BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana National Guard officially opened a youth science program in Rosedale on Thursday.
A ribbon cutting was held at North Iberville Elementary for the Bayou State STARBASE, which is a Department of Defense funded program aimed at fifth grade students. The five-day interactive program focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields
"These children are the future scientist and engineers of our country," Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, LANG adjutant general, said. "We need a cornerstone in the community and STARBASE is a great program to do that with by educating 5th graders in STEM."
There are STARBASE locations at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, and at Camp Beauregard in Pineville. The program has served more than 13,000 students. The program covers physics, chemistry, robotics, and space exploration. Students learn how to work as a team, and communicate for a common goal. Students going through the program build rockets that are launched at the end of the camp, and use flight simulators in the program's computer lab.
STARBASE staff also works with visiting teachers, giving them new ideas for educating students once they return to their usual school enviroment.