DoD STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they continue their education. The sites serve students that are historically under-represented in STEM. Students who live in inner cities or rural locations, those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance or have a disability are in the target group. The program encourages students to set goals and achieve them.
The sites work with school districts to support their standards of learning objectives. A teacher whose class attended DoD STARBASE stated, "STARBASE teaches science and math in ways that we wish we had the time, resources and expertise to do in the regular classroom. It's experiential, exploratory learning with a direct tie to the standards."
The program engages students through the inquiry-based curriculum with its "hands-on, mind-on" experiential activities. They study Newton's Laws and Bernoulli's principle; navigation and mapping. They are captivated by engineering as they use the computer to design space stations. Math is embedded throughout the curriculum and students use metric measurement, estimation, calculation geometry and data analysis to solve problems. Teamwork is emphasized as they work together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts.
Mission and Vision Statement
To expose our nation's youth to the technological environments and positive civilian and military role models found on Active, Guard, and Reserve military bases and installations, nurture a winning network of collaborators and build mutual loyalty within our communities by providing 25 hours of exemplary hands-on instruction and activities that meet or exceed the National Standards.
To be the premier Department of Defense youth outreach program for raising the interest in learning and improving the knowledge and skills of our nation's at-risk youth so that we may develop a highly educated and skilled American workforce who can meet the advance technological requirements of the Department of Defense.