- July 12: The first annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators was held at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ARISS team supported an ARISS contact there, and it was for students from the Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill, Florida. The school took several busloads of students to be highlighted at the event. Ricky Arnold answered 21 questions and one from a teacher. About 130 visitors were present; approximately 100 were students. The ARISS team staffed a booth under the CASIS umbrella and talked to many educators. An ARISS team member had submitted a topic for a presentation, which was accepted by the conference. The presentation was on ARISS and other amateur radio activities used in his classroom to enhance his teaching of STEM, such as the students’ high-altitude balloon launch with a ham radio payload.
- July 4: The Tallmadge Learning Center in Tallmadge, OH has an ARISS radio contact scheduled later this year. Part of their preparations for the radio contact included entering a float in the city’s Independence Day parade. The learning center offers an after school STEM program, and the ham radio club is supporting their ARISS contact. Building this float and being in the parade was one of the first projects they worked on together.
- The Essex Heights Primary School in Monash (a suburb of Melbourne), Australia is scheduled for an ARISS radio contact. One of their ARISS preparations was to create and publicize a very short video of students who are highly excited about talking with an orbiting astronaut. Their very compelling video is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mTkhGGYlxo&feature=youtu.be
- July 17: Students at Essex Heights Primary School in Monash, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, are scheduled for an ARISS contact with Serena Aunon-Chancellor.
- July 20: The 7th International Aerospace School in Ufa (Russia), in the Republic of Bashkortostan is looking forward to hosting an ARISS contact with Oleg Artemyev.