Summer Camps Bring Students Fun and STEM Skills

Nearly 450 students are in summer camps this year at STARBASE Victory! There is never a dull moment at the schoolhouse with students learning everything from coding in PPS Coders to environmental stewardship in ENVIROBASE.  Each week through the end of July, you will find twenty five or so students in each camp except when they on an awesome field trip!  We offer extensions (graduate courses) in the subjects they learned during the school year in SPACEBASE, ENVIROBASE and AEROBASE for rising 5th, 6th and 7th graders.  We also offer new programs to such as LEGO WEDO Robotics Camp for rising 4thgradersLEGO WeDo Robotics Camp where campers will build and program “robotic critters” capable of performing simple tasks.  Campers will be encouraged to imagine, explore, and investigate basic machine principles through the development and reinforcement of integrated problem solving, communication skills, teamwork and collaboration..

Pictured here are students during the second session of SPACEBASE for rising 5th graders. At this camp, students used geospatial technologies to learn more about Old Towne Portsmouth. Mapping, exploration, and interaction with the businesses in Old Towne Portsmouth during the field trip resulted in each team’s creation of a brochure representing the area. The key components of the camp were to use their STEM skills as they learn about mapping, tourism, and urban planning by using GPS to track a wayward pirate through Old Towne Portsmouth.

Spacebase teamwork

One Recognition Leads to Another

CabotExecutive Director Bill Hayden received a Volunteer of the Year Award through the Hampton Roads Volunteer Council. That organization submitted Bill for a Cabot Creamery Celebrity Award. Well, he was a little surprised and very humble with all the attention, but yes, he was selected as a national award winner by  Cabot Creamery Cooperative, the New England and upstate New York farm-family owned dairy cooperative, for his selfless volunteerism in creating STARBASE Victory. Bill and his wife Kit joined honorees in November from across the country for the fifth Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise, along with Cabot staff and special honorees selected from program partners AARP Create the Good, National Cooperative Bank and Points of Light’s HandsOn Network for a six-day, seven-night excursion. Be sure to ask Bill about his cruise!

Your STARBASE is an Award Winner!

River StarSTARBASE Victory’s ENVIROBASE Aquarius has been recognized again as a River Star “Model” Program! What do our students do? All of Portsmouth public school fifth graders learned about the parameters of weather and the effects of erosion during their ENVIROBASE experience. They used global learning and observations while studying the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Students documented their findings by making their own videos, sharing how they conducted their research and presenting possible solutions for concerns they discovered. Focusing on the Elizabeth River watershed, students harvested oysters in the fall and others planted them on an oyster reef during summer camp. In addition, students participated in an oyster restoration project. Students at Victory Elementary also participated in a wetland grass-planting project at the Hermitage Foundation.