Science Brothers Honored
2016 Third Quarter DoD STEM Advocate Winners
An electric and entertaining duo of Navy scientists were honored on June 27 as the 2016 third quarter winners of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Bill Porter and Dan Flisek, known as the “Science Brothers” performing troupe, were recognized at the Pentagon for their commitment to STEM outreach in their community by Ms. Mary Miller, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and Dr. Melissa Flagg, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research.
As the “Science Brothers,” Porter and Flisek travel to elementary schools in the Panama City, FL area to perform stage shows with entertaining demonstrations from the fields of chemistry, physics and electricity. A not-for-profit outreach program, the Science Brothers offer free and engaging presentations year-round. A typical Science Brothers show will often feature exploding volcanos, pranks, explosions and audience participation. Since mid-2014, the Science Brothers have impacted and inspired more than 7,200 students and nearly 300 teachers in the Florida Panhandle and beyond.
Porter and Flisek are now attracting national attention with their unique brand of STEM entertainment. They recently performed in front of a crowd of over 2,000 at Washington, D.C.’s USA Science and Engineering Festival in April. The Science Brother’s impact in the community is not confined to the stage. Through their mentorship, a group of students at Florida State University, Panama City, built an electromagnetic disk launcher to demonstrate how electrical energy can be used to propel objects.
This demonstration was so successful that it will eventually be incorporated into Porter and Flisek’s show.
For more information on the Science Brothers, or to schedule them for a show, please visit their website at http://www.sciencebrothers.org/.
by Zach Hawkins