STARBASE Martinsburg is a highly interactive enrichment program for public and private students.  STARBASE seeks to overcome three of the most difficult problems facing today’s youth:  poor preparation in science, math, and technology; lack of personal direction; and the allure of substance abuse.  STARBASE is an exciting, hands-on science, mathematics and technology and engineering program in a high-tech, aerospace learning environment.  Located at the 167th Air National Guard in Martinsburg, West Virginia, STARBASE inspires students and helps strengthen their learning through unique, challenging and fun academic programs where students explore, experiment, and expand their knowledge.  Classes are from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Participating schools attend STARBASE for a total of 5 days.  STARBASE has full time instructors who specialize in science,  math, engineering, and technology.  The program is free to schools and Berkeley County Schools Transportation Department provides transportation.  All students who attend STARBASE must have a “Release of Liability” and “Release of Information” signed by their parent or guardian to attend.  There are currently over 76 DoD STARBASE locations across the  country.

Math Operations and Calculations (2.0 hrs)


A.  Numbers and Number Relationships

1.    The learner will solve problems using fractions, decimals, and percent.

B.  Measurement

1.    The learner will select and apply appropriate standard units and tools to measure length, area, volume, mass, and degree of angles.

C.  Geometry

1.    The learner will recognize geometric properties and relationships and apply them to other disciplines and to problems that arise in the classroom or in everyday life.

D.  Data Analysis

1.    The learner will collect data using observations and experiments.

2.    The learner will represent data using tables and graphs.

Physics (3.5 hrs)


A.  Newton’s  Three Laws of Motion

  1. The learner will recognize examples of Newton’s Laws in the physical world.
  2. The learner will demonstrate that an object in motion or at rest will stay in motion or at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.  (First Law)
  3. The learner will predict and determine the acceleration of an object when given the variables of mass and force.  (Second Law)
  4. The learner will conclude every action is followed by a reaction equal in magnitude and opposite in direction.  (Third Law)

B.  Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamics

  1. The learner will specify the expected change in motion caused by unbalanced forces acting on an object.
  2. The learner will determine the faster fluids move, the less pressure they exert.  (Bernoulli’s Principle)

Chemistry (3.5 hrs)


A.  Building Blocks of Matter

  1. The learner will conclude there are more than 100 known elements that combine in a multitude of ways to produce compounds, which account for all living and non-living substances.
  2. The learner will demonstrate that atoms combine to form molecules and molecules formed from different atoms combine to form compounds.
  3. The learner will recognize a substance has characteristics, such as density, viscosity, boiling point, and solubility, all of which are independent of the amount of the sample.  (Building Molecular Models)

B.  Physical and Chemical Changes

  1. The learner will differentiate between a physical change in which matter changes state or form and a chemical change in which one or more new substances are formed. (Warm Ups and Cool Downs)
  2. The learner will conclude a change in the state of matter of a substance is the result of a change in kinetic energy.
  3. The learner will conclude that energy in a system is conserved and may change from one form to another.

C.  Atmospheric Properties

  1. The learner will determine there are a number of characteristic properties of air including mass, weight, density, volume, and pressure.
  2. The learner will discover air pressure is not constant and varies with altitude.
  3. The learner will identify gases and their proportions that make up the Earth’s atmosphere.

4.    The learner will categorize air as a fluid, similar to the ocean, based on observable properties. (Fluid Investigations)

Engineering (4.0 hrs)


A.  Engineering Design Process (EDP)

  1. The learner will recognize the engineering design process is a method of problem solving used to create a system, a product, or a process that meets an identified need.  (Eggbert)

B.  3-D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) (3.0 hrs)

  1. The learner will construct a 3-D scale model based on geometric relationships using engineering design software and computer technology as required by OASD/RA.
  2. The learner will use engineering design software to demonstrate basic CAD operation and skills in the areas of:

·         sketching (2-D geometry creation and modification)

·         geometric and dimensional constraints (applying appropriate constraints)

·         modeling (3-D modeling skills and modifications)

·         assemblies (understanding and creating simple assemblies) 

3.    The learner will relate geometric relationships and mathematical applications to parameters of CAD.

4.    The learner will apply basic computer skills such as mouse dexterity, keyboarding, data entry, and folder navigation.  (DoD Lab Module (LM) and DoD Satellite)

Technology (4.0 hrs)


A.  Innovations

1.    The learner will identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigations.

2.    The learner will plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.

3.    The learner will collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

4.    The learner will use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions. (Robotics)

B.  Navigation and Mapping

1.    The learner will use technological tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

2.    The learner will recognize the benefits of advancements in technology tools which provide information relating to location and distance.

3.    The learner will use coordinate points of latitude and longitude to specify locations and navigate from one point to another.  (Top Secret Mission)

S.T.E.M. Careers (1.5 hrs)


A.  STEM Careers on Military Facilities

1.    The learner will develop an awareness that scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians work on military facilities. (Site tours)

B.  Personal Investigations

1.    The learner will correlate their academic endeavors in STEM areas to real-world applications in career fields.

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