STARBASE 1.0

1.0 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 academies serve students that are historically under-represented in STEM. The program encourages students to set goals and achieve them.

 

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; explore nanotechnology, navigation and mapping. They are captivated by engineering as they use the computer to design space station components, then print them out on the 3D printer.  Math is embedded throughout the curriculum and students use metric measurement, estimation, calculation geometry and data analysis to solve questions.  Teamwork is stressed as they work together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts.

 

Since the academies are located in different branches of the military this experience is highly varied.  Students may discuss how chemical fires are extinguished, learn how injured are transported, see an A-10 up close or the interior of a submarine.

 

 

 

 

STARBASE 2.0

STARBASE 2.0 has a unique program design, incorporating elements of team mentoring, school-based mentoring, and after school programming. Team mentoring refers to a group setting where the youth to adult ratio is relatively low, with less than five youth to one adult. School-based mentoring describes one-on-one mentoring that usually takes place within a student's school day on the school grounds. After school programming refers to extracurricular activities that generally occur on school grounds after regular school hours.

 

The combination of these types of programs provides a highly safe and structured environment that supports school goals, fosters peer relationships, and appeals to non-traditional mentors The unique combination aligns with the intended outcomes of the program to increase STEM interest and knowledge, reduce high-risk behavior, increase engagement with school, and increase career awareness.

 

 

 

Summer Camp

Our summer camps explore the best of our local community STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) collaborations. In addition to learning at our host STARBASE locations, we travel around our local communities to bring students the latest in STEAM learning. We pack these 5 day programs with any of the following: computer design, aviation investigations, the science of baseball, robotics programming, or one of our very favorites-rocket launches.

 

In addition to experiments and rocket launches, we know campers are also building skills in observation, investigation, science, technology, engineering, and math. Not to mention confidence!

 

    Frequently Asked Questions

 

     How much does it cost?

 

   The main STARBASE Indiana program is fully funded by the Department of Defense and additional growth and activities are supported by donations to our 501(c)(3) fund. This means

   there is no cost to the school for the program. We only ask that the school provides transportation and makes sure the students have lunches.

 

    No, really? What about hidden costs? There has to be a catch.

 

No catch - the entire 5-day, 25-hour intensive STEM program is completely free to the schools. As long as you can get the students here (by big yellow bus, special purpose buses, carpooling parents, wagon train, etc.) with their lunches, we'll take care of the rest. Also, since we consider this to be an extension of the classroom rather than just a field trip, the teacher and a few chaperones need to come along and stay all day to provide support and any necessary discipline (but we take care of most of the teaching and we have a pretty nice coffee maker, so it's usually not much of a hardship).

 

Is the program just for 5th grade classes?

 

The STARBASE Indiana program is designed at the 5th grade level for an entire class (up to 32 students). Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand for our program, at this point we typically can not accept individual students or students in grades other than 5th. Individual students interested in coming to STARBASE should look into our summer camps - more info

about the camps can be found here.

 

What about homeschool groups?

 

If a homeschool group can gather together at least 20 students, we might be able to work something out. The students should be primarily in the 5th grade. We strongly recommend that younger siblings are not brought to the program. Please contact us to discuss your unique situation.

 

Do we have to come for all 5 days/weeks (and for 5 hours every day)?

 

Yes. The program builds on itself and we are required to teach a minimum number of hours in each subject area listed above in the Curriculum and Standards section (remember, this counts as a regular school day!). The program can be run either for 5 sequential days (Monday-Friday of a single week) or, more typically, one day a week for 5 weeks. We can be flexible regarding your arrival and departure times, however. Contact us to work out the details.

 

Do you have any assessment tools built into the program?

 

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 academies 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 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; explore nanotechnology, navigation and mapping. They are captivated by engineering as they use the computer to design space station components, then print them out on the 3D printer.  Math is embedded throughout the curriculum and students use metric measurement, estimation, calculation geometry and data analysis to solve questions.  Teamwork is stressed as they work together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts.

 

The teachers and guest speakers apply abstract principles to real world situations by leading tours and giving lectures on the use of STEM in different settings and careers.  Since the academies are located in different branches of the military this experience is highly varied.  Students may discuss how chemical fires are extinguished, learn how injured are transported, explore the cockpit of an F-18 or the interior of a submarine.

 

Yes. At the beginning of Day 1 the students are given a 15-question pre-test and they take a post-test near the end of Day 5. All of their answers are digitally recorded and the data are provided to the teacher so both class averages and individual results can be tracked. Typically we see around a 20% to 45% improvement by the end of the program and we find that more students are considering STEM-related careers. However, long-term tracking is difficult so we always appreciate it when teachers share success stories years later.

 

Are you going to recruit my child into the military?

 

No. Although we are located on a military base, our primary goal is to inspire students to learn more science, technology, engineering and math so that they will someday be able to get

good jobs or at least have a better understanding of the world around them so they can make sound, informed decisions. To accomplish this, we introduce the students to a variety of professionals from around the base, such as pilots, firefighters and mechanics but we do not push them towards military careers. We also focus on peaceful applications of STEM such as designing robotic planetary explorers or vehicle crash safety systems.

 

I have other questions not answered here. What should I do?

 

Contact us by phone or email during normal working hours. We would be happy to explain everything to you. During that time you can also arrange for a tour of the STARBASE facilities or request one (or more) of us come to your school to introduce the program to your teachers, students, administration and/or other interested parties. We know we have a fantastic program here and we welcome any opportunity to talk about it.

 

 

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Fort Wayne  (260) 478-3712

Indianapolis (317) 247-3502

South Bend (317) 247-3300 ext. 88834

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