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 Program - Italy
Harkness Travel Program - Italy
Harkness Travel Program - Italy
Harkness Travel Program - Italy
Harkness Travel Program - Italy
Harkness Travel Program - Italy
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.

Sign-Up Instructions

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student applications, Head of House / Day Advisor Recommendations, medical fitness 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 31, 2022.
Application Survey must be completed by Monday, October 31, 2021.


March 4 - 12, 2023



Includes all required vaccinations.

Target Student Population

This trip is open to IV-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 Clavert
Science Teacher
Dave Laws
Science Teacher
Bernadette Teeley
English Teacher

Pre-Trip Work

Prior to departure, there will be several mandatory meetings for all students accepted into this program.

Location Info