Celebrating STARBASE at the 148th Fighter Wing

A successful first full year of STARBASE learning is wrapping up at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth. The STEM-based program is a partnership between the Department of Defense and the Minnesota National Guard.

Through the school year, more than 600 5th graders from around the region engaged in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. They spend 5 days at the base. During those days, they were able to learn how to program a robot, and build a device to safely land an egg on a journey to Mars!

"We're training them to be real scientists and engineers. While they're here, they are working in teams, analyzing results, and all of those things that you do in a real STEM career," explained Charity Rupp, director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth.

On Thursday, business and community leaders celebrated the success of the first year with a ribbon cutting. "We are trying to build the workforce of tomorrow," shared Sen. Erik Simonson, of Duluth.

Col. Christopher Blomquist, Wing Commander, said, "I don't know how we can do much better than have our most precious resource, our children, at the 148th Fighter Wing. And we are teaching them about STEM, and allowing them to learn what we do up here, along with the curriculum STARBASE has."

The plan is to expand to even more students in the coming year. Plus, there are going to be around 200 children from community programs coming through during the summer months.

Posted June 2018

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