Event Dome Concept

Life sized Space Shuttle Replica measures 122 feet (37 meters) long,
56 feet (17 meters or five stories) high with a wingspan of 78 feet (24 meters).

Exact detail inside and out right down to the controls


DOD STARBASE is a pioneering program in using computer assisted design to meet national standards in math, science and technology.


United States Code Sec. Title 10 , 2193b DoD Instruction 1025.7  Program Support Contractor

National Education Findings:

Curriculum Alignment with National Science Standards
(Xcel format)

Curriculum Alignment with National Math Standards

Curriculum Alignment with National Math Standards
 (Xcel format)

Curriculum Alignment with National Technology Standards

 Curriculum Alignment with National Technology Standards
(Xcel format)

Annual Reports:

2006 Annual Report

2005 Annual Report

2004 Annual Report

2003 Annual Report

2002 Annual Report

2001 Annual Report

Internal Review Report



STARBASE serves students and teachers by providing exciting hands-on learning experiences combining personal development, teambuilding and hands-on enrichment in science, math, and technology. Our Vision is to teach students strategies needed to achieve their dreams and become responsible members of society.


STARBASE, a program for youth ages 6 through 18, is aimed at improving math and science skills. The program starts at the elementary school level in order to attract and prepare students at an early age for careers in engineering and other science-related fields of study.

The program principally exposes at-risk children and their teachers to real world applications of math and science through experiential learning, simulations, and experiments in aviation and space-related fields. The program also addresses drug use prevention, health, self esteem and life skills within a math- and science-based program.

Participating States: STARBASE states are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

School Selection: Schools with a high proportion of economically and educationally disadvantaged students apply and are selected by state and local selection committees.

Personnel and Support Services: Programs are staffed by federally reimbursed state employees or contract personnel.


Through hands-on learning, students improve their math, science, and technology-related skills. Support system and extended-care networks are also provided for students as the program tracks their improvement in the curriculum areas. Parents are encouraged to become positively involved in their childrenīs learning process.
  • Establish productive partnerships with schools and educators to students achieve educational standards.
  • Build personal development skills in youth through improved teamwork, goal setting, self-esteem, decision-making and problem solving.
  • Strengthen the ability of youth to make healthy choices and resist negative influences.
  • Increase student interest in and knowledge in science, math, and technology.
  • Encourage female involvement in science, math, and technology.
  • Provide effective training courses that give teachers the knowledge and resources they need to implement successful curriculum enhancements at school.


An independent evaluation of STARBASE conducted by Social consultants International Inc. concluded that:
  • "Students are exposed to highly sophisticated technology which become meaningful in the exciting, hands-on, real-life base setting. Through their exposure, they learned firsthand the application of physics, computers and mathematics to the world around them."
  • Instructors "helped the students build strong self-esteem, confidence, and provided the inspiration for them to believe that they too could identify and achieve personal goals through positive action."
  • Attitudes about science and math changed as a result of participation, with many more students reporting they liked science and math."
  • "Children who attended showed excellent retention and program teaching points."


STARBASE Mission and Goals


To add value to America through a youth program that raises the interest and improves the knowledge and skills of at-risk youth in math, science, and technology by exposing them to the technological environment and the positive role models found on military bases and installations.


Provide students and teachers with an exceptional program for hands-on science, math, technology, substance abuse prevention, and goal setting skills.

Develop strong self-esteem and positive attitudes for students and teachers.

Provide career motivation, orientation, and exploration.

Train teachers and parents with exciting hands-on activities that will spark their students' interest in learning science, mathematics, and technology.

Create partnerships with the military, industry, and educational communities.

Provide assistance to parents and encourage them to become involved with their community's educational programs.


STARBASE Curriculum

Each day at STARBASE starts at 9:00 AM and finishes at 2:00 PM. During the school year, students attend one day each week for five weeks. The summer program runs five consecutive days. The core subject areas STARBASE students investigate include: 

  Newton's Laws of Motion 
  Four Forces of Flight
  Bernoulli's Principle
  Model Rocketry
  Aircraft Control Surfaces and Components
  Properties of Air
  Development, Innovation, and Use of Technology
  Properties and States of Matter
  Flight Simulation
  Space Exploration
  Goal Setting
  Avoiding Substance Abuse


The State Adjutant General may establish a science, mathematics and technology education improvement program for school children known as the STARBASE Program. The Adjutant General may accept financial assistance and in-kind assistance, advances, grants, gifts, contributions and other forms of financial assistance from the Federal Government or other public body or from other sources, public or private, to implement the STARBASE Program. The Adjutant General may employ a director and other employees, permanent or temporary, to operate the STARBASE Program