At Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, chemistry teacher and science department chair Michael Hoy relates academic material to everyday life in ways that spark student interest. A stepladder illustrates the potential energy and the quantum mechanical model of the atom; popular music adaptations demonstrate the energy relationships between atoms; and the annual "Mole Day" celebration reinforces understanding of this chemical concept. More than 250 students participate each year in Hoy's Solar-Powered Car Project, working with Lockheed-Martin Missiles & Space Communications and Power Center to design and construct an alternative fuel vehicle. In keeping with his background as a chemical engineer, Hoy expects students to deliver professional quality presentations, produce effective marketing materials, defend their work and raise funds. Hoy frequently mentors beginning science teachers and under his leadership, the science department has instituted an AP science program.
1972 University of Notre Dame, B.S.