About Wyoming STARBASE Academy
Wyoming STARBASE Academy is a Department of Defense Youth Program operated in partnership with the Wyoming National Guard and Wyoming Military Department since 1994. It is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Raper Armory, but prior to that, it was located at the Wyoming Air National Guard Base.
This premier educational program serves, free of charge, fifth-grade public, private, and home-school students in Laramie County, Wyoming. Through team-work, students participate in challenging “hands-on, mind-on” activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students also interact with military personnel to explore careers and make connections with the “real world”. The program provides students with 20-25 hours of exemplary instruction, using a common core curriculum that meets or exceeds the national standards. Wyoming STARBASE activities include several hands-on science labs, activities centered on the Engineering Design Process, mapping activities with maps specifically designed for the STARBASE Program by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, designing and launching straw rockets, and working with the CREO Elements/Pro Computer-Aided Drafting software, a software program used by several of the nation’s leading manufacturing companies.
The academy focuses on serving student groups that are historically under-represented in STEM careers when they enter into the workforce, such as students from high poverty and rural areas.
To expose our nation’s youth to the technological environments and positive civilian and military experiences that encourage them to explore STEM education and careers through hands-on instruction and activities that meet or exceed the National Standards.
Educating the Workforce of the Future!
Provide outreach opportunities for at-risk students in Wyoming.
Network and collaborate with other STEM organizations and attend STEM-related professional development sessions.
Adhere to DoD and DoD STARBASE Curriculum and Goals.
Expand our current program to STARBASE 2.0 and include Casper, Wyoming.
Increase and expand community involvement by increasing the number of sponsors, partners, and volunteers, both in the community and within the military.
Wyo. STARBASE Academy Staff
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Wyoming STARBASE Foundation
To provide additional support and funding for Wyoming STARBASE Academy, Wyoming STARBASE Foundation was formed. This non-profit, 501(c)3 organization works to build partnerships and support with local businesses and government agencies to extend programs beyond the scope provided by federal funding.
The Foundation is made up of a voluntary Board of Directors.
Danielle Jensen-Ryan, President
Jim Barr, Vice President
Katelyn Hardee, Secretary
Rio Smith, Treasurer
James Hearne, Board Member
Sandra Joslin, Board Member
Sarah Sanchez, Board Member
Trent Morrell, Board Member
If anyone is interested in joining the STARBASE Foundation Board, please email President Danielle Jensen-Ryan at email@example.com