September Newsletter

The Director's Corner

We come upon another end of the fiscal year and Fall season. I am grateful for the many students that have come through our program. Our school year has started with us looking at COVID-19 in our rearview mirror and focusing on students' STEM futures in our windshield.

Thanks to everyone that played a role in our Department of Defense Level III recertification. We appreciate the collaboration with our partners that helped in our success. We hope that we are as much of a value to your organization as you are to us. One of those longstanding partnerships is with The Fort Valley State University College of Education. You will read a little more about this partnership in this issue. Please help us welcome a new member to our team, Mr. James Warren. You will read about him in this issue. He has already hit the ground running.

As I have mentioned earlier, we could not have a successful STARBASE ROBINS program without our partnerships and volunteers. We are in need of more volunteers. There are several opportunities to serve in different capacities. Please take the time to sign up either as a career guide for our 5th-grade program, a mentor for our STARBASE 2.0 program, or as a volunteer for our FIRST Lego League Robotics competition.

Wesley Fondal Jr.,

Executive Director

"The two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude and your effort."

-- Billy Cox


STARBASE ROBINS welcomes James Warren to the Instructional team! Mr. Warren graduated from Clarks Summit University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He has taught elementary education in Pennsylvania and New York public school systems. Mr. Warren spent the last few years teaching for a non-profit. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 3 children. Mr. Warren loves fast cars, fixing things, and seeing students realize that studying STEM is exciting and important.

STARBASE ROBINS Program Recertification

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Congratulations to STARBASE ROBINS for being recertified as a Level III high performing location! The Spectrum Group conducted a recertification site visit in May to determine if STARBASE ROBINS met the criteria to be recertified as a Level III. This operational level was awarded to STARBASE ROBINS in 2019 based on STARBASE 2.0 First Lego League programs, the sustainability of 28 clubs, and their partnership with The Fort Valley State University College of Education. STARBASE ROBINS is one of seven programs to be awarded this operational level. The documentation presented during the site visit showed evidence of their continued operational excellence and their commitment to advance the DoD STARBASE program vision and mission. Click on the link below to read the full report.

STARBASE Participates in Middle GA STEM Expo

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STARBASE ROBINS had the opportunity to participate in the 2022 Middle Georgia STEM City Expo. This free family friendly event offered unique, hands-on interactive STEM activities for all ages. Families who visited STARBASE ROBINS booth had the opportunity to learn about fluid mechanics and density. At the end of our fun and interactive activity, families had the opportunity to experience fluid mechanics in action by creating tornados using our tornado tubes and observing mass and volume using the density bottles.

We Need Volunteers!

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Volunteers are essential to the success of our program. Volunteers create opportunities to inspire young minds by supporting our program goals and initiatives. If you feel a need to be a part of the plan that STARBASE ROBINS wants to provide to our future scientist, mathematicians or engineers then this rewarding feeling is right here and right now. We need volunteers to come and speak to 5th grade classes from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (30 minutes) about their career, volunteers to serve 1 day a week for 2 hours in our afterschool clubs, and volunteers for our upcoming First Lego League Super Regional Competition. Click the link below to complete our Volunteer Interest Form or email Tangie Franks at to get started.

STARBASE Welcomes FVSU Teacher Candidates

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The partnership between STARBASE ROBINS and The Fort Valley State University (FVSU) College of Education has been in existence for 10 years. FVSU is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) nestled in a rural community. Our partnership helps to strengthen the development of minority educators by providing opportunities for teacher candidates to experience first-hand STEM classroom experience from STEM instructors. This experience ensures that students who live in under-resourced communities have access to a well-rounded education where they can thrive and grow personally and academically. Our STEM Education Practicum continues today under the direction of the current Dean Dr. Beth Day-Hairston. The goal for our continued partnership is to continue to prepare "proficient educators" focused on STEM pedagogy through interactive field experiences and internships.

STARBASE 2.0 Clubs Recruiting New Students

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STARBASE 2.0 is a school-based afterschool club open to 6th-8th grade students in participating schools in Bibb, Houston, Peach and Twiggs counties. These clubs focus on hands-on activities in STEM. We are still recruiting new students. If you have a student enrolled in one of our participating schools, your child is eligible to join our 2.0 club. To register contact the STARBASE 2.0 Teacher Sponsor at the participating school or email Andrew Dennis Jr., at To view a full list of schools, meeting dates and times, click on the buttons below.

STARBASE ROBINS 2.0 Afterschool Clubs

STARBASE 2.0 Clubs in Bibb County

Appling, Ballard-Hudson, Howard Middle, Rutland Middle, and Weaver

STARBASE 2.0 Clubs in Houston County

Feagin Mill, Huntington, Mossy Creek, and Thomson

STARBASE 2.0 Club in Twiggs County

Twiggs County Middle School

STARBASE 2.0 Club at Private School

Sacred Heart Catholic School