- Mar 24: In preparation for their ARISS radio event, Mooreland Heights Elementary in Knoxville, TN has sponsored activities to engage students in STEM. A technology teacher led 1st and 2nd graders in engineering design challenges. Fifth graders completed a unit on the ISS and planted seeds from the Space Station Explorers’ Tomatosphere Program. Staff from The Muse, a museum dedicated to creating interest in STEM, came to the school to help put on a science night for students and their families. Students took a field trip to The Muse, also. At Mooreland Heights’s science night, 4th graders displayed their projects including robotics tasks (first photo of kids on the floor), ISS Podcasts (second photo), and the class’s project about Mars’s drainage density.
- Apr 10: Students at Pinson Valley High School (PVHS) in Pinson, AL interviewed Ricky Arnold during an ARISS contact. Details will be available for next week’s report.
- Apr 9: A telecon meeting was held for ARISS mentors to preview a six-minute video to be used to better convey the basics of amateur radio to students, the general public, and the media at ARISS contacts. The video explains the different facets of radio communication and how amateur radio is used by the ARISS team and students to contact the ISS crew. Other meeting topics included metrics gathering and receipt of school equipment plans.
- Apr 10: Oleg Artemyev will support an ARISS radio contact with students in Vologda, Russia who are part of the Gagarin from Space program.
- Apr 11-14: ARISS Russia will downlink new Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images from the ISS to celebrate Cosmonautics Day. School radio clubs and ham radio operators will receive and post images to the ARISS SSTV web page at: http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/ .
- Apr 17: Salado Intermediate School in Salado, TX will host an ARISS radio contact for students and Scott Tingle. A member of the ARISS-US