STARBASE Edwards Brings STEM to Grade Schoolers


Edwards Air Force Base launched its first STARBASE class at Branch Elementary on March 5.

Edwards is one of nine active-duty bases with an official STARBASE program. The STEM-based program familiarizes elementary students, primarily fifth and sixth graders, from all backgrounds to the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program serves students from the Kern County School District and partners with the district to support its standards of learning objectives. Students learn about physics, aerodynamics, nanotechnology, robotics, navigation and mapping during their coursework.

The first STARBASE class at Edwards welcomed fifth graders from Branch Elementary for a program where they will attend one class a week for a month. On the first day the students learned about the metric system and Newton’s Laws, among other subjects.

“Our first day of class was great,” said Janet Creech, STARBASE Instructional Systems specialist. “The students were as excited to learn as we were to teach them. We had a blast launching small straw rockets and introducing the class to computer-aided design.”

Annually, STARBASE will engage nearly 1,000 Kern County fifth graders with its STEM-based experiential approach curriculum.

“STARBASE Edwards is unique because we give students the opportunity to try something new without fear of failure,” Creech said. “We teach them is it OK if everything doesn’t go according to plan. The most important lesson they can take away is to learn from mistakes and try something new next time.”

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Posted March 2019