In 1989, Barbara Koscak, a recognized leader in education, was invited to the White House by President Ronald Reagan and awarded the Federal Aviation Administration's National Educator of the Year Award. The President selected her because of her ability to excite her students to learn Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM) and to develop their potential for challenging careers. Knowing that all children love airplanes, she had created a curriculum built around space and the physics of flight – a curriculum that was "hands-on, minds-on."
After 20 years of success, the DoD STARBASE dream has blossomed from a single classroom to classrooms in five regions of the country, in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Indian Reservations, and U.S. Territories.
To date, the program has provided 25 hours of stimulating experiences at military bases for over 850,000 students. National Guard, Navy, Marine, Air Force Reserve and Air Force bases are home to the program. This rapid growth truly affirms the children of America have a need and that DoD STARBASE meets that need.
STARBASE Indiana, one of the newest STARBASE locations, was founded at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, Indiana by Col David Augustine. We opened our doors to our first class on February 14, 2012, and have been proudly serving the teachers and youth of Northeast Indiana ever since.
"My favorite part of STARBASE was
programming robots and doing
Bernoulli's Principles." -
Alex 1.0 STARBASE
LEarn with STEM Professionals
Provide career motivation, orientation, and exploration thorough STEM partnerships with STEM professionals, industry, and educational communities
Excite students with an exceptional opportunity for experiencing hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math
Inspire students and help nurture positive attitudes toward their education and future, as well as
DoD STARBASE offers a positive, proven approach to engendering excitement and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
During this decade, employment in science and engineering occupations is expected to increase at almost four times the rate for all occupations.
In the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), U.S. students ranked 17th out of 65 countries in science literacy and 25th out of 65 countries in math literacy.
In the United States less than 10 percent of graduate degrees are conferred in engineering, mathematics and computer science. This places our country 20th internationally in
terms of graduate degrees in these critical areas.
The rapid pace of technological change, and globalization of the economy, simply demands that our workforce be literate in science and math.
Less than 1% of current elementary school students will seek advanced education in the sciences.
Students who attend DoD STARBASE Academies increase their knowledge and skills in STEM.
Students who attend DoD STARBASE improve their attitudes about and their confidence in STEM.
Looking for a STARBASE near you?
Have any questions? Email any of our locations for details:
Fort Wayne (260) 478-3712
Indianapolis (317) 247-3502
South Bend (317) 247-3300 ext. 88834