Located on the campus of Naugatuck
Valley Community College in Waterbury,

750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Phone (203) 575-8271

STARBASE Connecticut works to further student interest and involvement in STEM activities throughout the state of Connecticut. If you wish to  
collaborate with our offices please contact us and we would be more than happy to work with you to make STEM more accessible to your students  
and staff!
STARBASE Windsor Locks
STARBASE Waterbury
Located in the Army National Guard
Readiness Building at Bradley International

85-152 Light Lane, Unit 300
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Phone (860) 292-4678
Melissa "Raven" Vanek is the Director of
STARBASE Connecticut. Her passion for the
world around her has driven her to share
her love of the world and learning with
young people in hopes to better the world
of the future.

Raven works out of our Hartford office at
Bradley International Airport. Email her at
Felix "Northstar" Cowey is the Deputy Director
of STARBASE Connecticut and works out of our
Waterbury office at Naugtuck Valley
Community College.

Northstar is a veteran science educator who
came to STARBASE looking to get students
excited about science and to help create that
"Oh Cool!" moment.

Ted "Redbird" Garner is  Lead Educator &
STARBASE 2.0 Coordinator at STARBASE
Windsor Locks.

Redbird is a veteran teacher who came to
STARBASE looking for a unique way to
engage students in important topics that can
shape their futures & the future of us all.

Liz "Dory" Pollard is an educator at STARBASE
Windsor Locks.

Liz is an experienced teacher who came to
STARBASE because she saw it as a place to
use her enthusiasm & teaching skills to help
kids create stronger positive connections to
STEM, learning, & their peers.

Diana "Lyra" Toro works at STARBASE Waterbury. She
comes to us from Puerto Rico where she has worked in
education for several years.
When asked about the importance of STEM she said,
"I think that STEM education is the foundation of a
nation, it`s an economical and competitive strategy
that needs to develop policies that can stimulate our
youths interest in careers related to Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."
Email him at
Jon "Hawkeye" Papaioannou is an educator at
STARBASE Waterbury.

The world is shrinking and information is at our
fingerprints, students need to be exposed to
working together in a small group dynamic, quickly
accessing and interpreting information and having
the confidence and courage of their convictions. 
STARBASE is the perfect fit for Hawkeye.

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