The Tools

HPA offers our students access to an array of high-tech tools and equipment, enhancing their classroom experiences and enabling them to take their independent projects to the next level. An advanced telemetry system for energy monitoring gives students a window into the Energy Lab as a living building.

Fabrication equipment allows them to create anything they can envision. Digital media tools from aerial videography drones to Google Glass encourage projects that blur the line between technology and art.

This tapestry of possibility enlivens our school with the creative buzz of a maker space and fosters a spirit of innovation that students will carry forward into college and careers.

Davy Ragland '15 and Michael Ho '15 showcasing how they utilize Oculus Rift for their projects in Dr. Wiecking's Independent Research class.

Student Tech and Equipment

EEG Brain Research Headsets

  • Emotiv
  • Neurosky
  • Muse

4k Video-Enabled Quadrocopter Drones

  • 2 DJI Phantoms
  • 2 DJI Inspires
  • 2 DJI Mavic Pros


  • CRISPR genome editing kit
  • DNA PCR thermocycler
  • UV transilluminator

Human Machine Interface

  • Oculus Rift 3D headset
  • LEAP hand detection tools
  • Google Glass headset
  • Pix 4D 3D visualization software for drone footage
  • MacPro visualization server

Radio Telescope

  • Jupiter research station
  • KH6HPA Amateur Radio Club Station

Seismic Research

  • Quake Catcher Network seismic sensors
  • Pacific Tsunami Warning Center sensors
  • Live seismometers

Weather Research

  • Remote sensor network
  • Davis long range weather sensor network

Energy Research

  • FLIR Infrared Camera
  • SEEK Infrared Camera
  • Control by Web energy sensors
  • Power Factor measurement tools
  • Telemetry server for energy analysis
  • Mango energy visualization software
  • MacPro energy visualization server

Computing and Programming

  • LabView programming tools
  • MatLab data analysis tools
  • R statistical modeling software
  • MAMP apache, mySQL and PHP programming platforms
  • Network monitoring tools: InterMapper, Cacti, MRTG

Acoustic Research

  • Fuzz measure research tools
  • Acoustic reverberation toolkit


  • VEX Robotics components
  • LEGO Mindstorms
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi

Recording and Videoconferencing

  • Professional-grade microphones and audio tools
  • Video conferencing platforms
  • 240 Hz Video conferencing room

Graphic Design

  • Stylus
  • VR and HDR photography
  • Digital Media Software with 4k capabilities
  • Adobe Premiere Pro and Finalcut Pro video editing software


  • Celestron CPC Serios Telescopes
  • Celestron NexStar SE Telescope


  • Two laser printers
  • 3-D Printer
  • Woodshop equipment
  • Welding equipment

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