STEM and Design

Gain a deeper understanding of the science, craftsmanship, design and engineering of sports cars, motorcycles, boats, and race cars at the factories and laboratories where the next generation of performance breakthroughs are being developed.
Harkness Travel - Italy
Harkness Travel - Italy
Traveling through major northern Italian cities, with assistance from STEM Study Tours, students will gain a behind the track perspective of the multiple applications of physics, engineering, and design that help sports cars, motorcycles, and race cars stay on the road. Visits to the Ducati, Pagani, Lamborghini and Ferrari factories and museums will be enhanced by direct laboratory experiences.
Harkness Travel - Italy
Harkness Travel - Italy
At the Ducati Factory, the students will participate in The Physics in Motion class, which explores the physical principles that guide engineers and technicians in the creation of Ducati motorcycles and their engines. At the Ferrari Factory the students will explore four different areas of research: performance (power development and control, consumption optimization), lightness (challenge of weight and emission reduction), aerodynamics (forces involved, the reduction of drag), and safety (electronics, stability and track control).
Students will also see physics, design and engineering applied to boats when we tour a gondola-making factory in Venice. To complete the trip, students will also be exposed to sustainable food production (FICO Eataly World), art (Murano glass blowing and Venetian mask making), history, (Bologna, Verona and Venice city tours), literature (Verona: Romeo and Juliet).

Sign-Up Instructions

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student applications, Head of House/Advisor recommendations, medical clearance for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.
Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:
Head of House / Day Advisor Recommendation must be completed and submitted to Louise Wright by Monday, October 30, 2023.
Application Survey must be completed by Monday, October 30, 2023.


March 1 - 9, 2024



Includes all ground transportation, flights, meals, accommodations, and any required non-routine vaccines. Families will receive a list of all MANDATORY vaccines. All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines; if routine vaccines are administered on campus families will be charged. If the participant has received any of the mandatory vaccines, documentation must be provided to the Health & Wellness Center no later than December 13.

Target Student Population

This trip is open to III-V form students with an interest and background in STEM. Students should expect to be active and busy much of each day with a lot of walking and exploring.

Program Leaders

Mary Calvert
Science Teacher
Dave Laws
Science Teacher
Cynthia Hill
Science Teacher

Pre-Trip Work

Prior to our trip, we will have 3–5 mandatory meetings for all students traveling with this program. [dates TBA]

Student Expectations

Passports MUST be valid through October 15, 2024; if the passport will expire before that date students should apply for a replacement as soon as possible.

Location Info