Traveling through major northern Italian cities, 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.
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) and music (Vivaldi: Four Seasons concert).
Important Considerations / Student Expectations
All passports must be current seven months past the return date of any school sponsored trip. Please check and plan accordingly.