- Mar 15: A unique three-school ARISS contact was carried out in Sando, Sweden with Scott Tingle and students from Minerva School Ånge, NTI Gymnasium Sundsvall, and Räddningsgymnasiet Sandö. Minerva School Ånge students study arts and sciences and global culture, NTI Gymnasium Sundsvall students specialize in digital communications and techniques, and Räddningsgymnasiet focuses on civil service careers. During the contact, Tingle answered 18 student questions with an audience of 250 listening. National SVT (Sveriges TV) and national radio station SR (Sveriges Radio) taped the event and aired youth interviews. The students organized, directed and controlled the livestream using multiple cameras, soundboards, mixers and other high tech gear.
- Mar 19: Templestowe Valley Primary School in Templestowe, Victoria, Australia, hosted an ARISS contact with Scott Tingle; he answered 20 student questions. The school focused the year on space discovery and a teacher researched ARISS after a 9-year-old boy with his ham radio license talked about it. An audience of 350 including the media were on hand, and the contact audio was livestreamed via Echolink. Attending were current and former students and educators, parents, friends, other schools’ students in an inter-school STEM group, and member of parliament Matthew Guy. When the latter was asked to, he showed his newly installed ISS tracking app on his phone.
- Mar 5: An article in the Trussville Tribune newspaper of Trussville, AL described an upcoming (April) ARISS radio contact at Pinson Valley High School. A teacher quote was: “We’re encouraging our faculty to create lessons that connect to the experience. For example, one of our CTE (Career/Technical Education) classes built a model of the ISS. An English class read Rocket Boys. A science class is studying rocketry and will have a competition to build a balloon rocket. The winning rocket will be the one that carries the most paper clips. Science clubs from feeder schools will be invited to the ARISS contact.” The article is at: http://www.trussvilletribune.com/2018/03/05/pinson-valley-high-school-to-contact-iss-astronauts-through-ariss-program/
- Mar 15: The ARISS-US Team opened a new window of opportunity for accepting education proposals for ARISS radio contacts to take place in January through June 2019. News releases were composed and sent to NASA and to amateur radio news venues. ARISS proposal materials were updated and posted to ariss.org, the dates for ARISS Proposal Webinars were set, and the mechanism for webinar registration was established.
- Mar 27: Freeport Public Schools in Freeport, NY, will host an ARISS contact with Scott Tingle.