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Wyoming STARBASE Academy in the News

posted Sep 20, 2012, 9:31 AM by WyomingSTARBASE

CHEYENNE, Wyo.-The Wyoming STARBASE program kicked off their 18th year on

Monday, with 19 fifth and sixth graders from Carpenter Elementary.

STARBASE, is a Department of Defense educational program, sponsored by the

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and the

Wyoming National Guard.

Carpenter students and team members Luke "Noodle" Dillarreal and Brandon

"Pickle" Keck were excited about their first day at STARBASE. 

Dillarreal said that the students participated in an experiment with

Alka-Seltzer and water measuring the amount of fuel produced from the

combination. "Also, we modeled a rover on the computer," Keck added.

According to Barb Marquer, director of the Wyoming STARBASE Academy,

students participate in challenging activities in science, technology,

engineering and math or STEM.

Students are placed in a unique classroom experience for five days where all

activities are student-centered, hands-on, encourage higher order thinking

and incorporate STEM applications in the real world, she said.

"This is an exciting year for us," said Marquer.  "Over the summer, we moved

from our site on the Air National Guard Base to the Raper Armory, which

allows for better access and more space to conduct experiments and teach the


Marquer said the program's curriculum was designed by educators and

scientist for student groups that are underrepresented in STEM careers.  In

Laramie County, the program focuses on Title I, Title I eligible schools,

and rural schools, as well as students that are homeschooled.