Program

STARBASE is more than a fieldtrip. It's an interactive experience.

Students experiment

We inspire creativity and hands-on learning with features you won't find in any other classroom. This learning takes place in a location students really want to come to where they will experience climbing on a Black Hawk Helicopter, touring a KC-135 Refueling Aircraft, Engine Shops and HET Vehicles.Kansas STARBASE students test concepts

Powerful activities like:

  • rocket launches,
  • EV3 Robotics,
  • and 3D CAD design

let students engage with content in interactive ways, find new interests, and access the world of STEM like never before.

Using active learning instructional strategies, students become directly involved in the educational process which maximizes their understanding and learning. Hands-on experiments have students: 

  • launching Alka-seltzer rockets,
  • navigating with GPS devices,
  • analyzing chemicals,
  • soaring through the atmosphere with flight simulator,
  • and solving engineering feats using the EDP process.

STARBASE Profiles

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)