STARBASE Oklahoma 2.0, Union 6th and 7th Grade Center, Tulsa
Mentee(s): Union Club

Garrett Ewell is a quality engineer with The Nordam Group. He has been a mentor with STARBASE 2.0 since 2012.

“Garrett has a way of making middle school students feel comfortable in their own skin,” said David Stacey, deputy director of STARBASE OK. “He never fails in making each and every student feel needed and special. Garrett has worked to emphasize to our students that it is okay as a scientist or engineer to fail and keep working at something multiple times before you succeed, a great life lesson.”

Ewell is always eager and enthusiastic when starting new STEM projects with club members. He loves working with kids on how to break down problems and use precise steps to work through them.

“Garrett is the guy that goes above and beyond and makes sure everyone is always taken care of before and after each club meeting,” shared Stacey. Ewell shares, “Mentoring requires you to adapt to what each individual person’s needs are in order to help them succeed. Having the ability to help impact a student’s life in a positive way, it feels really good when you are able to win at that!”

About this Program: STARBASE 2.0 combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities with a relationship-rich, school-based environment serving at-risk youth in fifth through eighth grades. The program uses a team mentoring approach, pairing teams of three to four students with one adult mentor for four hours each month.