several Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) projects in urban communities in
New York State. Elements of our design framework model will be explored and defined.
Connections between project design, action research, and intercultural research will be presented,
and the process of design to implementation will be explained. CUYT interventions will be
included to provide examples of how the model works in practice. The action research based
project Information Technology and Cities (ITC) and the Institute for Nanoscale Technology and
Youth (INTY) program demonstrate the influence of the CUYT Design Framework Model
(CDFM). The current conceptual CDFM will be discussed and reviewed.