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Support from UW Science Posse Program Coordinator

posted Apr 18, 2013, 1:06 PM by WyomingSTARBASE

 Thanks Jan!

"Senators Barrasso and Enzi,

I am writing you to ask you to join the group of Senators who are requesting the restoration of STARBASE funding to the FY13 level of $27M in the DoD Civil-Military line in the Defense-Wide O&M Appropriations account in the FY 14 Defense Appropriations Bill so STARBASE will continue to exist.

By eliminating the funding for STARBASE ends a STEM education program with that has a 20 year record of successfully working with more than 800,000 students.

The Wyoming STARBASE Academy has graduated over 16,000 students in its 18 years of existence. 65% are from Title I schools and 50% of those students are on free and reduced lunches. This demographic needs all the support and encouragement possible to believe in their ability to achieve great things in STEM fields. And STARBASE is making that happen. Director Barb Marquar states, "I have watched students discover an inner spark they never knew they had. I have seen them exhibit confidence to move forward with dreams and goals because they attended a program where they learned how to problem solve. When those fifth grade students walk across the stage to graduate, you know, they believe, they can do anything."

There is a synergy between STARBASE and the community: Wyoming STARBASE supports its community by providing our site and instructors to partnerships with 4H, FIRST LEGO League, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, afterschool robotics workshops, and military youth programs. STARBASE also participates in presenting workshops to volunteers and educators in the community. Cheyenne supports this program with mentors, and a 501c non-profit which receives grants and contributions from other non-profits and private business.

It is true that Congress cannot fund every program, but the comparatively small amount of money necessary to fund the STARBASE program touches the lives of so many students. By restoring that funding, you are, like Christa McAuliffe, touching the future and providing our students with the tools they need to succeed.

Jan Truchot, Program Coordinator"