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CHIPS Articles: NSWC PCD Science Brothers Earn STEM Outreach Award

NSWC PCD Science Brothers Earn STEM Outreach Award
By NSWC Panama City Division Office of Congressional and Public Affairs - June 2, 2016
PANAMA CITY, Florida – The Science Brothers, home-based out of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, were named the STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter for the 3rd quarter, fiscal year 2016.

The "Science Brothers" is a non-profit outreach program aimed at sparking elementary school students' interest in STEM activities and offers free, engaging presentations to schools and community organizations. Two main NSWC Panama City Division employees, Dan Flisek and Bill Porter, are the faces of the science demonstrations and shows, but behind the scenes reside a dedicated team of federal civil service personnel with one focus: educating school-aged children about the fun of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We are very excited and honored to receive this award,” Bill Porter said. “We work very hard and the students are very receptive. It’s very nice to be recognized for what we do.”

The dedicated team consists of the following members: Bill Porter (project lead), Dan Flisek (deputy lead), Ed Linsenmeyer (mentor), Gavin Taylor (team member), Kinsey Naud (team member), and Rachel Ivy (team member). This team is truly deserving of the STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter award for their exemplary dedication to STEM education and outreach.

“If you see Bill Porter, Dan Flisek, Gavin Taylor, Kinsey Naud, and Rachel Ivy around campus, don't forget to congratulate and thank them for putting on a very entertaining show for all ages that showcases for elementary school students how fun and exciting science can be,” said NSWC PCD Technical Director Ed Stewart. “I am confident that there are young students who will one day come to work at PCD because they were inspired at one of the Science Brothers shows. Special thanks to Ed Linsenmeyer for serving as mentor.”

The Science Brothers formed March 1, 2011, and continue to be requested by schools, military commands, and organizations to conduct their STEM outreach presentations across the United States.

The STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter award ceremony will be held at the Pentagon at the end of June 2016.

For more information about the Science Brothers, visit: http://www.sciencebrothers.org/

 Navy physicist Dan Flisek and engineer Bill Porter perform their "Walk the Dog" demonstration for elementary school children as part of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach. U.S. Navy photo by Dan Broadstreet/Released.
Navy physicist Dan Flisek and engineer Bill Porter perform their "Walk the Dog" demonstration for elementary school children as part of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach. U.S. Navy photo by Dan Broadstreet/Released.
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