Since 1993, Kansas STARBASE has worked with more than 42,000 Kansas children in grades four through six, teaching and inspiring them to greater interest in math, science, engineering and technology.
The Kansas STARBASE program is the largest in the U.S. with locations in Wichita, Topeka, Salina and Kansas City, Kan.
Recent Congressional funding of the program was not enough to support all 60 STARBASE academies across the nation. However, the Department of Defense was able to secure additional funding which, in addition to some cost saving measures, provided the necessary funds to support all STABASE academies at their 2008 funding levels.
Jeff Gabriel, executive director of the Kansas program, was recently notified by the National Guard Bureau that all four Kansas STARBASE locations will be funded through 2009 with all current staff remaining on board.
“This is great news for the youth of Kansas,” said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general. “STARBASE is a program that works, firing up interest in math, science, engineering and technology in the next generation of engineers, scientists, astronauts and a host of other professions that are key to keeping our nation strong.
These students are the leaders of tomorrow and STARBASE is a program that not only makes them enthusiastic about science, it instills confidence and leaderships skills, as well. We’re sincerely grateful to the Department of Defense for providing funding to keep this great program going for our Kansas kids.”
Kansas STARBASE was launched in 1993 with an academy in Wichita, followed by Topeka in 1994. In 1997, the Kansas STARBASE program received approval to add a program in Salina and another program was launched in Kansas City, Kan., in 1999.
For several years, Kansas STARBASE has also partnered with western Kansas community colleges, Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University and the Kansas Cosmosphere to provide summer academies in Pittsburg, Great Bend, Liberal, Garden City, Hays, Hutchinson and Pratt.