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    Hands-on activities, such as robotics programming, 3D CAD, and engineering design, as well as educational tours of military facilities fill the STARBASE program with hours of fun, inspiring learning opportunities.



    NGSS 5 PS2-1

    Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.
    Students explore the downward pull of gravitational force in various STARBASE activities. Students begin their argument at STARBASE by learning the basic relationship of mass, weight and gravity. By connecting Newton’s Three Laws of Motion to model rockets, students learn to defy the downward pull of gravity. With fluid dynamics, students see how gravity affects liquids, gases, and plasmas to create new forces like pressure, lift, and buoyancy. STARBASE Vermont enables students to build an argument to not only show that gravity is a downward force, but advances their understanding of how dynamic gravity is as a fundamental force in our universe.


    NGSS 5 PS1-1

    Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
    While at STARBASE Vermont, students develop multiple models to explore particles of matter. Using Molymod® organic chemistry kits, students build models of the basic molecules of life on Earth, and explore how kinetic energy affects a substance’s phase of matter. In fluid mechanics lessons, students discover how particles interact with one another under different conditions. Through exploration of Nanotechnology, students interact with real world examples showing the importance of molecular structure. In only five days, students not only develop a basic understanding of particles too small to be seen, they develop models to describe how particles affect matter.


    NGSS 5 ETS 2(B)

    When new technologies become available, they can bring about changes in the way people live and interact with one another.
    While at STARBASE, students will implicitly experience this standard throughout their time in our classrooms, and explicitly address it in specific technology lessons. The STARBASE curriculum not only introduces students to cool new technology, it shows students how new technology is changing the world around them.


    NGSS 5 PS3-1

    Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.
    Students use models to describe not only the energy cycle of ecosystems, but explore the Law of Conservation of Energy in many dynamic systems. Going well beyond the chemical energy of food, our hands-on activities allow students to discover energy’s role in our universe, from the smallest cells in our bodies, to the newest technologies in our communities.


    NGSS 3-5 1,2,3

    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

    The STARBASE Curriculum covers all engineering standards of the Next Generation Science Standards for fifth grade. STARBASE lessons are designed to be “Mission Based” to inspire deep thinking while problem solving with a team. Students will use the scientific method and engineering design process so solve problems with specified criteria for success every day at STARBASE. Flexibility in our schedule allows students to fully test their designs, and themselves, to be successful.



    Common Core
    While at STARBASE students will demonstrate proficiency in 40% of the Common Core mathematics standards for fifth grade. Most activities at STARBASE include mathematical practices. These lessons serve as either a great introduction, or a great connection to your classroom instruction. Your students will be challenged on their understanding of base ten, fractions, measurements and data, and geometry, while given the supports to be successful.


    Students who visit STARBASE are introduced to many specific jobs and career fields that use the skills they are asked to practice at STARBASE. Additionally STARBASE invites guest speakers to the program who can talk about how they use Science, Technology, Engineering, and/ or Math in their job. Speakers also discuss personal interests and goals in order to be employed in their chosen field. This helps students feel empowered to “Launch their Dreams” by giving them the vocabulary for their interests and a role model to admire.
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    • “The children LOVE Starbase. Next year’s students are already asking me about it. The older children (previous participants) talk with me constantly about our
      Starbase experience.”

      4th Grade Teacher
      Mt. Holly, Vermont
    • “Our students were very engaged and enthusiastic.”

      J.J. Flynn
    • “The students love it—it’s the best educational experience they’ve ever had!”

      5th-6th Grade Teacher
      Proctor, VT
    • “As usual my students rave about STARBASE. They love the instructors and activities.”

      5th Grade Teacher
      Salisbury, Vermont
    • “Students spent time [after STARBASE] analyzing how they would improve upon what they had done that day and how they would make changes if they had another chance.”

      Robin McCormick
      Grandmother of a 5th grader
      St. Francis Xavier School
    • “The students were consistently excited and engaged in STARBASE.”

      5th Grade Teacher
      Burlington, VT
    • “The lessons and activities [at STARBASE] reinforced many standards in Math and Science we had already been learning, and there was lots of new learning too. The technology and hands on experimentation/ engineering increased our students opportunities for active STEM work.”

      Tracy Garland
      Orchard School, So. Burlington, VT
    • “I think STARBASE is perfect; well thought out and expertly delivered!”

      Lolly Bliss
      Orchard School, So. Burlington, VT
    • “Every minute of the STARBASE experience is rich with both academic and social skills. At the same time that the students are exploring an F16 jet and learning about aerodynamics they are also being taught the social skills necessary to be part of a group and to be a guest outside of school. It’s a well-rounded experience that not only creates better, more excited scientists, but also more successful community members.”

      Denette Locke
      STEM Teacher Leader
      Fletcher, VT

    STARBASE Vermont recently started an afterschool program for middle school students! The STARBASE 2.0 Program takes place at various schools in the Burlington and Rutland area and is expanding each year. Consisting of 6-8 weeks of hands-on projects, 2.0 specifically serves students with a passion in STEM. Projects include robotics, model rocketry, computer aided design and 3D printing. The 2.0 program depends on the support of local professionals who bring their expertise to the classroom. Our mentors provide quality instruction and promote positive choices with the students. Please contact us for more information or if you are interested in volunteering or starting a 2.0 program at your school.


    STARBASE accepts applications for 5th grade classes. Schools that best match our mission requirements and who have teachers that extend the program at school are given the highest consideration. Applications for a class must be turned in to STARBASE via fax or email by May 1st in order to be considered for the following school year. Applications will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis. Selected classes are notified of their acceptance at the end of May which includes a list of dates their class will be attending STARBASE the following school year. Teachers must submit an application for each class they would like to have attend.

    Please click Download Application for your closest STARBASE VT site to start the application process. Contact us with any further questions you may have.

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