A ribbon cutting marks the launch of Fort Drum’s STARBASE Academy for Science Training | Fort Drum

FORT DRUM — The Department of Defense STARBASE Academy wrapped up its first full week of classes for local fifth graders with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at Fort Drum Friday afternoon.

STARBASE offers a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, curriculum with 25 hours of instruction per week for fifth grade students. The children arrive at the military post around 9:30 a.m. and stay until 2:30 p.m. Once the week is over, the children graduate and a new group of students arrives to begin the next week.

Officials and school leaders sign a flag at the Fort Drum STARBASE Academy ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon. Jonathan Wheeler/Watertown Daily Times

STEM academy for children launched on Fort Drum

A classroom at Fort Drum’s STARBASE Academy. Jonathan Wheeler/Watertown Daily Times

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