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May 30, 2017
Engineering Academy EDD Seniors Present at the North Penn Nanotechnology and Engineering Symposium


Lansdale, Pennsylvania - May 30, 2017
The Engineering Design and Development students of the Engineering Academy at North Penn High School hosted a nanotechnology and engineering research presentation on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at North Penn High School in Lansdale PA.

Engineering Design and Development, or EDD, is the capstone course of a national Pre-engineering program called Project Lead the Way.  In this course, students work together to 
research, design, and construct solutions to engineering problems


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March 18, 2017
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.

The NPMAC hosted an indoor model airplane fun-fly in the high school gyms to raise money for the club, and the profits from food sales were donated to the Ed Foundation.

Students in Dr.Voicheck's, who runs the club, classes donated money to help offset the cost of food. Their signatures are on the poster showing their support for the Foundation.  Mr. Reichwein and his wife orchestrated the food purchases and then volunteered their time to run the snack stand that day. 
The food sales from this event provided a donation of over $400. 

The NPMAC and Technology and Engineering Department have benefited immensely from the Foundation, and they were looking for find a way to say "thank you."

Pictured from left to right, (Dr.Curtis Dietrich, Curt Reichwein, Michael Voicheck, Christine Liberaski).





March 12, 2017
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!

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February 19, 2017
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




February 6, 2017
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.

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





North Penn High School Engineering Academy Students Present at Philly Materials Day @ Drexel University
North Penn High School Engineering Academy, Engineering Design and Development: The Future is N.E.A.R. (Nanotechnology Education and Research)

Philadelphia, PA - February 4, 2017 -
 What are smart materials and how do we make them smarter?  How do engineers make things stronger, lighter and faster?  Welcome to the world of Materials Science and Engineering!

On Saturday, February 4th, Drexel University held its 7th annual Philly Materials Day.  It is a day where Drexel University, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, The Singh Center for Nanotechnology, and the Franklin Institute open the doors of the Bossone Research Enterprise Center to the public for visitors to experience exciting hands on demonstrations and Materials Science activities designed for all ages!

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NPSD Partners with the Drexel University Society of Women Engineers to Host Engineering Night for Girls

The North Penn School District (NPSD) invited girls in grades seven through nine to join the Drexel University Society of Women Engineers at NPSD's Engineering Night for Girls on February 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym at North Penn High School (NPHS).

This innovative program will offer NPSD students an opportunity to hear from five ambitious and well-accomplished female students in the Drexel Engineering Program. NPSD students will participate in....

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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 for more information!



North Penn Engineering Shirt Orders!  Due Friday 12/9

The North Penn Engineering Academy T-Shirt orders are now available!
Please download and complete the linked order form.  Payment in the form of cash or check, made of to Ayers Promotions, is due by Friday, December 9, 2016!

Download the T-Shirt Order Form Here



December 6, 2016
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. Click here to read more...




November 28, 2016
Miss Julia Young: Newest Addition to Engineering Department

TOWAMENCIN- Miss Julia Young, a new addition to the engineering department at NPHS, knew that she wanted a career in education since she started teaching swimming lessons.

I saw how other teachers taught, and I wanted to do it differently, because I knew that I learned differently, stated Young.
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November 22, 2016
Anna Janoff, 2016 Georgia Tech, 2012 Engineering Academy Graduate, Speaks With Seniors

Designing a nanofiber based transdermal patch to improve the infusion of insulin into the blood stream.  This was the senior design activity that Anna Janoff had performed during her senior year while in North Penn's Engineering Academy.
Flash forward four years!  Click here to




November 20, 2016
3D Scanning and Printing at North Penn High School

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!

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October 19, 2016
Summer 2017 Opportunity for rising juniors and rising seniors: Duke Energy Academy @ Purdue University

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue is excited about your interest in attending our program in the summer of 2017! Through this academy, a select number of high school students and teachers with interest in energy will be provided an opportunity to learn from Purdue faculty, staff, and industry leaders who are directly involved in researching and developing the energy resources needed to power the world of tomorrow. For now, the academy is open only to students who will be a junior or senior by fall 2017 and secondary school teachers, resident in the United States. Participants from previous programs will not be accepted. Participation is provided free of charge to the 42 participating students and 42 teachers. Teachers also will receive a $400 stipend on successful completion of the program.

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October 13, 2016
Examining the gender gap in FCS and Tech Ed Departments
( 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





Invent it. Build it.

Society of Women Engineers Workshop Opportunity

Invent it. Build it. is an experience designed to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering. This is achieved through a three-pronged approach:

  1. SWE Girls Program

  2. Parent Educator Program (PEP)

  3. EXPO

All girls registered for the SWE Girls Program will participate in a hands-on engineering experience with members of the Society of Women Engineers. While the girls are having fun building and inventing, parents and educators will learn about engineering careers, scholarships, college admission and resources.

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June 01, 2016
Senior Engineering Design and Development Students Present Their Nanotechnology and Engineering research

TOWAMENCIN – On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM, 18 seniors from the Engineering Design and Development course, three Juniors from the Engineering Projects in Community Service Club and many other engineering academy students presented their research at the 2016 NPHS Engineering Academy Nanotechnology and Engineering Symposium.  Click here to read more....



April 14, 2016
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....



March 3, 2016
Engineering Academy students and Model Aviation Club members volunteer Oak Park Elementary School Science Night

North Penn High School Engineering Academy students and students from the Model Aviation Club volunteered at the Oak Park Elementary School Science night on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

The event, sponsored by a grant from the North Penn Educational Foundation, offered visitors opportunities to engage in many different science and engineering activities.  Among the demonstrations offered by Oak Park faculty, students and North Penn High School chemistry and biology students, the engineering academy seniors presented experiments such as thermoelectric generators, littleBits electronics circuits (another Foundation grant), water filtration membranes and Sphero robots.  The Model Aviation Club set up a static display of various aircraft in the gymnasium. Club members gave small flight demonstrations of indoor type airplanes, quadrotors, and help with the flight simulators. Click here to read more...



February 18, 2016
NPMAC: North Penn Model Aviation Club to host Indoor Fun-fly Event:
Saturday, March 12, 2016 (9am to 4pm)

We're pleased to announce that North Penn High School in Lansdale PA, 19446 is hosting another indoor fun-fly this March 12th, 2016.  Click here for more information...



February 22, 2016
Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute
July 10, 2016 - August 16, 2016

Lehigh University’s Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is a four-week summer residential program of intensive classroom study and research for exceptionally talented, rising high school juniors and seniors. Hosted by Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science...  Click here for more information...



February 15, 2016
Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) club:
Students electrospin and test hydrophobic nanofibers for NASA PSGC Grant!

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



February 3, 2016
Engineering Academy Students to Present at Drexel University on Saturday 2/6

On Saturday, February 6, 2016, eleven of North Penn's Engineering Academy seniors in the EDD course will be presenting at Philly Materials Day hosted by Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania!  The event is free and open to the public.  Please visit or the EDD course website at for more information...



February 3, 2016
Summer Opportunity: Registration Due for Villanova Summer Camp

The College of Engineering is accepting registrations for NovaEdge, a weeklong, on-campus summer program, which introduces a diverse population of students (grades 10-12) to the traditional fields of engineering, including Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer and Electrical, and Mechanical. Students also will be introduced to 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. Registration closes 2/26/16

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January 21, 2016
Engineering Students Talk Salary

Dr. Michael Voicheck, Technology Education Dept. NPHS

TOWAMENCIN – If you had to spend roughly 2000 hours at a job every year, where would you work? In your working lifetime of 40 years, you’re going to spend a lot of time as an employee. That’s 80,000 hours, or 9.2 solid years working around the clock. How much will you make? Will it be enough? Will you have enough education to sustain yourself in a lifestyle that you want?  Read more on North Penn's Knight Crier website...



January 14, 2016

The Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology (AEST) Department at Millersville University is holding an Open House for prospective students at 10:00am on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

You can download an informational poster about this Open House at
More information about Millersville's degree programs is available at