SAVE STARBASE

STEM Education Program is losing its funding!

What Is STARBASE

It is a youth math, science and technology program of the United States Department of Defense. Kansas STARBASE is one of the largest National Guard STARBASE programs in the nation, with more than 300 volunteers from the Kansas Air and Army National Guards donating their time and talent to the program. As part of the program, military pilots, mechanics, security officers and other uniquely-trained military personnel lead five-day academies to teach Kansas children in grades 4 through 6 practical, job-earning skills. The program uses hands-on, active, fun learning projects to apply math and science concepts to daily life. Kansas STARBASE, Inc., a non-profit corporation, operates the STARBASE program on behalf of the Kansas National Guard.

The Benefits of STARBASE

Students who participate in the program have made an average gain of 20 percent on their math and science test scores. In addition, students have learned about values, character and good choices. The STARBASE program meets state standards for math and science curriculum and is designed to help augment what schools with limited resources are able to offer students. The goal of the program is to help youth overcome adversity and obtain jobs in the future. "STARBASE is so much fun," said one recent STARBASE graduate. "I think everyone should go. They make learning very fun. I like how they do that. Keep doing it."

IMPORTANCE OF STEM PROGRAMS

80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depends on the mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills, but students are not currently equipped to satisfy this growing need. Over the past 10 years, the Growth in STEM Jobs was 3X GREATER than that of NON-STEM Jobs. We ALL need to START Triggering students' interest in pursuing more technical fields! CLICK for more STEM information.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1) Like the Facebook Page Save DoD STARBASE
2) Sign the Petition to save STARBASE
3) WRITE to your Legislative about the importance of these programs for our kids!