The US Department of Defense’s STARBASE program exposes the nation’s at-risk youth to the technological environments and positive civilian and military role models found on Active, Guard, and Reserve military bases and installations. STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate these students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as they continue their education. The academies serve students who are historically underrepresented in STEM—students who live in inner cities or rural locations, especially those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, low in academic performance, or have a disability. The program engages students through its inquiry-based curriculum with “hands-on, mind-on” experiential activities. Teamwork is stressed as students 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. The academies work with school districts to support their standards of learning objectives.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in September.
TinkRworks’ standards-aligned supplemental STEAM program reinforces core learnings through a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes projects and individual student kits. The STEAM-X curriculum is tailored for classrooms and remote or hybrid settings.