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  High School Technology and Engineering Education (10-12)

The Technology and Engineering Education department at North Penn offers a rich curriculum that provides opportunities for all students to gain essential 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills.  The courses offer a multitude of opportunities for students to experience the application of knowledge and critical thinking skills through collaborative research and design activities, problem solving and experimentation processes, the utilization of cutting-edge industry standard software and so much more.

For students considering a focused introduction to engineering, the Technology and Engineering Education department at the high school offers an Engineering Academy.  The Engineering Academy is designed to prepare students for a post high school education in engineering or engineering technology; however, the skills learned in the program can transcend all fields of study and career paths.

Please see the Engineering Academy course sequence outlined in the High School Program of Studies booklet or visit our Engineering Academy website at www.NorthPennEngineering.org for further information.

Technology and Engineering Education @ North Penn High School

 5134 Manufacturing and Construction
The Manufacturing and Construction course is designed to use wood, wood substitutes, metals, and plastics in the manufacturing and construction of today's products. Student activities include an overview of the woodworking and metalworking industries, safe use of hand tools and machines, technical research product planning, problem solving, and experimentation in the manufacturing laboratory. Students participate in individual and group problems and activities.
 5144 Advanced Manufacturing and Construction
Advanced Manufacturing and Construction challenges students to identify, research solution, and develop individual products with instructor approval. Group manufacturing and construction activities are used to teach the industrial process from concept through marketing and distribution with emphasis on efficiency, accuracy, and cooperative working. Students are encouraged to combine materials (wood, metal, plastics) in the design and production of products.

Prerequisite: Manufacturing and Construction Note: With the approval of the instructor, and submission of the independent study proposal to the building principal by May 1st, students may request a third year of Advanced Manufacturing and Construction.

 5235 Principles of Technology
In this academically challenging course, students explore the physical principles underlying modern technology. Demonstrations, discussions, large and small group activities and "hands-on" activities are based on the principles of force, work, rate, and resistance as they apply to mechanical, fluid, electrical and thermal systems.

This course meets the requirement for science credit and prepares students for pursuing post-secondary degrees in an engineering/technical field. Prerequisite: Algebra 1

 5334 Mechanical Drawing
Mechanical Drawing is a course designed to teach how to communicate ideas through engineering graphics/technical drawings. Students will study architecture and mechanical (machine) drawing styles. Students develop engineering and architectural skills by using current industry used software applications as they complete a series of activities. The course is divided into architecture-based and mechanical-based project based learning activities. Students will use variety software to explore the 2D and 3D realms while developing an understanding for standardized drawing communication.

Mechanical Drawing is highly recommended to all students considering careers in engineering, architecture or design related fields. **There are no course pre-requisites for this course.
 5344 Advanced Mechanical Drawing
Advanced Mechanical Drawing Students continue to develop skills and background within several areas from the previous year. Areas of study include Mechanical (machine) and Architectural drawing. All students use Computer-Aided-Drafting (CAD) software to develop a series of drawings in all areas. The various software packages will allow the student to develop 3-D images with full color rendering and modeling capabilities. Students work on both independent and team projects along with the required drawing assignments.

Prerequisite: Mechanical Drawing or Introduction to Engineering Design Note: With the approval of the instructor, and submission of the independent study proposal to the building principal by May 1st, students may request a third year of Advanced Mechanical Drawing. Such students develop an independent study program with the help of the instructor.

 5434 Electronics
This course is designed to explore the fundamentals of electricity and electronics and its effects on a tech nolo gically changing world. Student centered activities include basic principles of electricity, direct current, solid state devices, alternating current, residential wiring, home/mobile audio and video systems, and career opportunities in the electricity and electronics field. Class room theory is reinforced through comprehensive laboratory exercises which include designing, and testing a wide variety of circuits. Experimentation, circuit design and construction, and troubleshooting skills are enhanced through the use of industry leading circuit simulation and experimentation software.

This course is designed for students interested in technical, industrial, engineering, or military careers in electronics or for those interested in the computer sciences field.

 5445 Advanced Electronics
The Advanced Electronics course is designed for students to further expand their knowledge of electricity and electronics. An in-depth study of power supply design and construction from the component level is utilized to reinforce DC and AC theories and applications. The use of analog and digital meters, oscilloscopes, and power supplies in conjunction with Integrated circuits (chips), audio and video circuits, digital theory, and computer applications help to reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired. Experimentation, circuit design and construction, and troubleshooting skills are enhanced through the use of industry leading circuit simulation and design software.

Prerequisite: Electricity/Electronics or Digital Electronics

Note: With the approval of the instructor, and submission of the independent study proposal to the building principal by May 1st, students may request a third year independent study program or with a final grade of a "B" or better, students may elect to take the Digital Electronics course.

 8510 Manufacturing and Construction Minor
The Manufacturing and Construction Minor provides the opportunity to explore woodworking and metalworking as students design, develop, and construct projects in selected areas of interest. Students use handtools, portable power tools, and machinery as they complete individual/group activities in the Manufacturing Laboratory.
 8520 Power Technology Minor
The Power Technology Minor consists of a survey of energy, power, and transportation. Human muscle, simple and compound machines, gears, levers, pneumatics and hydraulics, internal combustion engines, automotive, aviation, and rocketry are explained. Future modes of energy, power, and transportation, such as: alternative energy sources and power systems, magnetic levitation, solar vehicles, and tidal energy stations are studied. Student activities include laboratory activities and hands-on experiences.
 8530 Mechanical Drawing Minor
Mechanical Drawing Minor is an introductory course enabling students to explore and develop technical drawing skills. Students complete a variety of drawings as they learn to use the instruments of a draftsman. Emphasis is placed on basic drawing skills, simple machine drawings, and architectural floor plans.


Engineering Academy @ North Penn High School

The North Penn High School Engineering Academy is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program offered within our Technology and Engineering Education department.  It is designed to introduce unique learning endeavors that will challenge and engage our students in meaningful and rigorous problem solving activities.

The North Penn High School Engineering Academy, part of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program, provides students an opportunity to explore and experience engineering through a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving.  The hands-on, project-based, activities engage students on multiple levels, exposing them to subjects that they may not typically pursue at the high school level.  The engineering academy provides North Penn students with a strong foundation and confidence to achieve their academic goals in any chosen field of study and, if pursued, establish a proven path to college and career success in STEM related industries.

Beginning in 1999, North Penn High School was the first PLTW school in Pennsylvania.  Since then, our program has flourished and the experiences beyond the PLTW curricular scope have offered North Penn's students opportunities to engage in many exciting endeavors not found in a typical high school setting. With assistance from the North Penn Educational Foundation and other grant funding organizations, students have opportunities to learning about engineering while exploring 3D scanning and printing, laser cutting and engraving, large format milling, nanotechnology research and much more.  Several after school clubs and activities are also offered.

Students who wish to enroll in The Engineering Academy must complete the application available from guidance counselors or from a link to an online application available on the Engineering Academy website at: www.northpennengineering.org.


 5456 IED - Introduction to Engineering Design  |  Mr. Reichwein, Ms. Young
Designed for 10th or 11th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer's notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.
 5466 POE - Principles of Engineering  |  Dr. Voicheck
Designed for 10th or 11th grade students, this survey course exposes students to major concepts they'll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.
 5476 DE - Digital Electronics  |  Miss Young, Mr. Boyer
Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.
 5486 CIM - Computer Integrated Manufacturing  |  Dr. Voicheck, Mr. Reichwein
How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? While students discover the answers to these questions, they're learning about the history of manufacturing, robotics and automation, manufacturing processes, computer modeling, manufacturing equipment, and flexible manufacturing systems. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.
 5496 EDD - Engineering Design and Development  |  Mr. Boyer
In this capstone course of the engineering academy, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Paralleling the EDD course is a program unique to North Penn High School called The Future is N.E.A.R. (Nanotechnology Education And Research).   This program is designed to offer the students of the NPHS Engineering Academy opportunities to research and develop solutions to global issues by capitalizing from the fundamentals of nanotechnology and materials science.  

A final presentation is offered to the community at the end of the school year.  Please visit www.TheFutureIsNEAR.org for further information
 2907 AP Computer Science Principles  |  Dr. Voicheck
PLTW Computer Science empowers students to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. The program engages students in collaborative projects that help them develop in-demand computer science knowledge as well as transportable skills like creative thinking and communication. And whether they're creating an online art gallery or using automation to process and analyze DNA-sequence data, PLTW Computer Science students are seeing how their learning connects to the real world.











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