STARBASE Youth Program

STARBASE Youth Program is a nonresidential educational program for students (grades K-12) that provides them with real-world applications of math and science. It was created in 1991 through a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The first STARBASE program began at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan. The STARBASE program provides an innovative approach to addressing three critical problems facing America’s youth: poor preparation in math and science, lack of personal direction, and drug abuse. The STARBASE mission is accomplished through exciting hands-on curricula and positive caring role models provided by the STARBASE team and military personnel. Beginning in Fiscal Year 1993 (FY93), Congress appropriated $2M to the Air National Guard (ANG) to establish five STARBASE sites. Today the program is authorized pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 2193, as a science and mathematics education improvement program. The Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Navy, and Marine Corps participate in this program.

Program Description
STARBASE is a nonresidential program for students (grades K-12) that provides them with real-world applications of math and science through experiential learning, simulations, and experiments in aviation and space-related fields. The program utilizes instruction modules that can integrate state math and science objectives. A motivational module is included to teach children how to set and achieve goals, take positive action in their lives, and build strong self-esteem.

Students and teachers attend the STARBASE school year program for five complete days. During the school year, these days are spread over five weeks and teachers use STARBASE-generated material to reinforce learning during regular school days. In addition to written materials, facilities, simulators, and trainers are made available to the students.

The STARBASE acronym stands for "Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration".

    Fleet Training Center San Diego, CA;
    Naval District Washington, DC;
    Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL;
    Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI;
    Naval Training Center Great Lakes, IL;
    Patuxent Naval Air Station, Leonardtown, MD;
    Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, MS;
    Naval Air Station Meridian, MS;
    Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center, North Versailles, PA;
    Naval Station Newport, RI;
    Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, VA;
    Trident Training Facility, Bangor, WA.

Marine Corps
    Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC.

Air Force
    Maxwell AFB, AL
    Minot AFB, ND
    Kirtland AFB, NM

Air National Guard
    Anchorage, AK,
    Sacramento, CA;
    Hartford, CT
    Waterbury, CT;
    Jacksonville, FL;
    Atlanta, GA;
    Topeka, KS
    Wichita, KS;
    New Orleans, LA;
    Bangor, ME;
    Battle Creek, MI;
    Selfridge ANG Base, MI;
    Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN;
    Ft. Harrison, MT
    Lincoln, NE;
    Charlotte, NC;
    Kure Beach, NC
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Tulsa, OK;
    Portland, OR
    Klamath Falls, OR;
    Carolina, PR;
    Columbia, SC;
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Rapid City, SD;
    Houston, TX;
    Colchester, VT
    Burlington, VT;
    Charleston, WV
    Martinsburg, WV;
    Cheyenne, WY.

Air Force Reserve sites
    Barksdale AFB, LA;
    Lackland AFB, TX;
    Robins AFB, GA;
    Wright-Patterson AFB, OH