the Superhero Training Network
the Superhero Training Network
Join the Scientific League of Superheroes and empower the next generation of scientific superheroes in the Superhero Training Network!
Join the Scientific League of Superheroes and empower the next generation of scientific superheroes in the Superhero Training Network! Read more
About this project
The Superhero Training Network (STN) is an immersive and engaging educational experience designed to inspire student imagination while fostering a life long passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We are asking for your help so that we can complete the next volume of our video and book series. Check out some of our awesome Superhero-themed rewards and see what you can do to support this unique educational program and encourage the scientists and inventors of the future.
The Superhero Training Network uses a fun and engaging Superhero themed story line to capture student attention. In the STN, the evil scientist Dr. Entropy has taken over the International Space Station and is threatening to destroy the world's communication satellites if we do not follow his three rules. The Scientific League of Superheroes has responded but they know that they cannot do it alone.
They are currently reaching out to young scientists around the globe who are joining the Superhero Training Network in order to save the planet from Dr. Entropy and the Scientific League of Evil.
By completing the STN Code of Ethics and Confidentiality Agreement, students become official trainees in the program and train alongside of the Scientific League of Superheroes, their engineering graduate student secret identities, and their trainers (teachers/parents) to gain the science and engineering knowledge needed to defeat Dr. Entropy.
While in the program the trainees learn from unique superheroes such as the mighty MegaByte, the electrifying Super Conductor, and the elusive Sublimation through secret video feed from an underground emergency broadcasting system. Through these videos and associated textbook style Training Manuals, students join the exciting lives of the superheroes as they work in the laboratories at the University during the day and fight evil science in their spare time. Join the fun, but beware of evil scientists like Dr. Entropy, Big Bang, Maelstrom, and Antimatter, a trainee turned evil.
The Scientific League of Superheroes also have an awesome theme song that you will receive with your support! Check out the extended title sequence for the STN to see clips of the program synced to the theme song!
Do you have what it takes to protect scientific justice in the world? Just remember, SCIENCE IS OUR STRENGTH!
The STN will consist of 12 video episodes that will be offered in 4 DVD volumes. Each volume will contain 3 episodes and exciting bonus features such as interviews with the cast (who are engineering graduate students), and science on location segments where students see how science is applied in the world around them. For samples of these videos visit our YouTube page! Each of these volumes will be accompanied by a correlating STN Training Manual. STN Training Manuals are textbook style activity books that reinforce the concepts that were covered in the video (also can be used alone) and offer fun and interactive activity sheets through which the students help the superheroes solve the scientific dilemma of the given story line. To see samples of the "Academic Challenges" that are found in the workbooks click here! To date, we have completely produced the first 6 episodes of the STN. DVD volumes 1 and 2, and Training Manual Volume 1 have been printed and students have already gained access to these materials. Volumes 3 and 4 are approximately 50% complete and that's where you come in.
We need your help bringing the next volume of the STN to life so we can continue to engage students and encourage the scientists and inventors of the future. With the funding that we receive from this Kickstarter campaign, we are planning to print the Volume 2 training manual, and complete Volume 3 of the STN (both DVD and Training Manual). Here are the topics that these volumes include:
Check out the awesome rewards that you will receive while helping to support this exciting educational endeavor and get the STN for your home or school, along with other awesome superhero themed rewards. We are so thankful for your support and appreciate your visit to the STN Kickstarter page!
Take a look at all of the awesome rewards that you could receive by donating to our campaign! All of our rewards include shipping to anywhere in the US! Here are a few details to help you understand what you will receive when you back this exciting Kickstarter campaign!
Many of our rewards build on three basic packages of the program. These packages: the "Trainee Package", the "Sidekick Package", and "the Superhero Package" are summarized below for your reference. For the Sidekick Package just let us know which volume (1-3) of the STN you want! We're currently producing Volume 3, so keep in mind that it won't be available until June of 2014. If it's done earlier we'll make sure you get your copy hot off the press!
One of our rewards offers you the opportunity to receive one of the STN themed activity kits including the "Water Treatment Researcher" and "Crazy Conductors". Each of these kits come with an item that was handcrafted by the Scientific League of Superheroes, such as a test tube holder, a circuit board, and fluid conductivity vessel. Each kit also comes with a manual that provides users with introductory lessons, several experiments that can be conducted using the contents of the kit, worksheets for the experimenter to fill out while conducting the experiments, a debriefing section, information on how the kit contents can be refilled, and ideas for potential experiment expansions. These kits will be distributed randomly based on availability. If you prefer one kit over the other please specify and we will do our best to make sure you get the scientific experiment adventure of your choice!
A couple of our rewards come with a standard-grade and/or premium-grade mask that you can wear while you train with the Scientific League of Superheroes. Standard-grade masks are made of foam with string ties and premium-grade masks are made of felt with an elastic headband and rubber backing. Each mask comes in the designs shown below. Colors may vary. Please state if the mask is for a female or male.
If you have questions about any of the rewards that we are offering, please feel free to send us a message through Kickstarter or to the below email address!
We look forward to seeing which reward you choose!
Check out the video below to see what teachers and school administrators had to say about using the Superhero Training Network in their classrooms!
We developed the Superhero Training Network while we were graduate students in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Florida. At the time, we were working as graduate fellows in the National Science Foundation's GK-12 program which put us in 3rd - 5th grade classrooms once a week to aid with math and science lessons. During this time we saw a distinct need for engaging, accurate, and memorable science materials that teachers could use to open lines of discussion with their students. We wanted to build something that students would remember, something that would expand their imaginations and make them feel like they are a part of something bigger while teaching them the science and math they need to succeed in a very critical time in their educational paths. We hope that the STN will empower students and make them feel like they can be successful in what can be perceived as difficult career paths and that they carry this confidence with them throughout their education.
We are both very passionate people who pour ourselves into every project we take on and the STN is no exception. The STN has been a labor of love for us and has given us the opportunity to merge our artistic, educational, and scientific abilities in a way that we never expected. The program received rave reviews the first year that it was in schools encouraging us to continue its production after graduating with our PhDs in chemical engineering in December of 2012. Today, over 2,000 students have experienced the Superhero Training Network and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. It has been an interesting year for us and we are thankful beyond measure to those who have helped and continue to help as we embark on this strange and exciting journey.
Risks and challenges
We are both very hardworking and devoted individuals who see limited risk in the production and manufacturing of the STN video series. Risks discussed here would lead only to the delay in production and not in the discarding of the project.
We are currently approximately 50% done with the STN content needed to produce STN Volumes 3 and 4. With the funding from this Kickstarter campaign we will be manufacturing Vol. 3, leaving us to raise additional funding to produce and manufacture Volume 4.. As we are currently actively working to raise the funding required to complete the series, through side jobs, competitions, and company sponsorship (if you're interested contact us!). If adequate funding is not received, we will continue in the development of the project at a delayed rate. We have already received the funding needed to complete volume 3 and anticipate it's completion before June 2014.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
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