Some Thoughts from the Executive Director, Bill Hayden

Bill Hayden at STARBASEOctober 2016

STARBASE is entering its 14 th year of STEM education in Portsmouth. Wow! To get started, the Navy loaned us a facility in the former New Gosport base housing area…two big rooms and some office space. Five hundred fifth graders completed the elementary physics curriculum and launched their rockets that first year…many of them landing in neighborhood yards!

Since those early days, I estimate that we have graduated over 15,000 students from our STARBASE program. While many of them are still in school, probably 10,000 are “out there”, working in the world. Most of our graduates have not pursued math or science, but at STARBASE they learned that those subjects have real application in their daily lives. I personally know several who have graduated from college and are practicing engineers. They have told me that launching their rocket many years ago is the moment in time that changed their lives…and now they are making a difference in the world.

There are thousands of STEM jobs available in the local area and across the country. Scientists and engineers everywhere are making life easier and more fun. STARBASE will continue to inspire kids to go down their own “STEM Pathway”, and that means Portsmouth, Hampton Roads and the country will be better places.


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