are fun and interesting, and provide us with knowledge to extend human life and our capacity for exploration. As much as they can improve our lives they can also do considerable harm. It is this bifurcation of the idea of science and engineering in education, and the opportunity to show students the “power” of what they are learning as well as the responsibility to use that “power” for the betterment of humanity that led Audrey Buttice and Samuel DuPont to create Scientific League LLC, a company which aims to deliver science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM-related knowledge primarily to elementary aged students.
Audrey Buttice, Ph.D. and Samuel DuPont, Ph.D., chanced upon the idea while working on their Ph.D.’s in chemical engineering at the University of South Florida. Through STARS (Students, Teachers, and Resources in the Sciences), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program, they visited Florida elementary schools where they provided instruction and performed experiments with students and teachers. The experience satiated Buttice & DuPont’s passion for educating young students and teachers in STEM related topics.
engagement in STEM-related topics and provide trainers (teachers) with a solid network of educational support. In its superficial form it is a series of videos and printed materials designed by people with a solid background in STEM, and created with a focus on engaging student interest and enhancing a teacher’s ability to convey core STEM concepts. Superhero Training Network materials follow both the Sunshine State Standards (current Florida education standards) and the new Next Generation Science Standards. One of the goals of the program is to form a community of educational professionals that have various degrees of experience in educational techniques and STEM related subjects which act as resources for the educational community without requiring an unreasonable time commitment.
encouraging students to explore STEM based opportunities. Science League has been working with FLATE on a variety of video production projects aimed at encouraging students to pursue technical and manufacturing workforce. These videos will also provide students with an idea of the types of jobs available to them in their state as well as what these corporations look for when hiring new technical employees. “We have really enjoyed working with FLATE and plan to continue partnering with them on other projects that our multi-media expertise can benefit” Buttice said.
The State of Florida has the third largest population in country, with an official 2020 estimate of 21.5 million persons and approximately 58% of the population is in the civilian labor force (12,600,000).