Advanced Engineering Applications Magnet

Engineering Magnet Virtual Open House
There will be two sessions at 6:00 and 6:45 on Tuesday, January 11th
Find the link here: Engineering Virtual Open House

PLTW Distinguished School 2019-2020

The Advanced Engineering Applications (AEA) Magnet includes an introduction and thorough exploration of the broad spectrum of traditional engineering fields as well as the emerging disciplines in the physical, social, and biological sciences. The new face of engineering requires verbal and written communication skills in addition to an in-depth understanding of complex mathematics and science concepts. Interdisciplinary projects and lessons drive the curriculum to stimulate student interest and involvement. Lessons engage students by using teamwork, problem solving, and the day-to-day practice of the scientific method, which is practiced by engineers everyday.

The AEA program is strongly grounded in mathematics and the physical sciences that may lead to students earning college credit for advanced studies while in high school. Emphasis will also be placed upon the humanities and social sciences to help develop judgment and curiosity among students. In addition, students will have an opportunity to enroll in three Embry Riddle Aeronautical University College of Engineering Dual Enrollment courses in their junior and senior years. AEA students follow a college-preparatory curriculum beginning in Grade 9. Magnet students are encouraged to enroll in as many Advanced Placement (AP) courses as possible during their high school career to include: AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Calculus. The AEA students are very competitive in the college admissions process. Students graduate with a plethora of recognized CTE industry certifications including but not limited to:


  • RECF Pre-Engineering and Robotics
  • FLENG - Florida Engineering
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Safety Ground School and Visual Line Of Sight Operator
  • PhotoShop with Aerial Applications, AutoDesk Inventor, Revit, and Chief Architect
  • FANUC Robotics Programmer/Operator

Please visit the Project Lead the Way website below to learn more about the Engineering Magnet's PLTW courses. 


Project Lead the Way


In addition to PLTW curriculum, Apopka High Schools is a recognized leader in implementing an Applied Robotics program that includes Introduction to Robotics (year 1), Robotics Design Essentials (year 2), Robotic Systems (year 3), and a Capstone Robotics class for seniors. AHS robotics participates in VEX robotics competitions (Team 550) across the state and nation, the prestigious Lockheed Martin E-weeks competitions in robotics and computer programming, and MATE underwater robotics.

Added to these vibrant programs, Apopka High School is also at the forefront in drone education, safety certification in unmanned aerial systems, and drone piloting certification via their partnership with world renown Embry Riddle Aeronautical University dual enrollment classes. Below is a representation of the capabilities of our drone piloting program. This significant local event was filmed, edited and created entirely by AHS students that are dual enrolled with ERAU. Filmed from multiple vantage points with the newest in drone aircraft, these students are the future of aerospace engineering.


Magnet Open House

WHO: Incoming and current 9th graders interested in the Engineering or Medical Magnet Programs.

WHEN: January 16, 2021, 10:30AM to 12:00 PM. Apopka High School Cafeteria (by appointment only) Email: [email protected] for an slot

Second date: Feb 6th, 2021 Same as above

WHY: Watch a VEX Robotics Tournament in action, Tour magnet classrooms, speak to teachers and learn more about the application process.

Students throughout the Orange County School District may apply for this program. Participating students enter the program as freshmen and a limited number may enter as sophomores. Transportation is not provided for this program.

District Magnet Application

Apopka High School Magnet Contract.docx


We will be have a combination virtual and in-person event on January 16th at Apopka High School. Virtually our engineering staff will be available via virtual platform from 11-12pm.  In addition, there will be a limited amount of tickets/passes provided for access to our VEX Change-up Robotics tournament held in our cafeteria. For one of those limited slots, contact Mr. MacWithey at  [email protected].


A additional opportunity will be available for a similar event on 2/6.


If visiting in-person all current CDC and District protocols will be required including temperature checks, mask wearing and social distancing.  Link to more info on the VEX Tournament