STARBASE

The West Virginia Air National Guard hosts STARBASE academies at its air bases in Charleston and Martinsburg. STARBASE -- a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment program
-- seeks to spark students’ interest through a dynamic fusion of demonstration and experimentation. Students become completely immersed in a multitude of subjects including fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, engineering, and computer-aided design.

The program’s cutting-edge, five day curriculum provides students with unique opportunities to explore STEM concepts through hands-on, minds-on, experiential learning in state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs, and offers students exposure to technological tools and expertise not typically available in public school classrooms. Witness- ing firsthand the relevance of STEM education, children quickly learn that subjects they once perceived as “boring and difficult” are actually exciting and important. Our two STARBASE locations have completed more than 1,000 academies and served more than 25,000 students.

Demand for the STARBASE program is at an all time high. To help meet this demand, our academies will be implementing several new initiatives in the upcoming year, including expansion of our instructional capacity and the addition of a new after-school mentoring program.

STARBASE Martinsburg received fund-
ing to hire two additional teachers, enabling the program to serve every 5th grade student in the Berkeley County public schools, as well as private and home-schooled students. The program works very closely with base employees and community members to extend students from the classroom to the real world.

Our STARBASE academies are among a handful of sites selected by DoD officials to pilot a new after-school mentoring program for middle school students. This program -- STARBASE 2.0 -- provides a unique opportunity for middle school students to interact with and learn along- side STEM professionals from the community in a club-like setting.

Our Programs...

  • JITEC

    The Joint Interagency Training and Education Center is the Guard's leader in Weapons of Mass Destruction training and education.

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  • Civil Support Team

    The CST identifies Weapons of Mass Destruction threats and assists state and federal authorities in developing an appropriate response.

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  • National Maintenance Program

    Our National Maintenance Programs and Special Repair Activities have helped the WVNG to win two Army Community of Excellence competitions.

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  • Advanced Mobility Training Area

    The Advanced Mobility Training Area provides service members with skills to operate safely in challenging environments

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  • State Partnership Program

    Since 1996, our State Partnership Program has helped bridge military, educational and cultural gaps with our partners in Peru.

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  • STARBASE

    STARBASE is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment program
that seeks to spark students’ interest in science.

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  • ChalleNGe Academy

    ChalleNGe Academy trains and mentors selected at-risk youth using the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program in a quasi-military environment.

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  • Safety Program

    Our Safety Office conducts Occupational Safety and Health Administrative training for service members to include Motorcycle ATV Safety courses.

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