5th Grade Participates in STARBASE

Braelen Stewart & Michael Thorne

To participate in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, the fifth grade students traveled to Eastover during the school day from January 22-25. The students participated in the Science Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation Space Exploration (STARBASE) Swamp Fox program which is a Department of Defense-sponsored activity hosted by the Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

Students took part in an inquiry-based curriculum with “hands-on/minds-on” experiential activities in the STEM fields. They had the opportunity to see how these academic areas are important as they interacted through on-base excursions to various work centers on McEntire JNGB. Teamwork and goal setting was a constant theme as students worked together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts. The fifth grade teachers, who accompanied the students, are Mrs. Frances James, Mrs. Lynn Smith and Mrs. Sande Tisdale.