During the month of May, BFA Fairfax 5th graders traveled to the Vermont Air National Guard base to participate in a science program known as STARBASE. During their 4 days at STARBASE students participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities that incorporated science and engineering practices. Students conducted several experiments and investigations that required them to create hypotheses, collect data, analyze their data, draw conclusions, and revise their thinking. All challenges required students to work effectively in teams and even some activities  requiring the use of only one hand! Their perseverance and strategies to work efficiently and effectively as a team to complete a challenge was certainly admirable. During the program, the students also constructed rockets in which they blasted off on a memorable Launch Day that was shared with the students’ family and BFA Fairfax school community. This experience was dynamically engaging for all students and one they surely won’t forget! 

“This certainly was a highlight of their 5th grade year! We are all so proud of their maturity during this program and their willingness to take risks, get out of their comfort zone, and try new things

~Heather Brown Grade 5 Teacher

Thank you so much to our 5th graders, the 5th grade team and the STARBASE Staff for an amazing experience!


Justin Brown is the Principal at BFA Fairfax Middle School. He is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY. You can follow him on Twitter @jbrownenator

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