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Questions

How long has STARBASE Oklahoma been in existence?

The youth educational enrichment program was originated by the National Guard Bureau in 1993 and has served over 80,000 Oklahoma students.

What is the goal of STARBASE Oklahoma?

To raise the interest and improve the knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which will provide for a highly educated and skilled American workforce who can meet the advanced technological requirements of the Department of Defense.

How many students does STARBASE Oklahoma serve annually?

STARBASE Oklahoma hosts an average of 4500 students in 200 classes throughout 100 school districts across the state.

How often and where do children attend STARBASE Oklahoma?

Children in the 5th grade program attend with their school class, one day a week for six weeks. There are currently seven STARBASE classrooms at four sites across Oklahoma. STARBASE 2.0 (for children in 6th-8th grade) provides an afterschool club for four hours per month focusing on STEM projects, goal setting and teambuilding. There are currently nine STARBASE 2.0 programs in schools.

Why is STEM so important to our nation's future?

During this decade, employment in science and engineering occupations is expected to increase at almost four times the rate for all occupations.

DoD STARBASE offers a positive, proven approach to engendering excitement and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This knowledge is important to our nation's future because:

• In 2015, just 40% of U.S. 4th graders were rated at or above proficient in a national mathematics assessment (NAEP and more than 1 in 10 scored below the basic level).

• Only 42% of U.S. high school graduates in 2015 met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in mathematics and 36% in science.

• The rapid pace of technological change and globalization of the economy simply demands that our workforce be literate in science and math.

• STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% from 2006 to 2018, compared to 9.8% growth for non-STEM occupations.

• An over-reliance on the math and science talent of foreign students represents a major potential weakness in the future competitiveness and vitality of the U.S. economy and workforce.

• Students who attend DoD STARBASE Academies increase their knowledge and skills in STEM.
DoD STARBASE offers a positive, proven approach to engendering excitement and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).