“If you can’t fix it, you don’t own it.”

Problem solving, curiosity, and invention are the hallmarks of a successful engineer. The MVTHS Robotics & Engineering shop aims to help students achieve their engineering goals through hands on experience in our 5,000 sf machine shop and electronics laboratory.


The MVTHS Engineering program is primarily for students who plan to pursue a 4-year engineering degree, but it is also for anyone simply wants to have a better understanding of how the electrical and mechanical things in their life work. As part of the program, students gain a working understanding of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering, but more importantly improve their ability to take on and complete challenging self-directed projects.

A student’s experience in the shop begins with a basic understanding of both the theory and practice of engineering. This is developed mostly through completing a series of electrical, software and mechanical challenges which expose students to the range of tools, components and materials used in the shop. Students then progress to defining their own projects and constructing working models of these projects, essentially learning to work toward a proof of concept. Finally students are expected to take their working models and learn to develop a working master prototype, a design that is both commercially robust and consumer-level user friendly.

By challenging students to work toward their own success they develop critical life skills such as confidence, perseverance and problem solving skills.


Sam founded the Engineering and Robotics shop at MVTHS in 2013. Prior to this he spent over 20 years as a professional in the field of engineering, developing and managing both software and hardware projects and is the sole inventor on two patents. He graduated from Tufts University with a degree in philosophy and a concentration in engineering science. He also holds a masters degree in education from Harvard University. Sam has a professional academic license for teaching physics and a professional vocational license for in Engineering Technology.

He lives with his wife and three children in Cambridge Ma.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Noah has a BA in Art History from Duke University, and received his Masters degree in Architecture from Arizona State University before beginning to work for ASG Architects + Planners. He eventually moved to construction and design firm The Construction Zone before teaching electronics and engineering at Brophy College Preparatory. He is a registered Architect in the state of Arizona and holds a professional vocational teaching license in Engineering Technology.

In June 2016 he and his wife moved to Boston and he went back into architecture, working for CBT Architects for two years before deciding to get back into teaching. He joined the faculty of Medford Vocational Technical High School for the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

He lives with his wife, Ashleigh, and 3 dogs, Arthur, Lulu, and Hugh, and is an instrument rated pilot.