- Oct 24: Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, DE hosted an ARISS contact, partnering with the neighboring Hodgson Vocational High School. Serena Aunon-Chancellor handled 16 questions while 1800 in the audience were listening, including Governor John Carney, US Senator Chris Coons and three state representatives. Hodgson students built one set of antennas for the radio contact at the school’s CNC shop. To tie into students’ space lessons, ILC Dover loaned a spacesuit for a hands-on display. Just a few of the students’ studies included researching difficulties of space travel to Mars starting with cycling of matter and flow of energy, as well as creating models of electromagnetic waves with using lasers to understand the properties and behavior of waves for communicating with the ISS and future space vehicles. A 20’ x 6’ banner was created for the ARISS contact and hung on the school roofline. The event was covered by 2 TV stations, 3 radio stations and several print media. The event was live-streamed (over 3200 view) and is at (begin listening at 16 minutes): http://www.facebook.com/NCCVTSD/videos/591424961273392/
- Oct 20: ARISS team member Armand Budzianowski reported a successful 8th ARISS Conference, which was held at the Technical school Complex in Ostrow Wielkopoliski, Poland. Presentations given by 13 speakers covered ARISS, satellites, student radio telescope projects, and the Primary School #71 in Poznań that had an ARISS contact and had taken part in the Train Like an Astronaut project. The full day of programs was attended by 70 teachers and students from across Poland and included honorary patrons from the Wielkopolska Curator of Education Office and the governing education body, Staroste Ostrowski.
- Oct. 24: An ARISS contact was held for two German schools: Martin Andersen Nexö Gymnasium (working with DLR School Lab) in Dresden and Liborius Gymnasium in Dessau-Roßlau. Alexander Gerst answered 13 questions as an audience of 300 looked on. Media on hand were MDR Fernsehen, RAN1 Regionalfernsehen, Faszination Amateurfunk , DARC-Fernsehen, Radio SAW, Radio MDR 1, Jump Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Tag des Herrn (Benno Verlag) and Bild-Zeitung.
- Oct. 23: Two other German schools worked together on an ARISS contact: Integrierte Gesamtschule in Osterholz-Scharmbeck and Gymnasium Soltau, in Soltau. Students spoke with Alexander Gerst who answered 12 questions for an audience of 400. The media in Osterholz - Scharmbeck consisted of live coverage on Radio Bremen 1, 2 and 4, Radio Energy, Buten & Binnen, Weser-Kurier, Osterholzer Kreisblatt and Freie Presse Ostfriesland. In Soltau, media coverage was from Bohme Zeitung, Heide Kurier, Walsroder Zeitung, a film team and NDR Radio Niedersachsen.
- Oct 25: In a NASA TV clip of a chat session with students, Serena Aunon-Chancellor spoke about ARISS and using ham radio to talk to students. The clip is on Twitter (ISS Research) and has had over 8600 views. It is at https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1055548225833197568
- Oct 24: The ARISS team learned of Raspberry Pi’s MagPi magazine article titled “Taking Education to the Stars with Space Dave,” written by Dave Honess, the ISS & International Education Operations Coordinator at ESA HE Space Operations BV in ESTEC. Dave wrote: “Astro Pi has developed into a mature educational challenge and I think it will go from strength to strength. I’m now turning my attention a little towards amateur radio, which is something that definitely doesn’t have the uptake it needs. Radio remains the only way to communicate with all our spacecraft throughout the solar system, and organisations like ARISS and local ham radio clubs are, in my opinion, becoming more and more necessary to attract new talent. It would be good to see educational material joining computing and radio topics. After all, all spacecraft can be boiled down to two main components: a computer and a radio!”
- Oct 25: Valley High School in Albuquerque, NM had its ARISS contact Oct 18, which was described in last week’s report. The Albuquerque Public School system posted a lengthy article plus photo and video of the contact on its Albuquerque Public Schools web page at: http://www.aps.edu/news/students-chat-live-with-space-station-astronaut
- Oct 31: Educators and students at Tallmadge Community Learning Center in Lancaster, OH are preparing for their contact with Serena Aunon-Chancellor.
- Nov 2: Students at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Palmer, MA, are continuing to generate publicity about, and are ready for, their ARISS contact with Serena Aunon-Chancellor.