Quadrivium Engineering & Design

Engineering at The Hill School is a progressive, multi-year course that applies the scientific method from start to finish in each creation, definition, abstraction, analysis, prototype, and test.

Engineering 1 focuses on developing an engineer’s perspective of effective problem-solving and engineering 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 engineering 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.

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

Engineering3 Building Blocks:

E3 students apply the scientific method from start to finish in each creation: definition, abstraction, analysis, prototyping, and testing.

E3 builds students’ engineering knowledge inventory, preparing them to excel in their engineering or STEM-focused college experiences.

E3 cultivates project management skills with each unique project.

E3 prepares students for solving real-world challenges.

E3 students grasp the variables of team dynamics, including conflicting ideas, compromise, and resolution.