- Feb 23: The Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in Syracuse, NY was the scene of an exciting ARISS radio contact. Despite an area flu outbreak, students from inner city Danforth Middle School, Ed Smith Elementary School, and the Boys and Girls Club came for the opportunity to interview Mark Vande Hei who answered 18 questions before an audience of 300. Boys and Girls Club staff had bussed some students in by 8:30 AM! Ed Smith 4th to 6th graders participated in a week-long VEX IQ Robotics event at the MOST. A semester of STEM studies were planned for Danforth youth. News reporters took a big interest in the event with WSTM and two NPR stations (WAER, WRVO) and The Post Standard newspaper providing coverage. The MOST posted a YouTube Video. An early video “teaser” on their Facebook page drew 495 views, and a single photo posted reached 557. Three stories are at:
- Feb 21: Students from Agrupamento de Escolas do Fundão in Fundão, Portugal spoke with Scott Tingle via their ham radio ARISS contact. In preparing for the contact, students participated in ESA’s 2018 European CanSat competition and the European Astro Pi Challenge allowing students to run experiments on the ISS using computer coding. During their contact, 15 questions were answered while an audience of 100 watched. Seven media outlets were present covering the event. The school provided live streaming.
- Feb 2: ARISS supported a booth under the umbrella of CASIS at the Space Exploration Educators Conference at Space Center Houston in Texas. Experienced ARISS team members Kenneth Ransom and Beth Ransom from Johnson Space Center staffed the booth along with two teachers who are members of the recently formed ARISS-US Education Committee. One of the teachers sported a “nebula dress” that pulled in many educators! Telling her own exciting ARISS story and showing her photo scrapbook made teachers realize, “I can do this, too!”
- Feb 21: An eye-catching article featured Joe Acaba in the Los Angeles Unified School District e-publication, LAUSD Daily. The in-depth story told about the ARISS contact at Los Angeles Academy Middle School, Los Angeles, CA, and is at: https://lausddaily.net/2018/02/students-make-long-distance-call-to-the-international-space-station/
- Feb 18: An ARISS contact through the Gagarin from Space project was held at the Galaxy - Children and Youth Center for Space Education in Kaluga, Russia. Alexander Misurkin handled the successful contact.
- Feb 24: The Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education, Southwest State University in Kursk, Russia sponsored an ARISS radio contact for youth with Aleksandr Misurkin.
- Feb 26: When photos are available, a report will be submitted about Scott Tingle and Bellefonte Area Middle School students in Bellefonte, PA.
- Mar 5: Parkside Middle School students in San Bruno, CA will have the support of Scott Tingle for their ARISS contact.