About STARBASETexas STARBASE Austin

 

MISSION STATEMENT
“Adding Value to America” through educational outreach that focuses on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math and dedicated to enhancing the performance, success and personal growth of youth.

 

OBJECTIVE
STARBASE Austin objective is to raise the interest and improve the knowledge and skills of at-risk 5th graders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by offering 25 hours of exemplary instruction using an engaging curriculum that meets and exceeds State Standards. Hosted at Camp Mabry, students participate in challenging "hands-on, mind-on" activities and interact with military personnel to explore careers and observe STEM applications in the "real world."


STARBASE Austin Informational Flyer
STARBASE Austin Informational Flyer

Texas STARBASE provides students in grade 5 a first-hand journey into the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, math, aviation, and aerospace. The program will be conducted at Camp Mabry in a varied and exciting environment, giving students a new perception of the STEM sciences. The curriculum consists of rigorous hands-on minds-on activities, interactive investigations, experiments, simulations, and on-site tours demonstrating use of STEM in the workplace. Classroom instruction includes Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, Bernoulli’s Principle, navigation and mapping, flight simulation, investigations of nanotechnology and nanoengineered products, atmospheric properties, rocketry, engineering design process, computer assisted design (CAD), and 3 dimension manufacturing. Students explore STEM careers, processes for goal setting and teamwork skills, and the importance of staying in school and becoming a life-long learner. Certified educators teach the curriculum with assistance from Guard and community volunteers with technical and content expertise.
All curriculum content and student activities are correlated to state and national science, technology, and math standards.

We have the capability to accommodate 32 students per Academy.  The instruction is typically delivered in five 5 hour blocks of instruction on one day of the week for 5 consecutive weeks. Our program is funded by the DoD & charitable donations, and is available at no cost to districts in our service area. We partner with a school district via memorandum of understanding (MOU) which outlines the service we provide as well as the requirements of the served district/school for participation.

DoD STARBASE
See what STARBASE is accomplishing across the United States: DoD STARBASE


ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Texas STARBASE, the first program of its kind in Texas, has earned recognition at both local and national levels. It was the recipient of the U. S. Coast Guard Commandant’s National Partnership in Education Award and second place national winner as the National Guard Adjutant General’s Minuteman Mike Youth Program Award. NASA’s International Space Station Team and school district auditors have also recognized Texas STARBASE as a highly effective educational outreach program committed to educational excellence and the personal development of youth. Texas STARBASE has accepted invitations and made presentations at The NORAD Commander’s Conference Spouse Program, The National Interagency Counterdrug Institute, The National Guard Association of Texas Conference, The Texas Federal Women’s Program Annual Meeting, and The Texas Business and Education Conference.

GOALS
Texas STARBASE actively involves students in hands-on minds-on, real world experiences in an unconventional instructional setting to:

  • Raise student interest and increase student knowledge in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Demonstrate the relevancy and use of science, technology, math, and engineering in today’s workplace and encourage students to pursue these fields as their life’s work.
  • Teach problem solving and goal setting skills that build confidence and foster success in the STEM content fields.
  • Develop teamwork skills and provide real world activities to practice these skills.
  • Stress the importance of staying in school and life-long learning.
  • Provide teachers with classroom demonstrations of practical activities to maintain students' interest in the STEM fields

Mr. Patrick Yonnone, aka “Mulligan”
Program Director

Mr. Patrick Yonnone

Mr. Yonnone holds a Bachelor of Science degree from United States Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an Infantry Lieutenant in 1999. He was sponsored by Austin ISD to earn his teaching certificate through Region 13’s Austin Teacher Academy program and holds the following certifications: ESL Generalist(EC-8), Technology Education(6-12), Technology Applications(EC-12), Mathematics(8-12), and Physical Science/Mathematics/Engineering. Mr. Yonnone also holds his Masters of Arts in STEM Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Yonnone joined the STARBASE team in August 2014.

 

Mrs. Ivy Williams, aka “Proton”
Program Deputy Director / Instructor

Mrs. Ivy Williams

Mrs. Williams is a seventeen-year science teacher holding a Bachelor’s Degree from Coppin State University where she majored in K-8 education. During her first few years of teaching she wrote several successful technology grants in her effort to close the digital gap that existed where she taught. Seeing the need to strengthen her methodologies in using the newly acquired technology, Mrs. Williams then pursued her Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in their Technology for Educators program. Mrs. Williams wants her students to be successful in life and works hard to ensure that her students become problem solvers! Mrs. Williams joined the STARBASE crew in August 2016.

 

Mrs. Emily F. Bell, aka “Saturn”
Program Specialist

Mrs. Emily Bell

Mrs. Bell earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Texas Lutheran University in 2008.   She has a background in Special Events and Development in Higher Education. Mrs. Bell has also immersed herself in the high temperature electronics industry doing promotions and marketing. She is enthusiastic about creative and engaging learning. Mrs. Bell is passionate about creating excitement and interest in the classroom so students are empowered to succeed. Being outdoors relishing nature, playing tennis and attending country western concerts are her pastimes. Mrs. Bell joined the STARBASE crew in September 2014.

 

Mrs. Laura Badkoobeh, aka “Yotta”
Program Instructor

Laura BadkoobehMrs. Badkoobeh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Teaching from Louisiana State University. After university, she taught for a year in Louisiana.  Her passion for teaching and learning about education across cultures led her to move to China to teach in international schools.  She taught fifth through first grades and worked with developing science curriculum.  Upon returning to America, she moved to Austin, Texas and continued to work in education.  Mrs. Badkoobeh is passionate about travel, inquiry and empowering students to succeed in learning.  She joined the STARBASE team in July 2017.  

 

Ms. Kerissa Mitchell, aka “Lightyear"
Program Instructor

Mitchell holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Ms. Mitchell began a successful seven-year career with Hays CISD. During her time in the classroom, Ms. Mitchell grew a passion for her students to enjoy learning in all subject areas through song, project-based learning and inquiry. She helped write curriculum for various district STEM camps that incorporated student engineering. Ms. Mitchell loves her career as an educator. She feels the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the light and joy in her student's eyes, especially when they have reached their own goals or are successful. She also loves to sing, be with family, and travel. Ms. Mitchell joined the STARBASE crew in August 2017.


VISIT US
Texas STARBASE Austin is located in Building 31 at Camp Mabry, Austin, TX.

HOURS OF OPERATION
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)

ADDRESS
Camp Mabry 
2200 West 35th Street, Building 31
Austin, TX 78763

STARBASE Austin Volunteer Forms (TMD Forms / STARBASE Austin)


STAFF

Patrick Yonnone
Program Director
Email: Click Here
Phone: 512-782-3469

Emily F. Bell
Program Specialist
Email: Click Here
Phone: 512-782-3454

Ivy Williams
Program Deputy Director/Instructor
Email: Click Here
Phone: 512-782-3471

Laura Badkoobeh
Program Instructor
Email: Click Here
Phone: 512-782-3470

Kerissa Mitchell
Program Instructor
Email: Click Here
Phone: 512-782-3470

EMPLOYMENT
For employment opportunities with STARBASE Austin, please visit: Employment Opportunities


BOARD MEMBERS
501(c3) Board of Directors purpose is to support Texas STARBASE Inc.

Michael Blalock 
William Petit

John Jackson
Larry Werbiski
Randy Davis 
Dick Seltzer

 


 

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STARBASE Austin Donate
For information about donating to STARBASE Austin, please contact Emily Bell, Program Specialist, at 512-782-3454 or by email.


STARBASE Austin Quotes!

“Hands down, STARBASE is one of the best youth programs out there. What a great way to influence our next generations of leaders in math, science and technology.  My daughter shows tremendous interest in such areas, thus STARBASE was the icing on the cake.  She loved it!
Many thanks to all the staff at Texas STARBASE Austin, for making this program 
standout and shine.  Excellent work!”
Stuart T Kidd SFC, NGTX

 “Such a great opportunity for kids who thrive with hands on activities.  Focusing on state mandated knowledge and skill was a super plus.  What a fun way to get a head start on science and technology for next year.”
– Olivia Lara

On the way home he couldn’t stay quiet.  He would tell me everything that happened that day.  He loved it!  When I visited for lunch I noticed that the kids were engaged and enthusiastic.  I could tell the program was successful!  He asked if he could do it next summer.  It was fantastic!  
Norberto Flores II LTC USARMY

“STARBASE taught me that setting goals is an accomplishment that you can finish and never give up.”
-Bella, Hillcrest Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“STARBASE taught me that setting goals is important because you know that you tried hard, even if you failed.”
Superman, Hillcrest Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“What I learned about myself through STARBASE was that I like learning at school, and having fun while learning is OK.”
Banana, Popham Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“My favorite memory of STARBASE is the teachers Nimbus, Java and Saturn.”
Money, Popham Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“At STARBASE, I learned that Teamwork is important because if we didn’t have teamwork, we would not have completed the missions.”
Groot, Popham Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“What I learned at STARBASE will help me in school because I will understand more of the things in the STAAR test.”
Renee, Del Valle Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“My thoughts about today’s mission: I loved today because I left like a real problem solver and I loved Eggbert because I like to design things.”
Crystal, Del Valle Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“What I learned about engineering… Engineering is not just building things, it is about putting thought into what we build.”
Pooh Bear, Del Valle Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“Day 1- Thoughts about today’s mission: I wish school was like this because it was really fun and creative.”
Julissa, Del Valle Elementary, Del Valle ISD

“STARBASE taught me that setting goals is a good way to motivate me.”
Silver Tails, Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary, Del Valle Elementary

“At STARBASE, I learned that Teamwork is important because people can encourage you.”
Nicol Bolas, Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary, Del Valle Elementary

“The things I learned at STARBASE helped me better understand the rules about inercia, gravity and acceleration.”
Zero, Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary, Del Valle Elementary

“STARBASE supports the enthusiasm I would love to see in my students.  It makes them want to learn more and to show-off their scientific understanding.  Students can express scientific concepts in a more enthusiastic way after this experience.  It makes all areas of STEM worthy for the students.”
– Candace Fox, Govalle Elementary

“It gave students, especially girls, a better understanding of what kind of jobs are out in the community that use math.  It is an excellent program and I would recommend it to the school board and expose more teachers to it.”
– Maria D. Guerra, Norman Elementary

“STARBASE did a great job of reinforcing the TEKS we cover in class and providing students with a look ahead at the possibilities that await them in middle school and high school.”
– Jack Jeansonne, Odom Elementary

“I will refer back to these activities, share the activities and information with other teachers, and use STARBASE students as “leaders” to teach other students.”
– Stephanie Noel, Gilbert Elementary