Engineering & Design

Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19

What do you want to build? It’s up to you. E&D week is about asking questions that are meaningful to you and forming your own plan to design, build, and test a functioning engineering project.
We’ve had students tackle all kinds of projects, from solving community needs to making great interactive art. Want to build a small-scale hydroelectric generator? An unconventional music synthesizer? Or a robot that just smacks itself into a wall over and over? Join us this summer to improve your skills and creativity.
As one of our favorite makers, YouTuber Simone Giertz, says, “Build new things and fix the things around you. Allow yourself to spend time on what you are enthusiastic about. Become driven by what you enjoy doing.”


Ages 11 - 15
(rising 6th - rising 10th grade)
All experience levels welcome 


Boarding Students $1750
Day Students $875



8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Sing
9:00 Workshop Begins
10:15 Milk Lunch
12:00 Lunch
2:30 Juice Break
4:00 Workshop Ends
4:15 Afternoon Activities
5:30 Optional Puddle Swim
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Evening Activities
9:00 Social Hour
10:00 In Dorms
11:00 Lights Out

Sculpture Workshop Putney, Vermont
Sculpture Workshop Putney, Vermont



Sculpture Workshop Putney, Vermont

Bob Parks has been an active part of the maker community since 2005, when he wrote the book, Makers, and helped create the first issue of Make magazine. His unusual DIY projects have appeared in national magazines and in the Wired to Wear exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Bob currently works as Senior Editor at WGBH Educational Foundation, where he oversees the development of engineering content for kids. He also teaches an electronics-and-art class at The Putney School. Bob lives in Brattleboro, VT with his wife, son, and daughter.

Izzy Snyder attends The Putney School with a focus on math and science. She will be graduating in the spring of 2019.

The Putney School Summer Programs
Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road,
Putney, Vermont 05346 USA
802-387-6297 (main), (802) 387-6216 (fax)

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