WATERBURY, Conn. - Six Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Groton Sailors returned to an elementary school in Waterbury, Conn., in October for another DoD STARBASE project for 30 fifth grade students. The projects utilize a Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) Creo system as they partner with STARBASE to provide a curriculum based on design and engineering.
The students have used Creo to create submarines, space shuttles and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Using a computer, this month’s project was to create a satellite station of their own design with all of the students using the same components. Each satellite showcased the student’s individualism and design aesthetic.
The NBHC staff members also spent time speaking about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principles that they use in their daily work environments. HM3 Jamal Porter covered properly brushing teeth and other oral hygiene topics. HM3 Anthony Jones brought in the Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) and demonstrated the importance of it and how it can be used in a combative/training situation. The children enjoyed all of the hands on activities that NBHC Groton presented.
The Sailors who volunteered for this session of STARBASE were HM3 Jamal Porter, HM3 Anthony Jones, LS3 Christina Moore, HM3 Shanice Johnson, HN Sierra Denton and HN Taqueria Robinson.
DoD STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore STEM through the inquiry-based curriculum with its “hands-on, mind-on” activities. Teamwork is stressed as they work together to explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate concepts and motivate them to explore STEM as they continue their education.