- Oct 31: Tallmadge Elementary School with Tallmadge Community Learning Center in Lancaster, OH hosted an ARISS radio contact; 707 people (582 were students) viewed the event along with 58 via live stream. Serena Aunon-Chancellor answered 19 questions. The school rented a portable HD planetarium that was set up in the gym for students to learn from after the contact. The Tallmadge area ham club assisted in many STEM activities and school-sponsored space camps to guide students in things such as, electricity and magnetism classes, solar power principles, and Morse code. Educators aren’t done with ARISS activities yet: 4th and 5th graders will visit the high school’s real planetarium and after-school students will construct robots. Media covering the contact were Columbus WSYX-TV, two newspapers and a radio station. An Ohio state representative, an Emergency Management Agency rep and the mayor came, along with the ARISS Mentor (drove from Michigan) and the ARRL Great Lakes Vice Director (drove from Cincinnati). Links to media stories are:
- Nov 2: An ARISS radio contact was hosted by the Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, MA. Educators from the following departments prepared students in related studies: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Technologies, CAD, Electrical, Electronics, HVAC/R, and Programming and Web. Also, students had a hand in determining the radio station and helping advertise the event and document everything for the school’s new ARISS web pages. State Senator Ann Gobi and Representative Todd Smola came; he presented a congratulatory citation. The school live-streamed the contact; reporters came from CBS, ABC, WWLP News 22 and two local access stations. Two stories posted before and after the ARISS contact are at:
- Nov. 3: An article about Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA that has an upcoming ARISS contact, was posted in the online news publication, The Arlington Catholic Herald. The story featured students who traveled to Maryland for the first-ever ARISS Education Summit, to be on a panel where students gave perspectives on ARISS. The writer also described students taking part in a live Q&A videoconference with John Guidi, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA Human Exploration & Operations. Regarding the Q&A videoconference, teacher Melissa Pore said she put out a call to the entire high school and a broad cross section of students, not just engineering students, asked to participate. The news story is at:
- Oct. 27-29: During 2018, NASA has been celebrating its 60 years of achievements. To help feature a number of these, the NASA On The Air event was set up for ham radio operators to contact NASA centers that have participating ham club stations. To add to the festivities, ARISS recently held a special SSTV event transmitting 12 images from the ISS commemorating NASA’s and SCaN’s achievements and ARISS related activities. Over 3,000 images were downlinked and posted at the ARISS SSTV Gallery (http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/) by ham operators, shortwave listeners, and other radio enthusiasts around the world.
- ARISS Social Media - October 2018