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.
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Students Present at the 8th Annual Philly Materials Day Event: Drexel University

North Penn High School Engineering Academy seniors Mason Ahner, Kurt Barclay, Connor Bryant, Aidan Daly, Bryce Furek, Stephen Hammond, Alex Hotchkiss, Tahsinul Huq, Matthew Knoebel, Ryan Munch, Jessica Niebuhr, Jared O'Neill, Istiaq Rahman, Braxton Sweeny-Higley, Jacob Tarlo, Daniel Trumpp, Zach Warner, and Ryan Winkworth presented their research and Materials Science hands-on demonstrations to visitors in the Bossone Research Center at Drexel University from 10am to 3pm at the 8th annual Philly Materials Day event!  Please click here to read more.


Biosyn: Synthetic Muscle Development and Testing

Team Biosyn is working on the design and development of advanced prosthetics. 

The first first experiment was to develop a polymer actuator based muscle.  Their first experiment proved that they could actuate their polymer with an applied voltage.  The next step is to make modifications to their first experiment, re-run it, and begin force testing!

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Polymer Based Acuator

Synbionic Inc.: Synthetic Nerve Development

Team Synbionic Inc, is looking to develop synthetic nerves to help individuals with sever cases of nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy.

The first step in their research is to experiment with electrically conductive nanofibers.  Based upon their research, they had decided to work with a the highest conductive polymer known as Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with Poly(styrene sulfonate) PEDOT:PSS.  This polymer has a conductivity of 1000S/cm!  Copper is ~596000S/cm.

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PEDOT:PSS Nanofibers

Sunposite:DSSC Development

The goal of the Sunposite research team is to design and develop a solid state solar cell utilizing novel materials and processes.  The first step they took was to recreate a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) utilizing a previous EDD research team's experiment from the 2012-2013 school year: Solarganics.

Their experiment was run without any challenges and they were successful.  The team is now looking at working with varius process, including, core-sheath electrospinning TiO2 to determine if the it improves the efficiency of the cell.

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Core Sheath Apparatus

PCM United: Phase Change Characterization of Ice

PCM United research team members: Kurt Barclay, Jessica Niebuhr, and Braxton Sweeney-Higley are looking at developing a new phase change material for temperature management in clothing and homes.

To begin, they wanted to become comfortable with characterizing phase change, so they started out with ice.  They plan to use what they learned from this experiment to help them when they characterize their microencapsulated phase change polymers.

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Phase Change of Ice Characterization

3D Printed Core Sheath Apparatus

Synthetic Nerve Research and Development - Assistance from LCR Embedded Systems, Inc.
Students in the North Penn High School Engineering Academy course, Engineering Design and Development (EDD), have begun their research endeavors for the 2017-2018 school year.  

One of this year's research teams, SynBionic Inc., has begun researching and developing synthetic nerves to aid individuals who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and severe nerve damage.  Since nerves have a protective coating called myelin, the students are utilizing a process known as core-sheath electrospinning to aid their research endeavors. Read More...

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Core Sheath Apparatus

Student Research Teams - 2017 - 2018

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


  Multi-Source Energy Harvesting


  Piezoelectric Energy


  Phase Change Polymers for Energy Management
    Solid State Photovoltaics


  Advanced Prosthetics


  Synthetic Nerves


  Virtual Reality In Education


  Self-Healing Materials
    Photo and Electrochromic Materials

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2017 - 2018 EDD Research Teams

A Day of Innovation for High School Students


A Day of Innovation, facilitated by Steve Melick, Executive Director of the La Salle Center for Entrepreneurship, began with high school students and their teachers at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU) in Norristown on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Students in the North Penn High School Engineering Academy, Kurt Barclay, Dan Trumpp, Alex Hotchkiss, and Aidan Daly, participated in the full day event with 35 other students from surrounding Montgomery County High Schools to learn about the innovation life cycle, participate in ideation and creation exercises, and to learn about ways to think critically about problems and opportunities in order to devise innovative solutions to complex, real-life problems. Read More...

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2016 - 2017 EDD Research Teams

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