JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. -- A new science and math-based education program at JBLM could be history soon.

The Starbase program gives students, mostly from low-income schools, five days of lessons they re not currently getting at their schools.

The curriculum consists of science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.

A lot of the public schools can t afford the resources and we provide those, said Starbase Director Lisa Dowling.

The program, funded by the Department of Defense and run by the Washington Air National Guard, is slated for elimination under President Obama s 2014 budget.

Since last August, approximately 600 students, mostly from low-income schools in Western Washington, have attended the weeklong courses.

Students work on computers, learn about chemistry and physics and basic budgeting is part of the math curriculum.

Everybody needs a little bit of something extra in this curriculum, said Starbase teacher Kristin Tarabochia.

Not all of the students are from low-income schools. Selena Fowler is a fifth grader at Lacey s Cornerstone Christian. She and her classmates were working on designing a space shuttle Monday.

Selena said it wouldn t be fair if other kids missed out on the Starbase experience.

I ve learned a lot in the past few hours, said Selena. It d be sad.

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