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Mar 28, 2012 8:23 AM by Kay Rossi (KRTV Great Falls)

STARBASE program ready to launch for MT students

GREAT FALLS- STARBASE, a Department of Defense program that offers hands-on science and math lessons, is set to launch in Great Falls in less than a week. The Great Falls Public School District has been busy since funding was announced for the program.

"We had to secure a location at the Montana Air National Guard to house this program. We had to secure the money from the Department of Defense. From there we were able to start purchasing equipment, materials, supplies," Assistant Superintendent Ruth Uecker explained.

Now all that's left to do is put the finishing touches on the classrooms.

"Right now we're unboxing all the Newton's learning equipment and putting it in the Newton's Room and the Burnelli's equipment and putting it in the Burnelli's Room. The curriculum is set. We know what we're going to teach, for the most part. For that first day, we just need to get all of the materials ready," STARBASE instructor Stacy Dolderer said.

When the fifth-grade students arrive on Monday, they'll get to utilize some of the newest technology the district has, including a flight simulator.

The program will only be partially implemented this year, with each fifth-grade class spending a full day at STARBASE from now until the end of the school year.

But just because students will be excused from school for a day doesn't mean they'll get a break from learning; Dolderer noted, "This isn't a field trip. It's a learning adventure."

The first group to experience STARBASE in Great Falls will be students from Chief Joseph Elementary School.

Learn more at the STARBASE website, including this overview:

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