Designing Possibilities

Every year we set aside two weeks to investigate problems that inspire and perplex us.

Rooted in the principles of design thinking, Project: Pomfret encourages students and faculty to construct complex ideas in ways that are deeply and uniquely transformative. As the program unfurls, students working in small teams immerse themselves in the project process. They imagine and they make. They conceptualize and they create. They think and they do. Faculty members serve as co-learners and journey guides while students investigate the complex, ill-defined problems shaping industries like science and technology, the arts, the environment, health and wellness, media and communications, and community building. The capstone of the program is the Project Fair — where students share and celebrate their design work with the Pomfret community.


Monday, February 27 –  Friday, March 10


Track 1: Artistic Expression and Design

  • Project Runway – Create a clothing line to raise money for a charity
  • Build a Treehouse
  • Advanced Woodworking
  • KIND Art – Art for the greater good
  • The Three Theban Play by Sophocles
  • Improv Troupe
  • Mural Project
  • Surrealist Art in Film

Track 2: Global Citizenship and Awareness

  • Cooking and Connections
  • Cinderella Project
  • Life Skills 101
  • Global Sustainable Development

Track 3: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Hair Braiding for All
  • Cultural Connections
  • Civil War History Explored through Local Connecticut History
  • Into the Untold

Track 4: Character and Leadership

  • Empowering Pomfret Women
  • We Are Fit – Wellness programs for local elementary schools
  • Winter Trekking
  • Never Have We Ever - A bucket list of items and experiences that test character
  • The Happiness Project
  • Criminal Justice

Track 5: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

  • What is the future of technology?
  • Personal Finance – What goes into making a small business?
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Aerial Videography

Track 6: Sustainability

  • Rebuild a Car
  • Source to Stomach – Connecting Dining Services with local farms, restaurants, and food pantries
  • Audio Equipment Repair
  • Build a Dog Park on Campus
  • Permaculture
  • Bike Shoppe

Freshman Experience

  • Stories Matter