About STARBASE Minnesota
STARBASE Minnesota is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and educate urban youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A program funded in large part by the Department of Defense and sponsored by the Minnesota National Guard, STARBASE Minnesota serves over 3,300 students each year, grades 4-6, from over 30 inner city schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
STARBASE Minnesota, established in St. Paul, MN in 1993, has an outstanding reputation for providing high quality programs that have benefited over 41,000 inner city youth. Thoughtfully designed hands-on curriculum in a technology-rich aerospace environment inspires students, builds their skills and develops aptitude and confidence they never knew possible
What makes STARBASE so effective? Location, location, location…..at the 133rd Airlift Wing of the MN Air National Guard Base, however that is only part of the story. Several other key elements, together, make STARBASE one of the most effective and memorable educational experiences in the state.
- Rich, innovative, hands-on curriculum delivered in 5-day, 20-hour programs that is aligned with the most current national and state standards, helping schools meet essential benchmarks.
- Dynamic and skilled certified instructors who specialize in science, math, technology and employ effective learning strategies that help maximize student success.
- Small class sizes (16:1 student/teacher ratio), are conducive to more individualized attention, helping to boost confidence and provide more opportunities for each child to shine.
- Pre-lessons help prepare students for STARBASE; Post-lessons help extend and support learning back in the classroom and at home.
- Student assessments and survey information provide critical, ongoing data used to focus instruction and enhance the curriculum. Detailed reports of student progress are provided to teachers and administrators.
- Business and community involvement of the following organizations provide "real world" connections for students and expand the capacity of STARBASE to meet its mission: 3M, Augsburg College, ATK, BAE Systems, Boston Scientific, Computer Sciences Corporation, Cummins Power, Delta Air Lines, Ecolab, General Mills, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Merrill Corp., Microsoft, Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), Minnesota National Guard, St. Jude Medical, Seagate, Stratasys, Toro, Travelers, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, Waltek, Weber Shandwick and Xcel Energy.