STARBASE serves students and teachers by providing
exciting hands-on learning experiences combining personal
development, teambuilding and hands-on enrichment in
science, math, and technology. Our Vision is to teach
students strategies needed to achieve their dreams
and become responsible members of society.
a program for youth ages 6 through 18, is aimed at improving
math and science skills. The program starts at the elementary
school level in order to attract and prepare students
at an early age for careers in engineering and other
science-related fields of study.
The program principally exposes at-risk children and
their teachers to real world applications of math and
science through experiential learning, simulations, and
experiments in aviation and space-related fields. The
program also addresses drug use prevention, health, self
esteem and life skills within a math- and science-based
are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia,
Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota,
Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico,
South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia,
Schools with a high
proportion of economically and educationally disadvantaged
students apply and are selected by state and local selection
Personnel and Support Services:
are staffed by federally reimbursed state employees or
Through hands-on learning, students improve their math,
science, and technology-related skills. Support system
and extended-care networks are also provided for students
as the program tracks their improvement in the curriculum
areas. Parents are encouraged to become positively involved
in their childrenÂ´s learning process.
- Establish productive partnerships with schools
and educators to students achieve educational standards.
- Build personal development skills in youth through
improved teamwork, goal setting, self-esteem, decision-making
and problem solving.
- Strengthen the ability of youth to make healthy
choices and resist negative influences.
- Increase student interest in and knowledge in science,
math, and technology.
- Encourage female involvement in science, math,
- Provide effective training courses that give teachers
the knowledge and resources they need to implement
successful curriculum enhancements at school.
An independent evaluation of STARBASE conducted by Social
consultants International Inc. concluded that:
- "Students are exposed to highly sophisticated technology
which become meaningful in the exciting, hands-on,
real-life base setting. Through their exposure, they
learned firsthand the application of physics, computers
and mathematics to the world around them."
- Instructors "helped the students build strong self-esteem,
confidence, and provided the inspiration for them
to believe that they too could identify and achieve
personal goals through positive action."
- Attitudes about science and math changed as a result
of participation, with many more students reporting
they liked science and math."
- "Children who attended showed excellent retention
and program teaching points."