The DoD STARBASE Program first originated in Detroit, Michigan as Project STARS in 1991. The curriculum, designed by Barbara Koscak and Rick Simms, focused on exposing at-risk youth, (4-6 grade) to innovative hands-on activities in science, technology and mathematics based on the physics of flight. Under the guidance of Brig. Gen. David Arendts, 127th wing commander at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, students were invited to Selfridge to participate and witness the application of scientific concepts in a “real world” setting. National Guard personnel demonstrated the use of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology in their fields of expertise and served as role models to the attending students.


In 1993, the U.S. Congress appropriated funds for DoD STARBASE and piloted the program in seven states. There are now locations spread across the United States and its territories. To date, programs are held at the following locations:

Air Force (10 locations), Air Force Reserve (4 locations), Army (1 location), National Guard (50 locations), and Marine Corps (1 location). Programs now include initiatives for learners of many grade and age levels.


To accommodate the growing demand for additional STEM programs, a structured after school mentoring program, STARBASE 2.0, for middle school students was piloted in 2010 at five locations.  The program’s success relies on collaboration between the sponsoring military unit and STARBASE Academy, the school district, and local communities.  The goal is for each STARBASE Academy to sponsor a 2.0 program.


"My favorite part of STARBASE was

     programming robots and doing

           Bernoulli's Principles." -

             Alex 1.0 STARBASE

Why starbase?


   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.


LEarn with STEM Professionals

hands on

Inspiring students

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

career motivation

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

Gary (317) 247-3300 ext. 85341


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