The Director's Corner
Three members of the STARBASE ROBINS staff traveled to Broward County, Florida to faciliate a four day STEM Summer Academy with the Broward County JROTC STEM Leadership Summit. Over 80 high school JROTC cadet leaders experienced rocket building and the dynamics of rocketry. The staff immensely enjoyed the time with the cadets in our efforts to initiate our STARBASE 3.0 Program.
We collaborated with our long-term partner The Fort Valley State University on their new project that focuses on high school students interested in the teaching profession. Fort Valley State University initiated the Academy of Future Teachers (AFT) to foster student's interest in teaching.
We ended the summer with our two week STARBASE ROBINS STEM Adventures Summer Academy. The academy was divided into STEMpowered GIrls and Super STEM Boys. The academy's participants will continue their learning beyond the two weeks with two planned Saturday Sparks.
The success of our summer academies would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff. We spend alot of time developing the content, curriculum, and planning the activities to ensure all students have a great STEM experience. We hope you will take the time to read about our summer academies in this newsletter.
Wesley Fondal Jr.,
Partnerships in STEM Education Matter
Written by: Tangie Franks, Project Manager
The impact of STEM education leads to more innovation, a skilled and highly trained workforce and the creation of new jobs. In this edition of our newsletter, you will read all about our partnerships. You will learn that it takes everybody coming to the table to help kids build confidence, critical thinking, problem solving and develop soft skills that will be essential in the 21st century.
STARBASE STAFF Spotlights
STARBASE STEM Adventure Summer Academies
Written by: Demetria Smith, Lead Instructor
To top it all off, the students who attended our summer academy will also be able to attend our two Saturday Sparks happening in October and March for futher immersive learning and we can't wait! To read the full article click the link below.
Mercer University Research Study
STARBASE Robins Saturday Spark
Students Real World STEM Project
Written by: Kylie Youmans, Instructor
13 WMAZ Meteorologist Visits STARBASE ROBINS
Written by: Zeineb Yousif, Instructor
Reporting live from STARBASE ROBINS…It’s Taylor Stephenson! Students that attended our STEMpowered Girls and Super STEM Boys summer academies had the opportunity to meet
13 WMAZ’s meteorologist, Taylor Stephenson. Ms. Stephenson love and interest in STEM inspired her to become a meteorologist. She was also motivated by her peers who doubted that a girl could become a meteorologist. Through hard work and dedication, Taylor proved that you can accomplish anything. Students asked Taylor a lot of questions and seemed inspired to pursue a future career in meteorology.
STARBASE 3.0 with Broward County JROTC
Written by: Andrew Dennis, 2.0 Coordinator
FVSU AFT Students Visits STARBASE ROBINS
Written by: Wesley Fondal Jr., Director
Fort Valley State University AFT spotlights the professional and academic skills educators need with practical skills every student and future STEM educator can use in the classroom. The AFT participants get hands-on practical teaching experience. Fort Valley State University AFT program began last summer with students meeting virtually and STARBASE ROBINS serving on their advisory panel. This summer, the students met in-person with the STARBASE ROBINS instructional team to receive counsel on their lesson planning and delivery.
This partnership is a great way to allow future teachers to use STEM to meet real-world challenges by utilizing essential pedagogy and differentiated teaching. WIth this partnership, STARBASE ROBINS and Fort Valley State University College of Education are effectuating a STEM teacher pipeline.
Full STEM Ahead at the Public Library
Written by: Sydnie Daniely, Instructor
We kicked off the start of summer with a Full STEM Ahead summer academy at Hancock County Public Library, partnering with Hancock County’s 4H program. Students participated in a 4-day summer academy; three days at the library and a field trip to the Museum of Aviation on the final day. On the first day, students completed a Pre-Survey to identify their attitudes/behaviors toward STEM. Students were fully engaged and exposed to STEM activities in rocketry, robotics, Newton's Laws of Motion, fluid mechanics, and coding to name a few. On day three at the library, students made their own homemade ice cream in a bag which was a big messy hit!
To conclude our Full STEM Ahead summer academy, students were bused from Hancock County to the Museum of Aviation where they had the opportunity to launch their rockets. At the end of the rocket launch, students took their Post-Survey and received their Certificates of Completion. Students were also able to tour the Museum of Aviation.