Why STARBASE Oklahoma 2.0?
Thirty-seven percent of Oklahoma fourth graders and 37 percent of eighth graders do not meet the basic Science standards according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The scores in Mathematics reflected similar trends with 17 percent below basic requirements in fourth grade and 28 percent below by eighth grade. The US Department of Labor Statistics projects more than 500,000 jobs created by 2018 will be in bioengineering and computer technology requiring at least a bachelor’s degree.
To combine STEM activities with a relationship rich, school-based environment to provide a missing link for at-risk youth
making the transition from elementary to middle school. It extends the positive impact of STARBASE through a team mentoring approach which solidifies students’ attachment to and engagement with school.
Program Elements of STARBASE 2.0
• Team Mentoring
• School-based mentoring, and
• After school programming
These three elements bring participants together in a safe, club environment to learn. The team mentoring means a low mentor to student ration: one mentor for every three or four participants. School-based means the club meetings are held at the school where the participants attend classes daily. After-school programming means just that: the program is held immediately following the close of classes at the school.
Interested in STARBASE 2.0?
The club meetings are split into three areas: team exploration, goal setting, and STEM navigation.
During the team exploration phase, participants and mentors discuss life planning principles, mentors share keys to their successful navigation of the STEM education and career fields and they work together to breakdown potential barriers and overcome obstacles for future student success.
During the STEM navigation portion of the program, clubs explore STEM education and career fields trough guest speakers, video presentations and visits to industries with STEM-related career fields and STEM-related organizations. Participants also work on their own STEM project through robotics, rocketry, dragster design, construction, CAD, and other STEM studies.
STARBASE Oklahoma 2.0 plans potentially include expanding the program to all areas of the state of Oklahoma where there are STARBASE classrooms.
To become involved contact:
9131 E. Viper Street
Tulsa, OK, 74115
or call us at 918-833-7757,
fax at 918-833-7769.