The kids chant, counting down from the number three, “Three, Two, One, Thrust Off”. Eggbert is secured in the shuttle and is launched across the room on a fishing line only to crash into the moonscape on the opposite wall. The kids’ cheers explode when they realize that the real egg has not cracked!  Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion and the Engineering Design process are just two categories that are discovered and implemented in this activity. For, kids who attend STARBASE, this is one of many different activities they will perform.

The whole principle is to stimulate kids’ interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields because we need engineers and technology people in this country. STARBASE’s purpose is to do just that, stimulate kids. The hope is stimulation will take them to the next step, graduation from high school and then on the college.

STARBASE is funded by the Department of Defense and it gives students hands-on STEM experiences through interactive experiments.  STARBASE is a five-day program, twenty five hour academy, where students and teachers attend one day a week for five weeks during the school year. Students learn:

  1. Sir Isaac Newton’s three Laws of Motion
  2. Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics
  3. Building Blocks of Matter
  4. Physical and Chemical Changes
  5. Atmospheric Properties
  6. Navigation and Mapping
  7. Engineering Design Process
  8. 3-D Computer-Aided Design
  9. Measurement
  10. Data analysis
  11. Exposure to STEM Careers on Military Facilities

STARBASE is in line with the State and National Curriculum Standards. It is proven that students scores on testing increases after graduating from a STARBASE Program because a pre- and post-test is given. Increases are approximately 30%. Kids report liking math and science better resulting in sparking their interest in a STEM career.