STARBASE STEM Program Gets Trial Run with Duluth Elementary Students

State Sen. Erik Simonson says he's working on legislation to expand the program to Duluth by next school year

DULUTH, Minn. – The 148th Fighter Wing hosted a group of Duluth elementary school kids for a unique look at a future in science, technology, engineering, and math [STEM].

All week, instructors from the STARBASE program in the Twin Cities worked with 5th graders from Lowell Elementary, applying lessons learned in the classroom to stem challenges and experiments.

“We get to program rovers, push rocks around and we get to do a lot of things with math and engineering,” said Faith Hanson, a 5th grade student at Lowell Elementary.  She said the lessons were challenging, but also exciting.

STARBASE is a National Guard program, funded by the Department of Defense, the state, and private donations by those who want to see students interested in STEM.

“The program itself is incredibly popular, incredibly effective,” said State Sen. Erik Simonson. “It just gives an opportunity to engage with STEM in a different way, an innovative way that really seems to work well.”

Simonson says he’s working on legislation to expand STARBASE to Duluth for next school year.

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