Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year!

The 2017-2018 school year is under way and many exciting opportunities await the students in the North Penn Engineering Academy this year!

Please be sure to check back often for news and updates!



 NPHS Engineering Academy Application

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019
North Penn High School Engineering Academy!

Please follow the link below to apply to the
2018-2019 NPHS Engineering Academy!

Please Click Here
for More Information and to Apply

**North Penn Students:
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NP Engineering Academy Course Information

Course Number

Level Course Title  
5456 6.0 H IED - Introduction to Engineering Design  
5466 6.0 H POE - Principles of Engineering  
5476 6.0 H DE - Digital Electronics  
5486 6.0 H CIM - Computer Integrated Manufacturing  
5496 6.0 H EDD - Engineering Design and Development  
2907 6.5 AP CSP - AP Computer Science Principles  




2nd Annual Girls Engineering Night   |   February 13, 2018
Presented by the Drexel Society of Women Engineers
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, over 75 girls from North Penn's three middle schools participated in the 2nd Annual SWE 2018 Girls Engineering Night!

The girls were led by students from Drexel University's Society of Women Engineers in a series of activities in the chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering fields!

Please click here to read a Knight Crier article about the evening!


Student Opportunity:
Drexel University: Arduino Workshop

Drexel IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is organizing an Arduino workshop for 8th - 10th grade children. This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to working with Arduino Unos. The children will learn how to program the Arduino Uno to perform different tasks. During the workshop, we will introduce the children to the basic concepts of Arduinos and we will end the workshop with a fun mini project that reinforces all the concepts.

Location: 3140 Market Street, Rm 605, Philadelphia, PA-19104.

Date: 27th January 2018

Time: 10 am - 2 pm   |   Lunch will be provided!!

We have only 30 spots open for this workshop, so register soon!! 

Please contact Mannika Kshettry (IEEE Outreach Chair at mk3442@drexel.edu or mannika@drexel.edu for any questions.



BlocksCAD Snowflake Challenge

Thingiverse challenges you to create a design for a snowflake using BlocksCAD, a free online software designed to teach coding and Computer Aided Design.

There's a chance to win a new MakerBot Replicator!

Please visit their website for more information:

Let it snow!



North Penn Model Aviation Club:
Winter Blues Indoor RC Fun-Fly   |   March 17, 2018

Hello, fellow RC pilots!

We're just under two months away from our 2018 North Penn Winter Blues Indoor Fun-Fly event, but I wanted to make sure you know about it, and I truly hope you can make it. As always, we'll need your help spreading the word about the event this year. We're going from 9am to 4pm on March 17th, 2018 at North Penn High School in Lansdale (Pa, 19446).  Let's have a great showing for the event this year! See you on March 17th!

Check the RCGroups link here for more information:

If interested in sponsoring or becoming a vendor at our event please inquire.



Student Opportunity: Rowan University
IEEE's ProfHacks 2018   |   February 24-15, 2018

ProfHacks is a 24 hour hackathon that will be held at Rowan University on February 24th and 25th. Participants have 24 hours to design hardware or software projects and present them for a chance to win prizes!

This is a fantastic opportunity for high school students interested in engineering or computer science to learn some new skills, meet other students with similar interests, and have fun! The best part is it's completely free!
  Visit www.profhacks.com for more information!



North Penn Model Aviation Club:
Model Aviation Club Gets Published in ParkPilot Magazine and Online!

Under the enthusiastic direction of Mike Voicheck, the North Penn (MAC) (Model Aviation Club) operated its eighth open-door Winter Blues indoor event on March 18, 2017.  The North Penn MAC meets after school on Wednesdays to build and fly model aircraft.  Through this program, Mike's students learn about aviation, engineering, and science, as well as how to build and fly RC models.

Please click here to read the article.




Lansdale, PA (May 8, 2017) - Students of the North Penn High School Engineering Academy will be presenting their nanotechnology and engineering research on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the audion at North Penn High School. 

Throughout the evening, students will present innovative ways they have designed and tested solutions to tackle some of the most pressing energy, healthcare and environmental problems facing our world today.  Their innovative approaches to problem solving, experimental design and STEM research was made possible through generous grant funding from the North Penn Educational Foundation, the Dow Chemical

Company, the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and many other leading businesses and organizations.

Following the first half of the presentation in the Audion, there will be a poster session in the auxiliary gymnasium for questions and answers, demonstrations of their research, a scanning electron microscope demonstration from Hitachi and Angstrom Scientific, demonstrations and examples of work from other courses in the engineering academy and much more! 


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Michael Boyer

North Penn High School
Technology and Engineering Education Department Chair
1340 S. Valley Forge Road
Lansdale, PA 19446

215.368.9800 x1325



Giving Back to the North Penn Educational Foundation

The North Penn High School Model Aviation Club (NPMAC) and the Technology and Engineering Department teamed up to raise funds for the North Penn Educational Foundation on Saturday, March 18th 2017. Click Here to Read More





North Penn Engineering Academy Seniors Present at International Science Conference in London!

Eight North Penn High School Engineering Academy seniors in the Engineering Design and Development  (EDD) course just returned from their trip to London!

The students, Anthony Brigidi, James Drinkwater, Jason Ellstrom, Engy Khoshit, TJ Schmidt, Scott Schrum, Noah Wendt and Jake Yoder represented all 27 EDD students the the EDD classes at the International Science Conference at St. Paul's School in London.  This is the first time that a school from the United States has been invited to present their research at this conference!  Click Here to Read More





Senator Mensch Visits North Penn High School
Ashley Kister  | North Penn Knight Crier

TOWAMENCIN- It is rumored that one of NPHS's best kept secrets resides in H-pod. During an open lab on Wednesday, PA state Senator Bob Mensch observed the work of nine Engineering Design and Development (EDD) student research teams. Among others, the research projects students worked on included improving wireless energy transfer for charging cellphones, creating energy harvesting shingles that can produce energy from sunlight, wind, rain, and temperature changes, developing battery separators that are energy efficient, and using virtual reality to enhance learning in the classroom.  Click Here to Read More



North Penn students headed to London to present engineering projects

By Gary Weckselblatt, Staff Writer with The Intelligencer and Courier Times

It's a mouthful to say and hard to understand what students are studying in Michael Boyer's nanotechnology and engineering research classes at North Penn High School:

  • Advanced anode and cathode materials for magnesium air fuel cells

  • Photovoltaic, thermoelectric and piezoelectric energy harvesting roof system

  • Microencapsulated non-Newtonian based concussion prevention materials

But international educators have taken notice.

Boyer and three teams of students are the first from the United States to be invited to present research next month at an international science conference at St. Paul's School in London.

Click here to read more



UPDATE: North Penn High School, Drexel University Society of Women Engineers Partner for Engineering Night For Young Girls



EDD Students to present their Nanotechnology and Engineering Research at the International Science Conference at St. Paul's School in London!

The North Penn Engineering Academy EDD students were invited to present their research at the International Science Conference at St. Paul's School in London!  Please visit the EDD website at www.thefutureisnear.org for more information!


Tech Ed Classes Take on New Dimension

TOWAMENCIN- Tucked away in H-pod, Tech Ed teacher Curt Reichwein and students Julia Santos and TJ Schmidt have been exploring the potential of 3D scanning. Equipped with four 3D printers, an Xbox 360 Kinect, and software, the trio is able to scan 3D objects and print them out. They have printed out busts of multiple individuals, including the German exchange students and Principal Todd Bauer.

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3D Printing and Scanning at NPHS!

Towamencin, PA - North Penn High School Engineering Academy seniors, Julia Santos and TJ Schmidt, are "scanning" a new path to designing and creating materials!  

In manufacturing, many materials require a top-down manufacturing process.  They often start out as a large pieces of raw material that are processed with various tools and machines to ultimately create the final product.  

In the NP Engineering Academy, students are creating a new "bottom up" process for developing materials.  With guidance from Mr. Reichwein, Engineering Academy instructor, the students are utilizing an XBox Kinect game console to scan objects, import them into software and replicate them with one of the department's 3D printers!

Mr. Bauer Bobble Head

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Examining the gender gap in FCS and Tech Ed Departments (knightcrier.org article)

When it comes to pursuing one's passions, the sky's the limit at North Penn High School (NPHS). By offering a wide variety of classes and after school activities for its students, NPHS brims with opportunity accessible to all.

Click here to read the full article on the Knight Crier website



Electronics Guru Creates Masterpiece

TOWAMENCIN - Have you met the genius behind the blinking prom letters? That's Anthony Quigel, a senior in the Technology and Engineering Department at NPHS. He spends half of his day in the sanctuary of H-pod...  Click here to read more...


Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) club students electrospin and test hydrophobic nanofibers!

Students in the EPICS-NASA research team characterized their first electrospun hydrophobic nanofiber sample at Wednesday's club meeting.  Click here for more information...


Op-ed: Why Do We Need STEM Toys for Girls?
Dr. Amy Fleischer, Villanova University

Can you have a love-hate relationship with a doll? Can I classify my status with pink and purple building sets as "It's complicated"? 
As I look everywhere Click here to read more


Summer Opportunity:
Registration Due for Villanova Summer Camp

NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering is a one-week, on campus program to introduce a diverse population of students from different ethnic and social backgrounds to the traditional fields of engineering, including Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer and Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Students also will be introduced to unique aspects of Villanova's College of Engineering, which include international service learning, Sustainable Engineering and Engineering Entrepreneurship. Lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments are taught by Villanova engineering faculty, and daily guest speakers will bridge academia and industry. During the evening, students will enjoy fun and engaging activities with resident assistants and also work on any assigned engineering projects.  

In addition to this introduction to engineering, the NovaEdge program includes a presentation on the college admissions process. It is a one week on campus program. Registration closes 1/22/18. 
Visit www.engineering.villanova.edu/novaedge for more information and to register.