Dobbins tower takes STARBASE guests to new heights

Dobbins tower takes STARBASE campers to new heights

Keiffer Peoples, Dobbins Air Reserve Base air traffic controller, gives an overview of airfield operations to STARBASE summer youth program participants July 10, 2018. STARBASE, a Department of Defense youth program, aims to motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and encourages the youth to set goals and achieve them. The tour was one of the many activities offered during their week long summer camp at the program’s facility at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Branch)

Dobbins tower takes STARBASE campers to new heights

STARBASE summer youth program participants arrive at the air traffic control tower at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia July 10, 2018 to discuss air traffic issues with tower personnel and discover the many challenges weather can create during aircraft operation. STARBASE, a Department of Defense youth program, aims to motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and encourages the youth to set goals and achieve them. The tour was one of the many activities offered during their week long summer camp at the program’s facility at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Branch)

Dobbins tower takes STARBASE campers to new heights

A STARBASE summer youth program participant views the airfield from the air traffic control tower at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia during a tour July 10, 2018. STARBASE, a Department of Defense youth program, aims to motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and encourages the youth to set goals and achieve them. The tour was one of the many activities offered during their week long summer camp at the program’s facility at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Branch)

Dobbins tower takes STARBASE campers to new heights

Lloyd Johnson, Dobbins Air Reserve Base weather forecaster, gives STARBASE summer youth program participants a tour of the weather station and discusses the many challenges weather can create during aircraft operation July 10, 2018. STARBASE, a Department of Defense youth program, aims to motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and encourages the youth to set goals and achieve them. The tour was one of the many activities offered during their week long summer camp at the program’s facility at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Branch)

Dobbins tower takes STARBASE guests to new heights

Lloyd Johnson, Dobbins Air Reserve Base weather forecaster, gives STARBASE summer youth program participants a tour of the weather station and discusses the many challenges weather can create during aircraft operation July 10, 2018. STARBASE, a Department of Defense youth program, aims to motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and encourages the youth to set goals and achieve them. The tour was one of the many activities offered during their week long summer camp at the program’s facility at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Branch)

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Over 25 participants of the STARBASE summer youth program experienced the air traffic control tower and weather station here July 10, 2018.

The tour was one of the many activities offered during their week long summer camp at the program’s facility at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia. The campers discussed air traffic issues with tower personnel and discovered the many challenges weather can create during aircraft operation.

“Our program encourages students with hands-on activities,” said John McKay, Peach State STARBASE director. “Some of our many activities include drone flying, aircraft and helicopter simulators, and rocket launching.”

A Department of Defense youth program, STARBASE aims to motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and encourages the youth to set goals and achieve them.

The program encourages students to take positive actions in order to make their dreams for the future a reality. Teamwork is constantly stressed as they work together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts.

“We help students learn about both civilian and military opportunities available to them,” said McKay. “In the future, as technology advances, we hope to expand the size of our program even more.”

In addition to their summer camps, STARBASE focuses on fifth grade elementary students during the academic school year. They serve students that are historically under-represented in STEM.

To find out more about the STARBASE youth program, contact Joy Branon at 678-569-3568 or email joy.d.brannon.nfg@mail.mil.