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05-10-17  

2017 North Penn High School Engineering Academy |  Engineering Design and Development
Nanotechnology and Engineering Presentation
 

Lansdale, PA (May 8, 2017) - Students of the North Penn High School Engineering Academy will be presenting their nanotechnology and engineering research on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the audion at North Penn High School. 

Throughout the evening, students will present innovative ways they have designed and tested solutions to tackle some of the most pressing energy, healthcare and environmental problems facing our world today.  Their innovative approaches to problem solving, experimental design and STEM research was made possible through generous grant funding from the North Penn Educational Foundation, the Dow Chemical Company, the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and many other leading businesses and organizations.

Following the first half of the presentation in the Audion, there will be a poster session in the auxiliary gymnasium for questions and answers, demonstrations of their research, a scanning electron microscope demonstration from Hitachi and Angstrom Scientific, demonstrations and examples of work from other courses in the engineering academy and much more! 

 

For further information, please contact:


Mr. Michael Boyer

North Penn High School
Technology and Engineering Education Department Chair
1340 S. Valley Forge Road
Lansdale, PA 19446

215.368.9800 x1325
boyerma@npenn.org

 

03-12-17  

03-12-2017  |  Lansdale, PA
Eight North Penn High School Engineering Academy seniors in the Engineering Design and Development  (EDD) course just returned from their trip to London!

The students, Anthony Brigidi, James Drinkwater, Jason Ellstrom, Engy Khoshit, TJ Schmidt, Scott Schrum, Noah Wendt and Jake Yoder represented all 27 EDD students the the EDD classes at the International Science Conference at St. Paul's School in London.  This is the first time that a school from the United States has been invited to present their research at this conference!

The students spent their first few days in London experiencing the culture, learning how to travel The Tube (London underground rail system) and the rich history!

On Friday morning, March 10th, the North Penn students travelled to St. Paul's School to participate in the International Science Conference.  They were joined with students from 21 different schools in five countries: Belgium, Germany, Japan, USA and The United Kingdom!

The conference day opened with an introduction to the conference by Dr. Ken Zetie, Director of Outreach and Academic Partnerships, St Paul's School, London.  Throughout the conference, discussions were given by professionals from Hitachi, Deben UK Limited, Young Scientist Journal and the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS).

Presentations (Talks) were offered throughout the day from ten different International student groups.  North Penn's teams of students presented their talks after lunch and did an outstanding job!  After each presentation, the audience could offer questions to the presenters and the North Penn students did an outstanding job fielding questions from the international audience.

After the talks were completed, conference attendees were given the opportunity to vote for the best talk and North Penn's NAS Tek team: Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt won the best overall presentation award!  Awards were offered and presented by Gary Edwards from Deben UK Limited, a precision engineering company.

On Saturday, March 11th, the students travelled back to St. Paul's School to participate in an International Science Challenge. The students were split into mixed teams and had two different challenges they had to complete. 

The first challenge required the students to design, construct and test a device that will be dropped three stories.  It was judged on two characteristics: (1) Time it takes to descend.  The device that takes the longest time will receive the most points. (2) Accuracy.  The closest to the bulls-eye marker yields the highest points. 

The second challenge was an electrical challenge.  The students had to determine circuit values within an enclosed box utilizing only the supplied meters and power supplies.  A great time was had by all participants!

The rest of the evening on Saturday was spent travelling throughout London.  Before we knew it... it was time to leave on Sunday morning!

I want to say thank you so much to the North Penn Educational Foundation, the North Penn School District, the North Penn National Honor Society, the North Penn Student Government Association, the North Penn High School Class of 2017, the North Penn teachers and students, The Technology and Engineering Education Department and all of the donors on our GoFundMe page for their most generous financial support!  We couldn't have made this opportunity of a lifetime possible without all of your support!

Thank you very much!
Mike Boyer

 

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Boarded and ready to leave Philadelphia!
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Holland Park!
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Tower of London!
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Tower of London!
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Tower of London!
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Tower of London!
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The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
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Tower of London!
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Tower of London armor!
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Tower of London!
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London Tower Bridge!
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Students at the Tower of London!
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Changing of the guard: St. James Palace!
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Changing of the guard: St. James Palace!
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Scott Schrum taking pictures for his London documentary!
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London scenery!
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Changing of the Guard: Buckingham Palace!
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Changing of the Guard: Buckingham Palace!
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Changing of the Guard: Buckingham Palace!
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Changing of the Guard: Buckingham Palace!
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Changing of the Guard: Buckingham Palace!
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Changing of the Guard: Buckingham Palace!
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Hard Rock Cafe: London!
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Hard Rock Cafe: London!
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Imperial College!
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Imperial College!
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Imperial College!
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HMS Belfast!
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HMS Belfast!
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HMS Belfast!
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HMS Belfast!
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HMS Belfast!
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The London Eye!
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The London Eye!
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The London Eye!
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The London Eye!
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Our first visit to St. Paul's School!
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Our first visit to St. Paul's School the day before the presentation.  Met with Dr. Perkins!
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The International Science Conference programme!
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Presentation day!  Students at St. Paul's School!
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Dr. Ken Zetie. Conference opening remarks!
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Jason Ellstrom, TJ Schmidt and Anthony Brigidi presenting their research during the poster presentation!
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Jason Ellstrom, TJ Schmidt and Anthony Brigidi presenting their research during the poster presentation!  
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Jason Ellstrom, TJ Schmidt and Anthony Brigidi presenting their research during the poster presentation!  
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James Drinkwater and Jake Yoder presenting their research during the poster presentation!
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James Drinkwater and Jake Yoder presenting their research during the poster presentation!
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James Drinkwater and Jake Yoder presenting their research during the poster presentation!
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James Drinkwater and Jake Yoder presenting their research during the poster presentation!  
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt presenting their research during the poster presentation!
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt presenting their research during the poster presentation!  
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt presenting their research during the poster presentation!  
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TJ Schmidt, Anthony Brigidi and Jason Ellstrom presenting on stage!  
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TJ Schmidt, Anthony Brigidi and Jason Ellstrom presenting on stage!
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TJ Schmidt, Anthony Brigidi and Jason Ellstrom presenting on stage!
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Jake Yoder and James Drinkwater presenting on stage!
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Jake Yoder and James Drinkwater presenting on stage!  
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt presenting on stage!
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt presenting on stage!
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt presenting on stage!
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt presenting on stage!  
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt receive awards for being selected the best international presentation!
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Engy Khoshit, Scott Schrum and Noah Wendt with their awards!
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After the conference with Dr. James Perkins!
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Students at London presentation!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!
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Saturday: International Science Challenge!

 

 


 

       
02-07-17  

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

 

Click here to read more!
 

       
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.

Click here to read more!
 

       
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