Editorial - 5/6/13 - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Editorial - 5/6/13

One of 76 such academies across the nation, all located on military installations, STARBASE Savannah successfully exposes 5th grade students to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, subjects known collectively as STEM, with the goal of increasing interest in further study and future employment within these related and vital fields.   

STARBASE opened its doors in Savannah just 15-months ago, and has already reached more than 600 area students.   Successive classes of 5th graders, including their teachers, attend the 25-hour course of study, a full-week of hands-on STEM learning, in partnership with the U.S. Army and Savannah-Chatham schools.  Housed on Hunter Army Airfield, the Army's only such site, STARBASE Savannah operates in a new, computer-rich facility, made possible by community benefactors, including, especially, Gulfstream Aerospace. Long-time Savannah teacher, and distinguished 165th Georgia Air Guard retiree, Betty Morgan, leads STARBASE Savannah's expert professional staff.

So why bring all of this up?  Because the President's budget calls for the  Pentagon to kill the program nationwide, redirecting the comparatively-minimal funds elsewhere. Folks, this cannot be allowed to happen!  There's simply too much great, truly-cost-efficient work being done to light a spark within young people for STEM study, with the ability to continue at a specially-designated local middle and high school. Especially from parents of STARBASE students, we need your help to get this critical funding restored. Georgia's Senators and Representative Jack Kingston are fully on-board.  At every opportunity, thank these highly-respected officials for their efforts, and ask that they continue the push to keep STARBASE-learning alive for our young people.       

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