Structural Engineering


COST: $3,200
Age: Rising 8th Graders and older
DATES: July 12 - 26, 2020
Maximum Enrollment: 14 Students
 

Explore the fundamentals of structural engineering in the School's state-of-the-art Class of 2017 EFX Laboratory. Students design, prototype and build three dimensional structures as creative solutions to engineering challenges. 

In this two-week program basic theories of structural design (forces, materials, and properties) will be taught.  Students will learn how to analyze a structure and its components by using concepts from math and physics. They will then design and build a structure based on a set of parameters that include cost, manufacturability, performance, and aesthetics.  This program will combine academic and hands-on work to provide an insight into structural engineering. The setting for this course is the Hotchkiss Class of 2017 EFX Lab and the Leung Prototyping Studio, giving students access to several fabrication tools including an Epilog Laser Fusion M2 laser cutter and Zortrax and FormLabs 3D printers. Structural Engineering is ideal for those students who are not afraid to fail, iterate, and redesign in the pursuit of creative engineering solutions.

Faculty

Paul Oberto, Director of the Class of 2017 EFX Lab and Instructor in Chemistry

Paul Oberto joined the Hotchkiss faculty in 2000. He has taught various levels of high school biology and chemistry, and developed and taught elective courses for seniors in biotechnology and genetics. Paul was named director of the Class of 2017 EFX Lab in 2018. He is an assistant coach of varsity baseball and football, and lives on campus with his wife, Jennifer, and his two children, Quillan and Rosie.