Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 School year!

The 2016-2017 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!



Apply Online to the 2017-2018 North Penn High School
Engineering Academy

All Engineering Academy Courses are Now 6.0!

Applications for the 2017-2018 North Penn High School Engineering Academy
are now being accepted.  Please follow the link below to apply to the
2018-2018 NPHS Engineering Academy!

Please Click Here to Apply Online

**North Penn Students:
Please be sure to be logged into Google with your North Penn Google account



PLTW Engineering Courses

5456 - Level 6.0 - Introduction to Engineering Design
5466 - Level 6.0 - Principles of Engineering
5476 - Level 6.0 - Digital Electronics
5486 - Level 6.0 - Computer Integrated Manufacturing
5496 - Level 6.0 - Engineering Design and Development

*New - Computer Science Course

2907 - Level 6.5 - AP Computer Science Principles



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!


2016-2017 Engineering Academy Shirt Orders (Due 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


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.


Enrolled in a small Catholic school, Young noticed that many students lacked ...

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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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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


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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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.

Please click here for more information!


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



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.

Please click here for more information!



Engineering & Technology Career Seminar for Girls @ Millersville University

This career seminar for girls interested in engineering and technology careers is being offered at Millersville University on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 5:30 - 8:30pm.

Interested junior and senior girls must apply to attend by September 30, 2016.

Please click here for more information!



Engineering Academy Seniors to Present EDD Research

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 will be presenting their research at the 2016 NPHS Engineering Academy Nanotechnology and Engineering Symposium.
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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...


NPMAC: North Penn Model Aviation Club to host Indoor Fun-fly Event on 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...


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. Click here to read more...


North Penn High School College Fair
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The North Penn High School Guidance Services is sponsoring a college night on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:00PM.  Click here for more information...


Drexel University's 2016 BIOMED Summer Academy
Two Sessions:
July 11 - 15, 2016 and July 18 - 22, 2016

The program is a one-week introduction to Biomedical Engineering, which includes laboratory activities, industry site visits,  and faculty seminars and presentations.
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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...


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...


Engineering Academy Students Present at Philly Materials Day at Drexel University on Saturday 2/6!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—February 6, 2016— Eleven NPHS engineering academy seniors in the Engineering Design and Development class presented at the 6th annual Philly Materials Day event held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Click here to read more...


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 …  read more


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. 

Visit www.engineering.villanova.edu/novaedge for more information and to register.