Starbase In Jeopardy Of Being Shut Down (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 1:55 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- A hands-on educational center for kids, at the 122nd Fighter Wing is in jeopardy of being shut down.

A recently proposed amendment to the 2013 defense appropriation Senate bill would leave the nationwide Starbase Program without funding.

The stem facility opened on the Fort Wayne base last year and has been flooded with school signing up to take part. The kids are able to fly fighter jets with flight simulator computers and design modesl that print on a 3-D computer.

"Hopefully we won't lose it. This is a jewel in my estimation of a program the government would like to keep in these challenging times," Col. David Augustine, commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing, told 21Alive. "I think the value America gets from this and the kids in the science and engineering math trait goes beyond what you could even touch."

In order to take effect, this amendment must be approved by the Senate and then the House.

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