Program Description

At STARBASE we imagine students as future scientists and engineers. Then we develop an experience so they will too.

The STARBASE experience puts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in students’ hands. Then lets them use it.  

Engaging activities are standard in every STARBASE program. Fun experiences rooted in science, technology, engineering and math launch student energy and focus on a path toward bright futures. 

DoD STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore STEM as they continue their education. The program encourages students to set goals and achieve them.

KCK students experimentStudents put concepts into action, with hands-on experiments.The STARBASE 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. 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 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.” 

The Kansas STARBASE program is located in five different cities throughout the state including: Wichita, Topeka, Salina, Kansas City and Manhattan. For the past several years, Kansas STARBASE has partnered with western Kansas community colleges, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University and the Kansas Cosmosphere to provide summer academies in Pittsburg, Great Bend, Liberal, Garden City, Hays, Colby, Hutchinson and Pratt.


Dr. Emily Arnold

Emily Arnold OPT1I attended STARBASE as a 4th grader. I don’t remember all the details, but I think there was a group of 4th-6th graders who were a part of the gifted program from my county that travelled to Wichita once a week (or maybe every other) so that we could attend the STARBASE program at McConnell.

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What They're Saying

“Review game = great! Awesome program that engages students!” —S. Thompson, Teacher, Farley Elementary (Topeka)