Photos courtesy of Tom Pace, Talk of the Town
STARBASE graduated its 1,000th class May 19 at Morning Star Baptist Church in Shreveport. Keynote speaker was Col. Brandon Parker, Vice Commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base. Starbase is a Department of Defense Youth Program. It is a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program in over 60 locations throughout the United States, including Shreveport-Bossier.
Since 1999, more than 24,000 Shreveport-Bossier students have experienced hands-on STEM investigations and projects, leading-edge technology, and innovative instructional methods through STARBASE Louisiana at Barksdale Air Force Base.
The STARBASE mission is to raise the interest and improve the knowledge and skills of students, thus providing for a highly educated and skilled American workforce to meet the advanced technological requirements of our national security, and maintain our nation’s leadership, productivity and competitive edge in the global economy. The STARBASE goal is to excite students, help them develop scientific and mathematics literacy, and to encourage them to pursue these fields in their future careers.