Hands-on youth education program back at Jackson Barracks

Aug 17th, 2012 | By | Category: School News

STARBASE, a department of defense-funded education program for fifth-grade students, is now back at Jackson Barracks for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

The hands-on education program will serve schools in both Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes, and prides itself on getting students to look at STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in a whole new way.

For five weeks, fifth grade students are immersed in the world of physics, nanotechnology, robotics, rocketry, mapping and navigation and more in a high-tech hands-on learning environment.

Students can take the helm and see what it takes to fly a plane on a mission through Washington D.C. or see firsthand the intricacies of engineering and design with the 3-D printer.

Jackson Barracks STARBASE Director Lisa Calabresi says the first round of students come in August 20, and all St. Bernard Parish public elementary schools, as well as the fifth grade class of OLPH will be participating in the program in the coming months.

At the August 8 ribbon cutting ceremony for the STARBASE program, Lieutenant General of the Louisiana National Guard Glenn Curtis, said the program coming back to Jackson Barracks was “a continuation of our key mission to be apart of the community”.

The program started at Jackson Barracks in 1990 and was moved to Barksville after the storm.

“Our vision is to raise interest in science, techonology, engineering and math,” Curtis explained.

There are 76 STARBASE programs in 48 states which have graduated more than 820,000 students nationwide.

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