A program designed to offer students a "hands-on, minds-on approach" to science, technology, engineering and math education has officially opened in a fourth location. STARBASE Gary follows campuses in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and South Bend. The Fort Wayne location was opened first in 2012. Outside of Indiana, there additional locations for the National Guard-supported program in Texas and Oklahoma.
Indiana National Guard Major General Courtney Carr says "it’s to better prepare our youth not just for the military, but also for future professionals. It’s a security imperative. It’s absolutely energizing talking to these kids about their favorite scientists, and STARBASE ties us so closely to the community which we live, serve and work."
Some 12,000 students and instructors have gone through the program since the launch. STARBASE academies teach physics, aerodynamics, nanotechnology, robotics, navigation and mapping in conjunction with local school districts. STARBASE Gary will be lead by Director Ava Marshall-Ligon, a former Gary Community School Corp. principal counselor and teacher. She says the need for more STEM courses is a critical need in the community. "I’m proud and humble to be a director, and teacher, at STARBASE Gary," she said "I’m very grateful to be a part of a greater cause. I’m a part of a team of dream makers."
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