Engineering, Architecture and Design for the Common Good

The Engineering, Architecture and Design for the Common Good Program (EAD) is an innovative, two-year program for juniors and seniors that engages students with an interdisciplinary STEAM curriculum. The year-long junior seminar culminates with an immersion program in June where students begin their community-based engineering and design project that will become the subject of their senior thesis. The senior design project must improve some aspect of the community experience, either on the Holy Child campus itself, or in the surrounding neighborhoods.

This distinctive program is designed to push back against the absentee culture of women in engineering and architecture while acknowledging that our students are better served when their work has an anchor to real-world issues. By clearly demonstrating the connections between disciplines and peoples, this course inspires and prepares our girls for advanced study in fields often dominated by men. 

The carefully designed curriculum combines the study of art and architecture with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Arts education fosters the creative thinking needed to develop innovative new products and industries and is an important component of the course.

Critical to meeting the goals of the EAD Program, School of the Holy Child opened its new 700-square-foot Design Studio on campus in 2015. This unique space provides students with authentic experiences in engineering, innovation, and design that will have a direct impact on the communities and world around us. The studio includes a multi-purpose workshop and classrooms for students studying STEAM fields. The first floor has meeting areas and work spaces for classes and collaboration. The second floor of the studio provides the tools and resources for design projects. It features a 3-D printer, laser cutter, thermoformer, 3-D milling machine, sewing machine, circuit kits, and a variety of hand tools for the creation of physical prototypes.

Field-based study includes:

  • Participation in hands-on design labs
  • Attendance at lectures on engineering principles by college professors
  • Meet & Greet opportunities with practicing engineers and architects
  • Visiting companies to explore the many different forms of engineering in the real world.

Recent Senior Design Projects:

  • Improving Functional Knee Braces for Student Athletes
  • Application of the Design Process to Building an Underground Track at Holy Child
  • Acoustic Tent for Outdoor Performances on the Holy Child Campus
  • Solar Energy at Habitat for Humanity and the Possibilities of 3D Printed Solar Cells
  • Reinforcing the Importance of STEAM in Young Female Education