Open House: Oct. 21

Come and tour the Engineering Academy from 3-5 pm on Friday, October 21


An upcoming NOVA episode on PBS, School of the Future, takes an in-depth look at changing educational landscapes across the country, including those inside the DPEA.

DPEA Alumni

DPEA alumni can be found in engineering and tech firms, from startups to large established corporations, both here in Santa Barbara County and across the country.

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DPEA Open House

We invite everyone to come tour our facility, get questions answered, and talk with current students and staff about what being in the DPEA is really like.

DPEA Program Dubbed a ‘School of the Future’

In conjunction with the NOVA documentary, DPEA Founder and Director Amir Abo-Shaeer and former DPEA student Madison Pickett have been invited to the 2nd Annual White House Next Generation High School Summit, to be held on September 12 in Washington, D.C. 
Abo-Shaeer will join NOVA producers on a panel about classroom innovations. He will also speak in sessions about project- and design-based education in the United States. The all-day event highlights students, educators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs who are reinventing the high school experience to better empower students to seize opportunities in today's economy and to prepare students for success in college and career. US Department of Education and White House staff will be among the participants.

DPEA Catches Up With Successful Alumnae

This month, DPEA Executive Director Rebecca Summers caught up with two alumni--Emily Williams and Erika Eskenazi--who are finding success as engineers, one in New York City and another in Austin, Texas.

DPEA Grads Head Far and Wide for College

Read the Noozhawk article with interviews of Nathan Alvarez and Megan Handley. 

DPEA to be Featured on NOVA

Watch it on PBS at 9 pm on Wednesday, September 14.


Mechatronics featured on

Last spring, DPEA seniors took the 2015 Carousel of Physics to the Bay Area Makers Fair. There, they talked with many people, including interviewers from, which strives to inspire innovative learning environments by showcasing them on their web series.

Mr. Shaeer Speaks at Education Conference

Our DPEA Director spoke about the positive impacts of adding Art to a STEM curriculum to create an integrated STEAM curriculum. He shared how the DPEA's projects draw upon a variety of disciplines and give students the opportunity to develop authentic products. Amir spoke with many individuals about their programs and shared wisdom about how to innovate within the public school system in California. He also had the opportunity to give advice to college students who wanted to know how to gain more technical experience as they develop original products.

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Febuary 6th DPEA Open House

We invite the public to view the Carousel of Physics

Santa Barbara Unified School District High School Academy Showcase

The Santa Barbara Unified School District's 3rd annual High School Academy Showcase will take place at 4:30-6:30 pm on Thursday, January 14 in the Dome at Earl Warren Showgrounds. Educators and students from the following academies will be on hand to share information and answer questions: