MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A federal program that helps ignite children’s interest in math and science has made its way to the Little Apple.
Manhattan city officials, local school students and members of the Kansas National Guard, including Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli, were on hand Wednesday for the opening of the new Kansas STARBASE academy.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the National Guard Amory on Levee Drive in Manhattan.
STARBASE is a U.S. Department of Defense youth program that is run through the National Guard in Kansas and it helps raise students’ interest and improve their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The goal of the program is to provide for a highly educated and skilled American workforce.
The STARBASE program in Manhattan is the fifth academy in the state. There are 76 academies across the nation in 39 states.
Students in the 5th grade from Lee Elementary School were on hand for the ceremony.
Kansas STARBASE director Jeff Gabriel says classes from different local schools will visit the STARBASE academy to learn about the sciences so that the students will be inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the future.