STARBASE 2.0 Launched in MPS During the 2016-2017 School Year

 

Author: Megan Skipper

STARBASE Maxwell brought life-changing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) instruction to local students—this time in an afterschool environment. On January 9, 2017, STARBASE teachers launched STARBASE 2.0 at Johnnie Carr Middle School. This new, innovative after-school mentoring program combined mentorship, teambuilding, and STEM to provide sixth grade students new insight and opportunities in the STEM field.

The program was presented on a rotating basis with four-week increments. The first week in each cycle, students collaborated on teambuilding activities to create positive connections. The second week followed with a mentoring component that allowed students to see just where science can take them in their futures. The last two weeks of the rotation were all about hands-on STEM lessons, allowing students to get more exposure to concepts they may not have had before.

Students were so excited for this new opportunity. STARBASE teachers were met with enthusiasm and testimonials from students who enjoyed the program all year. Austin, a sixth-grader at Johnnie Carr Middle, proclaimed that his first day of the program was the best day of his life.

As the inaugural program continued throughout the school year, STARBASE was able to partner with community members like the Montgomery Police Department and the Montgomery Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to provide students with mentoring and career exposure.

STARBASE Director, Princess Cuthrell, said this program was mostly about teaching teamwork in relation to STEM, possibly changing perceptions students have about science. “Just like you learn on a baseball or basketball team, teamwork is important. It works the same way with STEM innovations as well,” Cuthrell said.

This program was officially launched this semester at Johnnie Carr Middle School and continued after school for the remainder of the year until May 19th. The program is expected to continue into the 2017-2018 school year.

STARBASE continues to meet students where they are to ensure that they can reach all of their goals. We know that with high-quality STEM instruction, Our Kids Can. For more information visit the Montgomery Education Foundation website (montgomeryed.org) or STARBASE Maxwell’s Facebook page. If you have any questions about the program, contact Princess Cuthrell at princess@montgomeryed.org.

 

Posted June 2017