Ensuring NEHS students can travel to the moon, Mars and beyond...
The Northeast High School (NEHS) Project SPARC (Space Research Center) Boosters was formed in 2014 in response to recent budget challenges faced by the Philadelphia School District. Operating under the NEHS Alumni Foundation, the SPARC Boosters is an organization of alumni, students, parents, teachers, donors and community members dedicated to:
Ensuring there are adequate funds to maintain Project SPARC’s annual operations
Creating and maintaining a pool of funds to be used by Project SPARC to improve facilities, upgrade technology and maintain state-of-the-art operations
Supporting, encouraging and advancing Project SPARC as a premier after-school program that engages students in science, engineering and medically related activities and inspires them professionally
To raise funds that support Project SPARC’s annual operations and the sustained investment for updated facilities, new technology and hardware in order to ensure high quality student activities.
To ensure long-term funding levels that maintain Project SPARC as a premier after-school program that engages students in science, engineering and medically related activities and inspires them professionally.
The Project SPARC Boosters is governed by an elected Advisory Board.
The 2021-22 members are:
Burt Dicht, Board Director
Andrew Adams, SPARC Co-Director
Danielle Parker, SPARC Co-Director
Christopher Frank, Magnet School Director
Aaron Friedmann, NEHS SPARC Alumni Representative
Brett Mandel, NEHS SPARC Alumni Representative
Kathy McAdoo, NEHS Alumni Representative
Carol Niemiec, SPARC Parent Representative
Howard Rovner, Alumni Foundation Representative
Bonnie Taylor, NEHS Faculty Representative
SPARC Students Per Year
= 10 students
= 100 students
“SPARC has inspired so many of its members to go on to accomplish amazing things. I can't imagine it ending. I hope more SPARCies help to fund the program.”
SPARC Program Manager, Class of 1984
Project SPARC was recognized by NASA as the first high school space program in the United States.