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Electronics students navigating through new project

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North Penn High School students use a remote control car to develop navigational technology.

North Penn High School students use a remote control car to develop navigational technology.

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North Penn High School students use a remote control car to develop navigational technology.

Dr. Michael Voicheck, Technology Education Teacher

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TOWAMENCIN – Electronics students in the Technology and Engineering program are leading the way with something never completed before at North Penn. Their task; transform a radio controlled car into a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigated machine. Programmed by a tablet or laptop, the converted device will be armed with an onboard microcomputer, telemetry data, and an array of batteries and sensors that allow it to navigate the streets of Lansdale. The laptop will allow students to monitor location, speed, voltage, current, and take control if things go awry.

The NPHS Technology Education display window features the latest project work made possible through a NPSD Foundation grant.

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The NPHS Technology Education display window features the latest project work made possible through a NPSD Foundation grant.

Thanks to a NPSD Foundation grant, electronics students will have a rare opportunity to learn about the many exciting facets of GPS, wireless data, digital and analog sensors, and computer programming. Students are still on the preliminary stages of this project, but testing will start during early April.

If you are interested in taking some of the wonderful courses offered by the department, check out pages 55-58 in the course selection booklet. In the meantime, check out the display case in H-pod to find out more about this wonderful project.

 

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