Quadrivium Engineering & Design

Engineering at The Hill School is a progressive, multi-year program that allows students to explore mechanical, electro-mechanical, and control systems and processes in a laboratory setting.

Engineering 1 focuses on developing an engineer’s perspective of effective problem-solving and design. Through substantial group work, Engineering 1 explores fundamental mechanical engineering concepts such as statics and dynamics.

Engineering 2 expands student engineers' perspectives of effective problem solving and design, while gaining new skills with the introduction of 3D CAD software; fabrication with rapid prototyping; and preliminary development of an advanced project involving design and development of search and rescue robots that carry over into Engineering 3.

Engineering 3 formalizes students’ engineering habits of mind. Student engineers hone their CAD skills and improve parts design and fabrication processes; finalize mechanical performance of their small form factor robot, and experience an in-depth immersion into the world of data acquisition and processing related to human operated and embedded robot control.

Engineering 4 allows students to expand the engineering skills they have developed through exploration of advanced elements of embedded data acquisition and robot control, and a conversion of their small form factor robot from a prototype to a fully customized chassis with 3D printed parts, laser cut parts, and integrated sensors.

RoboCup is the competitive element of The Hill School's Quadrivium Engineering and Design Program. Students that show extreme promise during their classroom development of small scale rescue robots and/or control processes are invited to be members of Team RoboBlues.

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Director of Quadrivium Engineering and Design Timothy Jump works with students in Hill's Engineering Lab.

Engineering3 Building Blocks:

E3 immerses students in an iterative design process: Needs Assessment, Problem Formulation (Definition, Abstraction, Analysis), Prototyping, Testing, Evaluation (i.e. Failure/Success Analysis).

E3 builds students’ engineering knowledge inventory.

E3 cultivates students’ project management skills.

E3 promotes students' awareness surrounding variables of team dynamics including conflicting ideas, concept clarification, constant negotiation and resolution.

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