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STARBASE is a national Department of Defense youth program, designed to increase the interest in, and abilities at selected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) topics in an at-risk population. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 2000, there are currently more than 82 locations in 42 states and territories, with a combined attendance of over 100,000 students each year.


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The flagship STARBASE program is an on-base, 5-day program consisting of 25 contiguous hours of classroom instruction, group activities, and hands-on application of STEM topics that center around aerospace engineering.

This program is primarily oriented towards at-risk 5th or 6th grade students in public Title I schools.


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This program is a 6th-8th grade aerospace engineering program, centered around the theory and operation of aerial robotics. It is conducted at participating public middle schools, as either a 9-week semester course or as a before or after school club.

As with the 5th/6th grade on-base program, it is intended primarily for at-risk students, and adult mentors participating as volunteer instructors are an important component.

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