WATCH: DoD STARBASE Program Includes 25 Hours of Challenging Curriculum and Activities in STEM

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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Starbase Academy Media Day is being held at Sherwood Elementary as Director of STARBASE Charles Parker talks about the national education program and discovering STEM with Space Coast Daily’s Juan Rodriguez.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – It is Starbase Academy Media Day today at Sherwood Elementary in Satellite Beach as Director of STARBASE Charles Parker talked about the national education program and discovering STEM with Space Coast Daily’s Juan Rodriguez.

The DoD STARBASE is a national educational program targeted primarily to at-risk fifth graders to motivate them to explore STEM as they continue their education.

Students will participate in 25 hours of challenging, “hands-on, minds-on” curriculum and activities in STEM, aviation and space exploration that meet or exceed national standards.

The goal is to motivate them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they continue their education.

The academies serve students that are historically underrepresented in STEM.  The program engages students through the inquiry-based curriculum with its “hands-on, mind-on” experiential activities.

They study Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s principle; explore nanotechnology, navigation and mapping. They are captivated by engineering as they use the computer to design space stations, all-terrain vehicles, and submersibles.

DoD STARBASE students participate in 25 hours of challenging, “hands-on, minds-on” curriculum and activities in STEM, aviation and space exploration that meet or exceed national standards. (SCD image)

Math is embedded throughout the curriculum and students use metric measurement, estimation, calculation geometry and data analysis to solve questions. Teamwork is stressed as they work together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts.

The military volunteers apply abstract principles to real-world situations by leading tours and giving lectures on the use of STEM in different settings and careers. Since the academies are located in different branches of the military this experience is highly varied.

Students may discuss how chemical fires are extinguished, learn how injured are transported, explore the cockpit of an F-18 or the interior of a submarine.

The academies work with school districts to support their standards of learning objectives.

A teacher whose class attended DoD STARBASE stated, “STARBASE teaches science and math in ways that we wish we had the time, resources and expertise to do in the regular classroom. It’s experiential, exploratory learning with a direct tie to the standards.”

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