Impact Stories

STARBASE INSPIRES STUDENTS

“In order to influence the youth of today, you have to capture their imagination and passion. This is exactly what STARBASE has been doing throughout the years. Kids learn exciting and rigorous science, technology, engineering and math skills that inspire them to become the scientists of tomorrow.”  — Major General Richard Nash, TAG

State Senator Elaine Bowers

Senator Elaine Bowers on Kansas STARBASEIt has been a great privilege of mine to be involved with DoD STARBASE for the past six years. Being a member of the Kansas STARBASE Foundation Board has given me the opportunity to help spread the word on how important it is to have these STEM programs available to our local youth. The U.S. Department of Defense and Kansas National Guard has formed a great relationship with STARBASE, and with their help, they are able to raise students' interest in skills related to science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Colton Horne

I am currently a senior at Baldwin High School and am a team member of the Real World Design Team as well. I attended STARBASE when I was in 5th Grade at Marion Springs Elementary School.

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Tanner Kellogg

My name is Tanner Kellogg and I believe that attending DoD STARBASE when I was younger helped shape my life as well as the course of my education and career. I attended STARBASE Kansas at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas. It was a one-week day camp during the summer of 2001, and I was nine years old. I had just finished 3rd grade at Woodland Health and Wellness Magnet Elementary School.

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Major General Lee Tafanelli

The relationship between the Kansas National Guard and DoD STARBASE is a remarkable one. We are proud to help DoD STARBASE provide hours of hands-on learning for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to apply science, technology, engineering and math concepts, or STEM to daily life. More than 200 school districts from 53 counties have participated in the Kansas DoD STARBASE program since 1993. With this amazing youth program, we have reached more than 60,000 students in Kansas.

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Jill Roberg

Jordon and Conner Peck recently attended Kansas STARBASE in Salina with other students from Minneapolis Grade School. 

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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

“Great STEM connections, science next gen standards and connections to Math & literacy standards. Great classroom management! Instructors were well prepared.” —J. Miller, Parent Volunteer, Allen Elementary