ABOUT US...

Ensuring NEHS students can travel to the moon, Mars and beyond...

OUR STORY

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

 

Mission:

 

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.

 

Vision:

 

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.

ADVISORY BOARD

The Project SPARC Boosters is governed by an elected Advisory Board. 

The 2020-21 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

Since 1963...

= 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.” 

 

                   Jeff Jarvis                                               

SPARC Program Manager, Class of 1984 

 COOL FACT 

Project SPARC was recognized by NASA as the first high school space program in the United States.

SPARC Control Console