“In order to influence the youth of today, you have to capture their imagination and passion. This is exactly what STARBASE has been doing throughout the years. Kids learn exciting and rigorous science, technology, engineering and math skills that inspire them to become the scientists of tomorrow.”
– Major General Richard Nash, TAG
Continuing the Passion
After their week at STARBASE, our students go back to school. The Mentoring 2.0 program was created to stay connected with students and support their interests in science, technology, engineering and math. STARBASE 2.0 Mentoring pairs military volunteers with former and future STARBASE students in the after-school Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) and Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE) programs held at Minneapolis Public Schools. Students meet with coaches and mentors to explore the possibilities in cutting-edge science through hands-on team projects. Each semester has a different theme, including LEGO Robotics, Science of Speed and Energy, and most recently, Rocketry.
Volunteer mentors work with a small group of elementary or middle school boys or girls on their STEM projects. No STEM background or mentoring experience is necessary–the school’s teachers and STARBASE staff will be there to guide you. The adult to student ratio is 1:5, and groups are gender-specific. Mentoring takes place during a 1-2 hour block of time and is typically scheduled once a week.
For questions about STARBASE 2.0 Mentoring, please contact Natalie Ringold at 612.713.2352.
Upcoming Mentoring Dates – Keewaydin Elementary
- February 20 & 27
- March 6, 13, 20 & 27
- April 10, 17 & 27
- May 1