A letter from Major General Robbie L. Asher

 

Our Oklahoma National Guard relies on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for careers both on the ground and in the air. Success is achieved through the technical expertise and proficiency of our Soldiers and Airmen. This path begins by engaging and inspiring our youth in STEM education.

As The Adjutant General for Oklahoma, I have had the tremendous opportunity to experience first-hand a Department of Defense (DoD) educational program for 5th-8th graders in our state called DoD STARBASE Oklahoma. Since 1993, Oklahoma's STARBASE program has provided unique opportunities to explore through STEM, an exciting, challenging and critical-thinking set of activities.

STARBASE strengthens our students' knowledge, builds their confidence, and stimulates excitement by focusing on STEM using a hands-on approach.

Iam pleased to share this important partnership between DoD STARBASE Oklahoma, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the school and business communities. We currently have seven STARBASE classrooms throughout the state providing hands.:.on, minds-on classes for fifth grade students. In addition, nine STARBASE 2.0, after-school programs are provided at designated schools for 6th-8th grade students. Three of those programs are under the Native American Initiative directly supporting our Native American communities. Creativity, curiosity and imagination in a highly technical environment are encouraged in all programs.Career days hosted on military facilities bring a unique perspective for the students on the value of STEM skills in a military environment.

The Oklahoma National Guard and I are extremely proud of the quality of instruction, the devotion and dedication of the instructional staff, and the constant connection of classroom activities to STEM-related careers. Each of us should remain involved in developing critical thinkers who will succeed in our ever-changing world. Ifully support the continuation of the DoD STARBASE Oklahoma program and the exceptional educational opportunities it brings to the students of our great state!

 

 

Posted September 2017