FIFTH-GRADERS ENJOY STARBASE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF HANDS-ON PROJECTS
Fun, engaging and exciting are adjectives several fifth-graders at Liberty Drive Elementary School used to describe the Starbase education program.This week students will conduct experiments, learn to work cooperatively as teams and take part in stimulating enrichment activities that provides hands-on projects that touch not only on science, technology, engineering and math but also drug demand reduction, goal setting, teamwork, self-esteem and possible future careers."I personally look forward to the Starbase program because I know how exciting it is for the kids. They make learning fun and are just great people. I just love the excitement they bring to Liberty Drive," said Susan Upton, Communities In Schools site coordinator.The reason students seem to enjoy it is because it brings certain aspects of the state's curriculum to life. "All of the experiments help you understand (science and math) better," said student Kassadi Webster.During the five-day visit, Starbase instructors will talk about subjects the students have touched on in the classroom such as Newton's laws of motions, chemical reactions, states of matter, friction and properties of air. The team educates students through the STARBASE — Science and Technology Academics Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration approach.