- Jan 4: An additional ARISS Education Proposal has been selected for an ARISS radio contact; it will be at the Space Port Area Conference for Educators at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in July 2018. Students at the school, Burns Science & Technology Charter School in Oak Hill, FL were thrilled even though this radio contact will be during their summer break. The school gave parent release forms to 4th through 7th graders for being bused to the conference, told the kids that maybe 50 of them could go, and set a 24-hour deadline to receive signed forms. Some kids immediately called parents to come to school to sign slips! At 6:30 AM the next morning, prior to the 8 AM deadline, a little girl was waiting at the door with her signed slip. In 24 hours, 76 kids submitted signed slips! Twelve educators want to go. The whole school is excited.
- Jan 3: A school has been selected to be featured for an ARISS radio contact at the US Science and Engineering Festival on April 6-8, 2018 in Washington DC. The Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA had submitted an ARISS proposal that was selected in mid-December. The teacher there had guided students two years ago in building a satellite that was launched.
- Dec 2: Two days after the ARISS radio contact hosted by Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, RI, another student took his ham license exam. The very proud young man in the photo below is now a licensed amateur radio operator and has the camaraderie of three classmates who had already earned their licenses.
- Jan 18: The Prva srednja informatička škola in Zagreb, Croatia will host an ARISS amateur radio contact for students with Scott Tingle.
- Jan 22: Naka Junior High School students in Kakamigahara City, Japan will have an ARISS contact with Mark Vande Hei.
- Jan 24: Mark Vande Hei will support an ARISS contact for the English School in Nicosia, Cyprus