STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter

MDA Employee Ms. Lisa Laurendine is recognized for her efforts in STEM education and outreach initiatives

Dr. Milan Nikolich, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, presents Ms. Lisa Laurendine, from the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advocate of the Quarter Award on Nov. 8, 2018. (U.S. Army photo)
Dr. Milan Nikolich, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, presents Ms. Lisa Laurendine, from the Missile Defense Agency, the Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advocate of the Quarter Award on Nov. 8, 2018. (U.S. Army photo)

Ms. Lisa Laurendine from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) was recently honored as the 2018 third quarter winner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Laurendine was recognized for demonstrating exemplary STEM education and outreach advocacy in her community in support of the Department’s STEM mission to inspire the next generation of young Americans.

In terms of STEM educational efforts focus on Kindergarten -12th grade students, Laurendine currently serves as the MDA STEM Program Champion for its supported program, Society for Science and the Public fairs. These are national science and engineering fair competitions for students in Grades 5-12, designed to inspire the nation's young scientists, engineers, and innovators. Laurendine serves as an internal resource for potential volunteers, answering questions about volunteer roles and duties, recruiting volunteers, and providing onsite support for volunteers on activity day.

Additionally, Laurendine established the Alabama Modeling and Simulation Council Special Award in 2007, which is presented at the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair. Through her participation over the past 10 years, reaching out to local and state students each year, she has helped promote Alabama youth interest in modeling and simulation and, by extension, the growth of the modeling and simulation industry in Alabama.

Laurendine has also supported many college STEM initiatives, including leading the effort to select seven engineering students for the 2017 Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service Program. In her mentorship role, Laurendine established site visits to missile defense hardware and platforms to provide interns an authentic learning experience detailing the overarching critical technologies of the Ballistic Missile Defense System and the vital role engineers play in ensuring mission success.

Laurendine has also supported the NASA/Orbital ATK Launch Contest, in which 40 college teams participated and networked with the NASA Lead to coordinate MDA STEM involvement for Fiscal Year 2018. By nurturing young minds and attracting new hires to MDA, she helps establish the talent base for the future workforce.

Laurendine’s dedication towards STEM advocacy and her ability to engage students of all academic levels has helped MDA and the Department advance in its STEM-related mission and goals. Her work continues to inspire and secure the Nation’s future workforce talent of innovators and researchers who will develop cutting-edge technology solutions to help solve the most critical technological challenges.

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2018 Awardees

NUWC Division Newport engineer honored as DOD advocate for STEM education, outreach

Mary Miller, right, performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, and Dr. Jagadeesh Pamulapati, left, director, laboratories office, office of the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, present the Department of Defense STEM Advocate of the Quarter Award to Dr. John DiCecco from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, during the 2018 Engineers Week celebration held at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)
(Feb. 21, 2018) Mary Miller, right, performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, and Dr. Jagadeesh Pamulapati, left, director, laboratories office, office of the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, present the Department of Defense STEM Advocate of the Quarter Award to Dr. John DiCecco from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, during the 2018 Engineers Week celebration held at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Dr. John DiCecco, an engineer at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, has won the Department of Defense (DOD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advocate Award for 2018, first quarter.

This award program honors individuals that demonstrate exemplary support of STEM education and outreach across DOD. These individuals go above and beyond their expected roles and responsibilities to bring STEM into the community through active engagement.

Since joining NUWC Newport’s Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles and Defense Systems Department in October 2007, DiCecco of South Kingstown, R.I., has established an extensive collaborative relationship with NUWC Newport’s Educational Outreach Program in realizing the mission of community outreach. He has contributed a significant amount of personal time and effort providing leadership and mentorship to individuals in the local community, the state of Rhode Island, and the nation.

Each year, he judges local and state science fairs and SeaPerch and robotics competitions. He continues to provide guidance to area high schools and universities regarding outreach efforts, as he is actively involved in Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences activities.

Since 2009, he has actively participated in the expansion of the SeaPerch program into the New Bedford, Mass., school system and designed and developed advanced sensor applications for the SeaPerch platform. DiCecco also designed and developed the Undersea Technology Apprentice Program, and continues to be heavily involved in the planning and execution of the Division’s Bring a Child to Work Day and Bring a Future Engineer to Work Day efforts.

DiCecco’s commitment to mentoring doctoral students was noted by an evaluation panel member as a "very strong demonstration of naval STEM capabilities and commitment."

DiCecco holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, and a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, all from the University of Rhode Island.


Article re-published from the NUWC original press release: NUWC Division Newport Public Affairs

2017 Awardees

Shanda Johnson recognized for significant STEM education and outreach advocacy

Awarded for outreach activities directly supporting more than 30,000 students, Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT), was presented the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mary Miller.

Daniel A. Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) and Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT). Johnson was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award in March 2017.

Daniel A. Ormond (left), Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) and Shanda Johnson (right), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT). Johnson was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award in March 2017.

“It is clear you have gone above and beyond in your dedication to STEM outreach and advocacy on behalf of the Department of Defense,” said Miller. “You are truly deserving of this honor.”

Acknowledging the need to serve underrepresented and minority students in the Charleston area, Johnson founded a “My Brother’s Keeper” coalition to inspire children to explore STEM careers. “My Brother’s Keeper,” a national program launched in February 2014, challenges cities, towns, counties and tribes to implement coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategies to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color - ensuring all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Johnson brought together a diverse coalition of leaders from the local community, universities, colleges, and businesses to support and encourage the students.

Johnson has also led and mentored robotics competitions, cyber camps, and various other STEM programs, engaging the community to shape the STEM workforce of the future.

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Chemist Honored

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently honored Dr. Rose A. Pesce-Rodriguez, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Weapons and Materials Directorate, Energetic Materials Science Branch chemist, as the 2017 second quarter winner of the DoD Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Recognized for active involvement with STEM education outreach efforts, programs, and activities, Dr. Rodriguez provided significant impact in Howard County, Maryland and other school districts throughout the region.

Daniel A. Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) and Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT). Johnson was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award in March 2017.

From left to right: Acting USD AT&L Mr. James MacStarvic, Acting ASD(R&E) Ms. Mary Miller, Dr. Rose A. Pesce-Rodriguez from Army Research Laboratory, Acting DASD(R) Mr. Dale Ormond

Pesce-Rodriguez supported the DoD’s STEM mission to inspire exceptional STEM talent across the Nation’s education continuum. Capturing students’ interest in chemistry and STEM principles through an active role in ARL initiatives, she is a leader in Howard County’s “Chemistry in the Library” program. Each session offers an interactive, hands-on learning experience to a large number of students, teaching the wonders of chemistry, by conducting experiments in a fun and imaginative environment. Past sessions included themes such as “Chemistry Wonders of Our World,” which focused on activities and discussions centered around the colors of chemistry, while “The Great Indoors” explored indoor air and water quality. Additionally, Pesce-Rodriguez developed the Student Summer Symposium, a platform for ARL interns to present summer research projects to various members of the ARL scientific community. The Symposium offers interns a meaningful and invaluable laboratory experience to help develop the next generation of ARL scientists and engineers.

Pesce-Rodriguez’s endless enthusiasm for chemistry and the ability to engage students and interns through authentic real-world learning opportunities, greatly enhanced STEM education and outreach for the DoD. Educational contributions towards her local community paved a significant pathway towards inspiring and securing future workforce talent and helped DoD achieve its STEM-related mission and goals.

Air Force Technical Sergeant Honored as the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter

Technical Sergeant Joshua Leopardi from the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, 30th Space Wing, US Air Force, was recently honored as the 2017 third quarter winner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Leopardi was recognized for demonstrating exemplary STEM education and outreach advocacy in his local community, the Central Coast area of California, in support of the Department’s STEM mission to inspire the next generation of young Americans. 

Daniel A. Ormond, Principal Director, Research, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) and Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC LANT). Johnson was awarded the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award in March 2017.

U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Joshua Leopardi, Acting ASD(R&E) Ms. Mary Miller

Leopardi has greatly supported the DoD’s STEM mission to attract and inspire exceptional STEM talent across the Nation’s education continuum by engaging students in all levels of education, from elementary school to college-age students. For elementary students, he helped coordinate the addition of the sub-scale Discovery Space Shuttle model at the Santa Maria Valley Children's Museum. Leopardi assisted in the design and build of the model, which incorporated mechanical levers and sounds, providing an interactive experience for children to get excited and interested in space. Additionally, Leopardi worked with the Air Force Base Vandenberg Library to create a STEM-related craft night for younger children, which is a bi-weekly event in which children are led by engineers on a project in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics areas.

Leopardi’s work with middle and high school students included leading the Vandenberg Middle School team in the Team America Rocketry Challenge, in which he personally mentored them by holding weekly meetings with the students to discuss the rocket design process. His leadership and guidance ultimately led to scores that qualified the team for the national competition. Leopardi’s endless enthusiasm for raising STEM awareness also prompted him to act as the lead volunteer for the Central Coast STEM Science Fair, which promoted STEM interest to over 169 middle and high school students.

College-age students have benefitted greatly from Leopardi's efforts. He is currently working towards a degree in Aerospace Engineering with hopes of a career in this discipline, and due to his enthusiasm in this area of research, Leopardi led a STEM tour of the Vandenberg Air Force Base, connecting college students with the student chapter of the local section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he is currently serving as an active chairman. He has even created events that reach out to people of all ages in the local community, including creating a quarterly Aerospace Trivia Night, which resulted in great opportunities for social and professional networking for everyone interested in the aerospace industry.

Leopardi’s dedication towards STEM advocacy and his ability to engage students of all academic levels have helped the Air Force and the Department advance in its STEM-related mission and goals. He serves as a powerful STEM promoter and recruiter through his commitment to providing compelling, real-world STEM learning opportunities to everyone in his local community.  

Past STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Awards have also been presented to Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, US Army Research Laboratory, Weapons and Materials Directorate, Energetic Materials Science Branch (2017 second quarter winner) and Ms. Shanda Johnson, Technical Sergeant Joshua Leopardi from the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, 30th Space Wing, US Air Force, was recently honored as the 2017 third quarter winner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Leopardi was recognized for demonstrating exemplary STEM education and outreach advocacy in his local community, the Central Coast area of California, in support of the Department’s STEM mission to inspire the next generation of young Americans.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (2017 first quarter winner).

U.S. Air Force Academy Professor Honored as the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter

Dr. Ronald P. Furstenau from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Chemistry Department, was recently honored as the 2017 fourth quarter winner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award. Furstenau was recognized for demonstrating exemplary STEM education and outreach advocacy at the Air Force Academy and in his local community, in support of the Department’s STEM mission to inspire America’s next generation of young scientists and engineers.

Furstenau greatly earned his role as the “the man” to book for STEM events across Colorado by engaging students in all levels of education, from elementary school to college-age students. His endless enthusiasm for STEM and ability to engage students through authentic real-world learning opportunities and presentations has made him very popular amongst the education community. Furstenau has presented in local kindergarten – 12 grade classrooms, conducted Gifted and Talented workshops, and participated in school Science and STEM Nights. Colorado universities have also requested him to present at Cool Science Carnival Days - a festival that includes science shows, hands-on fun exhibits, open labs and demos, along with many other fun STEM-related events. Additionally, Furstenau dedicates his Saturdays to conducting interactive chemistry workshops to regional Girl and Boy Scout troops. During these workshops, the attendees can receive their Home Science and Chemistry Merit badges by participating in hands-on activities consisting of polymers, dry ice, and chemical reactions.

Dr. Ronald P. Furstenau from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Chemistry Department

Furstenau also takes an active role in helping prepare teachers to bring STEM, with an emphasis on chemistry, to their classrooms in entertaining and engaging ways for students of all ages. He has personally led professional development workshops, with his most recent program called, “Chemistry in the Garden.” During this effort, teachers extracted caffeine from tea leaves and conducted metal analysis in mushrooms and spinach. Additionally, this past summer, Furstenau taught additional hands-on sessions entitled, “Periodic Table, States of Matter and Quantum Mechanics,” “Polymers,” “Make it Stop,” “Chemistry of Rockets,” and “Qualitative Analysis on the Microscale” to 110 teachers attending a STEM Teacher Bootcamp.

Furstanau continues to bring compelling, real-world STEM learning opportunities to his classroom at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Student and teacher feedback consistently ranked his presentations as the number one STEM experience of the day on the Air Force Academy Survey of Satisfaction forms. He has even authored his own book entitled, “Julie and the Atom,” written with children in mind describing atoms and molecules at an elementary level. He passes out this book to students in the hopes of keeping them interested and excited about STEM education.

Furstenau’s dedication towards STEM advocacy and his ability to engage students of all academic levels have helped the Air Force and the Department advance in its STEM-related mission and goals. He helps ensure students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and in their careers, and is committed to providing educators with the necessary resources needed to provide every student with an authentic STEM experience in the classroom. Furstenau’s STEM-related work continues to inspire and secure the Nation’s future workforce talent of innovators and researchers who will develop cutting-edge technology solutions to help solve the most critical technological challenges on a national and international scale.

Past STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Awards have also been presented to Technical Sergeant Joshua Leopardi, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, 30th Space Wing, US Air Force (2017 third quarter winner), Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, US Army Research Laboratory, Weapons and Materials Directorate, Energetic Materials Science Branch (2017 second quarter winner) and Ms. Shanda Johnson, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (2017 first quarter winner).

2016 Awardees

Department of Defense STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award

The U.S. Air Force’s dedication to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach was on prime display during a March 2016 awards ceremony honoring winners of the Department of Defense (DoD) STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award.

Dr. Melissa Flagg, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Research;  and Dr. Ryan Swindle, Research Physicist, Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site.

Dr. Melissa Flagg, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Research; and Dr. Ryan Swindle, Research Physicist, Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site.

This was the inaugural ceremony for this new FY 2016 award recognizing the extraordinary contributions of DoD military and civilian personnel in promoting, enhancing, and developing STEM education and outreach activities.

The first quarter winner is Dr. Ryan Swindle, a research physicist at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site (AMOS) in Hawaii. The second quarter winner is the Air Force Academy Cadet STEM Outreach Club. In a ceremony at the Pentagon, both Dr. Swindle and Cadet Club representatives were recognized for their unrivaled drive and dedication to STEM outreach by Dr. Melissa Flagg, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research (DASD(R)).

Dr. Swindle, the first quarter winner, established himself as a role model and leader in STEM education and outreach efforts in K-12 activities, teacher education, and internship programs. His accomplishments in the Maui community are numerous:

  • He worked with the University of Hawaii to acquire a 25-person planetarium that showed middle school students how the Air Force uses the night sky in its missions around the globe. The planetarium was so popular with students that Swindle worked with Air Force officials to procure a 50-person unit for future STEM events.
  • Swindle represented AMOS at a local school’s career day, answering questions from over 700 middle and high school students. Through that effort, he was even able to secure a commitment from a student to enlist in the Air Force.
  • He provided physics lab demonstrations for over 60 students and parents at a local elementary school.

The Air Force Academy Cadet STEM Outreach Club consists of over 450 cadets, from various academic backgrounds, who volunteer their item to enrich the local community.  Like Swindle, the Cadet STEM club has made significant accomplishments in supporting STEM education and outreach in their community:

  • The club has established numerous relationships with local schools and has reached more than 175,000 community members in the Colorado Front region. 
  • The club has been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for outstanding STEM outreach in the Rocky Mountain region.
  • More than 15 news and feature articles have been written about the club at the regional and national level, including coverage in the Denver Post and the Air Force Times.
  • In the past year alone, the club has participated in 37 events and dedicated 288 volunteer hours promoting STEM education and STEM career fields. Cadets led classroom demonstrations of hybrid rockets, glider construction, model rocket launches, and robot operation, and gave lessons on flight history.

Department of Defense STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award

The U.S. Air Force’s dedication to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach was on prime display during a March 2016 awards ceremony honoring winners of the Department of Defense (DoD) STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award.

Dr. Melissa Flagg, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Research;  and Dr. Ryan Swindle, Research Physicist, Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site.

Dr. Melissa Flagg, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Research; and Dr. Ryan Swindle, Research Physicist, Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site.

This was the inaugural ceremony for this new FY 2016 award recognizing the extraordinary contributions of DoD military and civilian personnel in promoting, enhancing, and developing STEM education and outreach activities.

The first quarter winner is Dr. Ryan Swindle, a research physicist at the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site (AMOS) in Hawaii. The second quarter winner is the Air Force Academy Cadet STEM Outreach Club. In a ceremony at the Pentagon, both Dr. Swindle and Cadet Club representatives were recognized for their unrivaled drive and dedication to STEM outreach by Dr. Melissa Flagg, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research (DASD(R)).

Dr. Swindle, the first quarter winner, established himself as a role model and leader in STEM education and outreach efforts in K-12 activities, teacher education, and internship programs. His accomplishments in the Maui community are numerous:

  • He worked with the University of Hawaii to acquire a 25-person planetarium that showed middle school students how the Air Force uses the night sky in its missions around the globe. The planetarium was so popular with students that Swindle worked with Air Force officials to procure a 50-person unit for future STEM events.
  • Swindle represented AMOS at a local school’s career day, answering questions from over 700 middle and high school students. Through that effort, he was even able to secure a commitment from a student to enlist in the Air Force.
  • He provided physics lab demonstrations for over 60 students and parents at a local elementary school.

The Air Force Academy Cadet STEM Outreach Club consists of over 450 cadets, from various academic backgrounds, who volunteer their item to enrich the local community.  Like Swindle, the Cadet STEM club has made significant accomplishments in supporting STEM education and outreach in their community:

  • The club has established numerous relationships with local schools and has reached more than 175,000 community members in the Colorado Front region. 
  • The club has been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for outstanding STEM outreach in the Rocky Mountain region.
  • More than 15 news and feature articles have been written about the club at the regional and national level, including coverage in the Denver Post and the Air Force Times.
  • In the past year alone, the club has participated in 37 events and dedicated 288 volunteer hours promoting STEM education and STEM career fields. Cadets led classroom demonstrations of hybrid rockets, glider construction, model rocket launches, and robot operation, and gave lessons on flight history.

Department of Defense STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award

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, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mary Miller (left) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research Dr. Melissa Flagg (far right) congratulate Bill Porter and Dan Flisek, known as "The Science Brothers".

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mary Miller (left) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research Dr. Melissa Flagg (far right) congratulate Bill Porter and Dan Flisek, known as the "Science Brothers".

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 DC’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/.

Department of Defense STEM Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter Award

Congratulations to Lt. Col. Tucker Hamilton, U.S. Air Force, for his award as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Outreach Advocate of the Quarter presented by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mary J. Miller.

Hamilton founded and runs a non-profit organization, STEM-ED, to facilitate STEM outreach. The Florida-based STEM-ED supports teachers in need in the Eglin Air Force Base area. The organization has grown exponentially with more than 600 volunteers, organized outreach events, and mentorship opportunities in the Florida panhandle.

Hamilton also serves as the inaugural chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics STEM committee. As chair, he was directly responsible for creating a robotics competition later used as a beta test by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a frequent speaker in the Washington, D.C., area, reaching more than 1,700 people.