Local

May 24, 2012

STARBASE Nellis teaches, reaches Las Vegas Valley students

Tags:
By Maj. Jessica Martin
926th Group public affairs

Students from Lomie Heard Elementary School learn how to calculate volume during a math exercise on the first day of STARBASE Nellis Apr. 23.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — STARBASE Nellis opened its classroom doors Apr. 23 to Las Vegas Valley youth, instructing them in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The community outreach program, under the stewardship of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 926th Group at Nellis AFB, is Nevada’s first Department of Defense sponsored academy.

“As a Reserve unit, our members are often permanent citizens of Nevada. We plant roots and grow families here, and as a group we search for opportunities to give back to our community,” said Col. John Breeden, 926th Group commander. “STARBASE Nellis has the potential to benefit hundreds of children a year for many years to come, and we’re so proud to be involved from the ground up here.”

With a staff of two teachers and administrators, as well as assistance from base volunteers, STARBASE Nellis is postured to instruct up to 1,300 students annually.

“We’re extremely excited to kick off this program,” said Myles Judd, STARBASE Nellis director. “It’s truly a team effort between the Reserve and Regular Air Force here. We are invested in the future of our nation, and we’re working together to positively impact the local youth.”

STARBASE serves to raise the interest and improve the knowledge of at-risk students in the STEM fields, leading to a skilled American workforce that can meet the advanced technological requirements of the nation.

The program partners with Clark County School District schools to provide 20-25 hours of instruction using a common core curriculum in line with national standards. Students participate in hands-on activities studying Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s principle; exploring nanotechnology, navigation and mapping; using computer software to design space stations, all-terrain vehicles and submersibles; and using metric measurement, estimation, calculation geometry and data analysis to solve equations. Additionally, the students interact with military personnel to observe STEM applications in the real world and explore career options.

“I think it’s a great program; all items–math, writing, reading, science, logic–are incorporated into each activity, so each lesson flows to the next,” said Carol Kerns, Lomie Heard Elementary School special education teacher. “While observing the class I thought of test questions we use and saw how the experiments help give the kids a better understanding of the material we’re teaching.”

STARBASE originated at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., in 1990. Today the program has 76 academies in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The 926th GP secured the DOD grant for Nevada in August 2011.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photograph

Nellis Airman garners 2013 Sijan Award

Courtesy photograph Senior Master Sgt. David DeLoney, 820th RED HORSE readiness and emergency management superintendent, poses for a photo at an undisclosed location. DeLoney earned the 2013 U.S. Air Force Lance P. Sijan Leader...
 
 

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Why do I care? I worked for years in Florida in Child Protective Services. I obtained my Master of Social Work in 1996, and I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2001. I saw children with marks and bruises after they had been beaten with objects. I saw...
 
 

Navy leadership visits Las Vegas Navy Reserves

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Las Vegas Navy Operational Support Center was honored to have Rear Adm. Bryan P. Cutchen, commander of the U.S. Naval Reserve Forces Command, as its special guest speaker during a recently conducted drill weekend. The distinguished guest was a beacon of inspiration for the 250 plus Navy reservists who...
 

 

Pulse on AF force management

WASHINGTON — New eligibility criteria, application deadlines and status updates are all featured in this force management update, an ongoing effort to bring Airmen the latest, most accurate information concerning the complex and dynamic force management programs. Additional TERA, VSP windows The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 temporary early retirement authority...
 
 

AF opens additional TERA, VSP windows

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 force management temporary early retirement authority application windows, and a new voluntary separation pay application window, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 14. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA eligibility will be based on the updated...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Military children receive support during hardships

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young Tech. Sgt. Mike Hodges, 99th Medical Operations Squadron respiratory therapy technician, holds a horse while Anders Steinhiser, Lomie G. Heard Elementary School 1st grade s...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin