This fall, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School middle school students are meeting after school to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts through the Starbase 2.0 program, a school program from the 122nd Fighter Wing Indiana Air National Guard.
On September 15, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School middle school students met to build and launch bottle rockets with components they were given. The Starbase 2.0 program simulates a rocket building effort to land a rocket on Mars. The students are placed in groups and they play different team roles. There is a budget for rocket components as they attempt to successfully build and launch their rockets. Later, the students will build and launch straw rockets and do an egg drop to simulate making a safe landing on Mars.
The 24 middle school students, made up of 6th, 7th and 8th graders, had to apply to be accepted to the after-school program. Starbase 2.0 Coordinator for Middle Schools Susan Callaway directs the students. There are several adult mentors, including Colonel David Augustine, a school parent and former commander with the 122nd Fighter Wing Indiana Air National Guard. Middle School Teacher Jodi Jump moderates the Starbase 2.0 after-school program. The students will graduate from the Starbase 2.0 program on November 17.