GCAD Letters

Students from Lawrenceville's Visual Arts department celebrated the new GCAD building with an exploration of our new logo. Over 50 students participated. Their work is featured in an interactive display on the main floor of GCAD.

GCAD Letters Project

Big Red Robotics Competition Robot

As soon as the new Shopbot CNC and drill press were up and running in GCAD, seniors Jack Wragan and Andrew Zheng were the first students through the doors to use the new machine shop. Excited about improving the design of Big Red Robotics competition robot, they spent many hours designing and fabricating custom parts. Their efforts paid off when the robot won the Design Award at the 2019–2020 Jersey Shore Showdown Qualifier.
Design Award Description:
This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. The Design award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot's appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The robot should be durable, efficiently deigned, and effectively address the game challenge.
Required Criteria for the Design Award:
  • Team shows respect and Gracious Professionalism® to everyone they meet at a FIRST Tech Challenge event.
  • Team must submit an engineering notebook with engineering content that includes robot CAD images or detailed design drawings.
  • Team demonstrates industrial design principles, striking a balance between form, function, and aesthetics.
  • Robot distinguishes itself from others by its aesthetics and functional design.
  • Basis for the design is well considered (that is inspiration, function, etc.).
Big Red Robotics Team
Big Red Robotics Robot

Desktop Organizer

by Louise '21
Problem Statement:
The main problem for my client is her lack of organization which leads to procrastination while doing homework and studying. If she were to have a more organized desk where she could place her loose items laying around, she would be less distracted by these various items. I’m going to create an organizer with drawers and other various places for her to put her loose items in hopes of being less distracted, procrastinating less, and being more productive.
Project Steps:


Organizer Sketch


Organizer Rendering


Organizer Mockup


Organizer Plan
Project Outcome:
Through pictures that I showed her, my client was able to get a sense of what the organizer looked like and how she could use it. She really liked the stars on the front flap because, in case pens or other various things were to fall, she would have ease getting them out. Furthermore, she like the compartment for her books and the drawer for all of her random things.
Organizer - Front
Organizer - Side
Organizer - Top