Pearse Hub for Innovation
Make things and make a difference.
The Pearse Hub for Innovation (PHI) is true to its name: a central place where students can find the tools, faculty, and resources to flesh out their ideas and bring them to life.
Students come to the PHI from all corners of campus to identify and solve problems worth solving using the concepts of design, engineering, and entrepreneurship.
Faculty in the Computer Science, Design Thinking, and Entrepreneurship Department lead many of the programs in the PHI but on any given day you might find a visual arts teacher working with their class on a 3D fabrication project or one of the Norton seminars completing a design challenge, and more. The PHI also is home to our popular robotics program.
With a mission that encourages students to make a difference in their communities, the PHI supports an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes courses that focus on problem solving for manufacturing, society, entrepreneurship, engineering, the business world, and the common good. The PHI works with all of Loomis Chaffee’s academic departments and centers to support and foster innovation and provides interested students and faculty with the training needed to safely and effectively use the tools in the hub’s makers’ space. Each year the PHI also hosts visiting entrepreneurs who speak to and meet with our students.
Innovation Trimester (I-Tri)
All the threads of the PHI experience come together in the Innovation Trimester (I-Tri) capstone program — an immersive experience for a select group of seniors in their senior spring term. Students enrolled in the I-Tri step away from their regular classes and daily schedule to tackle real-world challenges and offer innovative solutions to problems faced by local businesses and non-profit organizations.