Engineering & Design Science Program

Engineering & Design

For one week each summer, we offer an intense, student-driven STEM program for those interested in science and engineering.

  • Develop rapid-prototyping and bench assembly skills.
  • Explore solid modeling in Solidworks and 3D printing.
  • Build skills programming Arduino processors and in their application.

This workshop is open to students of all levels of experience. It begins with the construction of a motorized rover, in which students learn fundamental assembly skills, and extends to methods of solid modeling, the social aspects of design, and various types of 3D printing. The week's main project encourages students to develop their own ideas in the areas of product design, electronic art, or scientific research. The goals of the workshop are to see projects to completion as well as to become conversant in the physics underlying the technologies.

The school has an extensive range of telescopes, and a trip to the campus observatory will be arranged on a clear night, weather permitting. There will be a visit to the American Precision Museum and discussion with their staff about the APM's extensive collection of machines.



July 14th - 19th



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



Boarding Students $1750
Day Students $875


Lead Instructor: Glenn Littledale

Glenn is an innovator in project-based learning. He is that rare instructor who solves differential equations with dispatch or rebuild a farm tractor engine from the main bearings up. The presence of six fully featured Solidworks work stations on campus are a product of his vision. These provide a front end to generate virtual objects ranging from a robotic hand to a set of Sierpinski cubes, from the several 3D printers which are continuously busy under Glenn's auspices.

Engineering Staff:   Robert Chave

Robert's work includes 15 years with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab where he worked on various Mars rovers, and the Hubble Space Telescope. His current work includes a scanner for the autonomous detection of melanoma as a part of a National Institute of Health funded project. Robert is a Putney School alumnus and enjoys returning to support the same type of projects he undertook as a student. Putney's project based learning was the beginning of his career in technology, through which he developed core skills that he subsequently polished at MIT and Stanford.


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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