North Penn High School Engineering Academy Students Present at
Philly Materials Day @ Drexel
North Penn High School Engineering
Academy, Engineering Design and
Development: The Future is N.E.A.R.
(Nanotechnology Education and
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—February 6, 2016—
Eleven NPHS engineering academy seniors in
the Engineering Design and Development
class, Thomas Gerhart, Bailey Harp, Jon
Hollenbach, Brian Lawn, Nate McWilliams,
Abdullah Nahean, Tommy Novia, Mash Pramanik,
Grant Pietrzykoski, Nick Seiberlich and Mark
Wallace presented at the 6th annual
Philly Materials Day event held at
Drexel University in Philadelphia,
The students presented their research and
the STEM principles (science, technology,
engineering and math) behind their work for
over six hours from 10am to 4pm. North Penn
was the only high school presenting
alongside students from Drexel University,
The University of Pennsylvania and many
local businesses. During their
presentation, visitors of all ages viewed
their demonstrations, asked questions and
opened a dialog about their work. Ideas
were exchanged with many visitors which
spawned further ideas for their research.
The North Penn High School student’s research endeavors, which focus
upon several themes: water filtration,
thermoelectric energy harvesting, thermal
management utilizing core-sheath phase
change nanofibers, medicinal encapsulation
for advanced wound healing processes, noise
cancellation, piezoelectric energy
generation and concussion prevention
have been made
possible this year by generous grants from
North Penn Educational Foundation.
Many of the students were both excited and
nervous about presenting their work,
especially to seasoned engineers and
professors, but said they quickly became
comfortable and couldn’t believe how fast
the six hours went. This experience will
help them to prepare for their final
research presentation scheduled for June 1,
2016 at 7pm at North Penn High School.
“Philly Materials Day
awareness of the importance of materials
science and engineering. Nearly everything
in the world around us is made of
something—stuff. Materials science and
engineering is the study of that
stuff—materials—and how we use the stuff to
create useful things for everyday life. The
event allows people of all ages a chance to
explore some of the stuff the world is made
of and to learn about how materials impact
us every day.
free event on the first Saturday in February
brings together Drexel University and the
University of Pennsylvania along with the
Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural
Sciences, and other partners to present fun
and engaging materials science and
engineering demos to people of all ages.”
The Future is
N.E.A.R. (Nanotechnology Education and
Research) program parallels the senior
capstone course, Engineering Design and
Development (EDD), of the North Penn High
School Engineering Academy. The program
offers its students an opportunity to gain
21st century skills that will prepare them
to become successful leaders in a
technological global society. The program introduces
the fundamentals of nanotechnology,
engineering research and a rigorous
application of their knowledge and skills to
high school students while cultivating their
interest in engineering, problem solving and
life-long learning. Students seek
opportunities to research & develop
solutions to global issues by capitalizing
from fundamentals of nanotechnology and
engineering research utilizing the latest
published research available.
If you are interested in learning more about
their research, the Engineering Academy or
the Technology and Engineering Education
Department, please visit their websites:
(From L to R)
Mash Pramanik, Tommy Novia,
Jon Hollenbach, Nick Seiberlich, Grant
Pietrzykoski, Abdullah Nahean, Nate
McWilliams, Bailey Harp, Thomas Gerhart,
Mark Wallace and Brian Lawn
Students present at Philly Materials Day Saturday 2/6/16!
Jon Hollenback explaining phase change polymer with visitors.
Brian Lawn and Tom Gerhart demonstrating medicinal encapsulation.
Tom Gerhart discussing core-sheath nanofibers.
Tommy Novia and Mash Pramanik discussing water filtration.
Grant Pietrzykoski discussing noise cancellation with a visitor.
Nate McWilliams discussing the thermoelectric demonstration.
A "birds'-eye" view of the students presenting...
Mark Wallace and Mash Pramanik presenting.
Thank you to all of the grant funding organizations!
North Penn High School Engineering