- Feb 26: Bellefonte Area Middle School students of the small rural community of Bellefonte, PA enjoyed preparing for their ARISS contact with Scott Tingle. In June 2017, teachers began integrating space into science, math, and art curriculum; students learned about life in space and amateur radio. The shop class helped build the antenna’s mast for the rotator. At “science night,” hams set up a radio station letting students get on the air and ask questions. The principal and staff made two 10-minute podcasts describing the upcoming radio contact and STEM and ARISS-related activities. Students created a funny promo video, and another video focused on class work. Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts hyped the contact.
- A one-hour program on contact day featured multimedia presentations and Penn State scientists doing a Q&A session. Reporters came from WJAC-TV, WTAJ-TV and CNET-TV, Lockhaven Express and Centre County Gazette newspapers and 7 radio stations. One newsperson arrived just before ARISS signal acquisition to do a live broadcast. At the last second he plugged a cable adapter into the audio mixer board causing a technical problem...Tingle couldn’t hear students. The local ham team did very fast troubleshooting and eight students were able to ask questions. Afterwards, the adapter was found to be homemade and wired wrong, causing a short in the audio circuit.
- Over 750 people crowded the auditorium. More than 1900 district school students (1500 connections recorded, some for classes of 25-30 kids) watched the live link as did State Senator Jake Corman and State Representative Kerry Benninghoff. State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a congratulatory video message to students. The staff had solicited questions from schools across the state, so students in other schools closely watched the live-stream. An estimated 1400 community members listened to the live broadcast because Forever media cross-promoted it on radio stations.
- ***Please watch this fantastic 50-second student-made video, posted in the online Charlotte Observer newspaper and Centre Daily Times news story: http://www.centredaily.com/living/article200302344.html
- Mar 7: Students at Parkside Middle School students in San Bruno, CA are getting ready for their ARISS contact with Scott Tingle.