Welcome to the News & Press releases page.  Here you will find pictures, videos and links to the students' research endeavors this year!  Please check back often for updates.  Please also view the past news releases by following the links to the right.
Past News Releases
2014-2015 News
2015-2016 News
       
02-07-17  

North Penn High School, Drexel University Society of Women Engineers Partner for Engineering Night For Young Girls

 

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02-06-17  

North Penn Students Headed to London to Present Projects

It's a mouthful to say and hard to understand what students are studying in Michael Boyer's nanotechnology and engineering research classes at North Penn High School:

  • Advanced anode and cathode materials for magnesium air fuel cells

  • Photovoltaic, thermoelectric and piezoelectric energy harvesting roof system

  • Microencapsulated non-Newtonian based concussion prevention materials

But international educators have taken notice.

Boyer and three teams of students are the first from the United States to be invited to present research next month at an international science conference at St. Paul's School in London.

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02-04-17  

North Penn High School Engineering Academy Students Present at 7th Annual Philly Materials Day
@ Drexel University!

Philadelphia, PA - February 4, 2017 - What are smart materials and how do we make them smarter?  How do engineers make things stronger, lighter and faster?  Welcome to the world of Materials Science and Engineering!  Click here to read more!
 

       
01-10-17  

Please Help the EDD Students Get to London!

Eight seniors from North Penn High School's Engineering Academy course, Engineering Design and Development were selected to present their nanotechnology and engineering research at an International Science Conference held at St. Paulís School in London, England on March 6-12, 2017.  Please click here!
 

       
01-09-17   EDD Students Present at School Board Meeting

...The remainder of the meeting was majorly dedicated to a nanotechnology presentation by Mr. Michael Boyer, Technology and Engineering Education Teacher and Department Chair at NPHS, and nine of his students from the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course... Please read more...

 

       
12-15-16  

North Penn School Board Approves Student Trip to London in March! Next: Finding the Funding to Make This Amazing Opportunity a Reality!

The North Penn School Board approved the student trip to participate at the International Science Conference at St. Paul's School in London!  Check back soon for updates...
 

       
12-13-16  

Dr. Perkins visits from St. Paul's School in London.  Invites EDD students to present at International Science Conference in March!

The North Penn High School (NPHS) Technology and Engineering Education Department was very pleased to welcome Dr. James Perkins from St. Paul's School in London for an observational visit in November.

James Perkins is a physics teacher and head of science research at St. Paul's School, one of the leading independent schools in the United Kingdom. St. Paul's recently purchased a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) capabilities and Perkins has been developing a program of research, enrichment and outreach opportunities in the UK using this capital equipment.  Click here to read more
 

       
12-09-16  

Moneta Polymer Systems research team reviewing the latest published research!

EDD research team, Moneta Polymer Systems is currently reviewing the latest published papers about the design, development and testing of shape memory polymers.

The team hopes to be able to learn about the process and Stand on the Shoulders of Giants to continue the research!

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Reviewing the latest published research about Shape Memory Polymers!
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Reviewing the latest published research about Shape Memory Polymers!
 
       
12-09-16  

Microencapsulating non-Newtonian Fluids?  Preliminary results look promising!

EDD research team, Sandstorm Technologies, is looking into the design and development of better impact and energy absorbing materials.  Their first attempt to create a novel material yielded promising results!

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Microencapsulation of non-Newtonian fluid preliminary research!
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Microencapsulation of non-Newtonian fluid preliminary research!
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Microencapsulation of non-Newtonian fluid preliminary research!
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Microencapsulation of non-Newtonian fluid preliminary research!
 
       
12-08-16  

Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing: EDD Students are creating their own characterization circuit for their MAFC research

EDD research team, MagTech, is developing a custom characterization circuit to analyze the Magnesium Air Fuel Cells they are developing!  They are co-researching with the Innovo research team.

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Custom characterization circuit:  PCB design
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PCB manufacturing
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PCB manufacturing: layout transferred.
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PCB manufacturing: etched.
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PCB manufacturing: etched.
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PCB manufacturing: tinning the PCB.
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PCB manufacturing: drilling the PCB.

 

       
12-06-16  

Wireless Energy Transfer:  Proof of Concept: Done!  60 Watt Light Bulb: Next!

EDD research team, NAS Tek is in the process of developing a wireless energy transfer system.  They hope to be able to safely  light a 60 watt light bulb without wires connected directly to an AC wall outlet.  The images below show their initial proof of conect using a DC power source and a light emitting diode.  Check back soon for more research!

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Proof of Concept: Wireless Energy Transfer - Lighting an LED wirelessly!
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Proof of Concept: Wireless Energy Transfer - Lighting an LED wirelessly!
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Think tank!  Reviewing necessary formulas and calculations!
       
11-22-16  

Anna Janoff, 2016 Georgia Tech and 2012 NP Engineering Academy Graduate, Speaks with Engineering Academy Seniors
Michael Boyer, Technology and Engineering Education Department Chair and Engineering Academy Instructor

Towamencin - Designing a nanofiber based transdermal patch to improve the infusion of insulin into the blood stream.  This was the senior design activity that Anna Janoff had performed during her senior year while in North Penn's Engineering Academy.

Flash forward four years!  Anna will be graduating with Bachelors of Engineering degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech next month!

During her visit, Anna shared her experiences at Georgia Tech, the research she performed, travelling abroad, applying for jobs and much more.  She met with many of the students who shared their research endeavors with her.  She experienced the Virtual System that the EVRT team is working on and received a demonstration of the electrospinning process.

Anna is graduating next month and has already secured a job with a leading aluminum manufacturing company!

Congratulations Anna!

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Bryan Moed demonstrating electrospinning to Anna Janoff and Mathias Quatorze.
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Julia Santos working with Anna and the Vive VR system.
 
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Anna Janoff speaking with Engineering Academy seniors.
       
11-04-16  

A Visit from St. Paul's School - Research in Schools
Michael Boyer, Technology and Engineering Education Department Chair and Engineering Academy Instructor

Towamencin - Physics teacher and head of science research at St. Paul's School, London, UK, Dr. James Perkins, recently traveled from London to visit Michael Boyer and the Nanotechnology and Engineering Research program, The Future is N.E.A.R., in North Penn High School's Engineering Academy. 

Dr. Perkins was recently awarded a Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS capabilities and is currently in the process of designing and implementing a research program at St. Paul's School in London.  He was awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship to fund his visit to schools and organizations around the United States to to gather information, share good practices and develop networks regarding the wider idea of doing advanced research in a high school environment.

During his visit to North Penn, Dr. Perkins met with students and administrators to gain a first hand perspective about the challenges and successes of implementing and running a Nanotechnology and Engineering research program, the Engineering Academy and to learn about other research endeavors at North Penn High School.  

After visiting North Penn, Dr. Perkins will travel to the west coast to visit schools in California and Canada.

Furthermore, Mr. Boyer and his research students received an invitation to travel to St. Paul's School, London, in March to participate in an International Science Conference!  Plans are underway to make this amazing opportunity a reality for North Penn's Engineering Academy seniors!

Please see Dr. Perkin's blog to read about all of the locations he has visited while here in the United States: http://blog.researchinschools.org/

Please check back often for update and further information!

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Dr. Perkins @ North Penn High School.
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Dr. Perkins on SEM with NP students..
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Dr. Perkins with one EDD class..
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Dr. Perkins getting scanned for a 3D print!
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3D Print!

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Technology and Engineering Education Department
       
11-01-16  

Student Research Teams - 2016 - 2017

The Engineering Design and Development students have chosen their teams and their specific research endeavors!

Energy:

  Energy Harvesting Roof Shingles (Photo-, Thermo-, Piezoelectric Materials)

 

  Wireless Energy Transfer

 

  Thermoelectric Nanofibers
    Advanced Battery Separators
    Magnesium Air Fuel Cells

Healthcare:

  Concussion Prevention

Education:

  Virtual Reality In Education

Environment:

  Shape Memory Polymers

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2016 - 2017 EDD Research Teams