This is the best day of my life!
— Johnnie Carr Middle School sixth grader, Austin.

STARBASE Maxwell is once again bringing life-changing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) instruction to local students—this time in an afterschool environment. On January 9, 2017, STARBASE teachers launched STARBASE 2.0 at Johnnie Carr Middle School. This new, innovative after-school mentoring program combines mentorship, teambuilding, and STEM to provide sixth grade students new insight and opportunities in the STEM field.

The program is presented on a rotating basis with four-week increments. The first week in each cycle, students collaborate on teambuilding activities to create positive connections. The second week follows with a mentoring component that allows students to see just where science can take them in their futures. The last two weeks of the rotation are all about hands-on STEM lessons, allowing students to get more exposure to concepts they may not have had before.

Students are so excited for this new opportunity. STARBASE teachers were met with enthusiasm and testimonials from students who enjoyed the team-building activity for week one: making flubber. Austin, a sixth-grader at Johnnie Carr Middle, proclaimed that his first day of the program was the best day of his life.

STARBASE Director, Princess Cuthrell, says that this program is all about teaching teamwork in relation to STEM, possibly changing perceptions students have about science. “Just like you learn on a baseball or basketball team, teamwork is important. It works the same way with STEM innovations as well,” Cuthrell said.

This program was officially launched this semester at Johnnie Carr Middle School and will continue after school for the remainder of the year. Hopes are that this program can extend to even more sixth graders in our public schools.

STARBASE continues to meet students where they are to ensure that they can reach all of their goals. We know that with high-quality STEM instruction, Our Kids Can. For more information and pictures, visit STARBASE Maxwell’s Facebook page. If you have any questions about the program, contact Princess Cuthrell at

Montgomery Ed