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Middle School Students Attend DoD STARBASE

The sixth grade students from Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School will spend this week (May 12-16) at The Winchester STARBASE Academy. DoD STARBASE is a Department of Defense Youth Program designed to stimulate young students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

At DoD STARBASE, students participate in “hands-on, minds-on” activities that allow them to explore STEM careers and how STEM principles apply in the “real world.” The schedule runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm every day this week, and the curriculum is intense but fun. Students study Newton’s Laws of Motion, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, nanotechnology, engineering design, navigation, and various other STEM principles.

The Winchester STARBASE Academy is located in the 116th Army National Guard Armory in Winchester, VA. For more information about DoD STARBASE, visit

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.