Nofs resolution defends STARBASE funding

For Immediate Release 
April 11, 2013
Greg Moore
Bruce G. Medaugh
STARBASE – Battle Creek

 LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Senate Thursday adopted Senate Resolution 31, sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs, urging the president and Congress to maintain funding for the STARBASE youth science and education program.

STARBASE is administered by the Department of Defense and allows schools to partner with local military bases to provide unique science and technology learning opportunities.

The program was developed in Michigan at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base more than 20 years ago. It now operates in 40 states and is currently utilized by approximately 3,500 Michigan students at locations in Battle Creek, Alpena and Harrison Township.

“Early exposure to science and technology is vital for our young people to excel in the global economy,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “By utilizing military technology that would be otherwise unavailable to local schools, students have the opportunity to experience technology that will hopefully peak their interest in pursuing science-based careers.”

Last month Congress considered a continuing budget resolution that would have eliminated funding for the program. The funding was eventually restored but the financial future of the STARBASE program is still very much in doubt within the federal budget.