- Sep 6: Students at Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana, CA had a successful ARISS radio contact with Ricky Arnold who answered 25 questions. Over 500 people were in the audience and the Santa Ana school district streamed the action to another 1,000 students in classrooms. Attendees represented Congressman Lou Correa's office and the Satellite Educators Association, ARRL officials came from Orange County and Los Angeles County, and Liam Kennedy of ISS Above was assisting. News stories were in Spanish and English; students are 98% Hispanic. The school’s name honors the Mendez family, who in 1947, won an injunction ordering desegregation of the school district, which lead to the US Court of Appeals’ order to all California schools to desegregate. An ARISS volunteer, who is the AIAA STEM K-12 outreach chair, aided faculty with ARISS-related activities beginning last June. Students designed, built, and tested rockets and took field trips to: California Science Center’s Space Shuttle Exhibit, Santa Ana College Planetarium, Lucerne Dry Lake for a rocket launch, UC-Irvine chemistry and physics labs and the Reach for the Stars National Rocketry Challenge. A school wireless radio club was set up and youth experimented with electronics kits, listened to ham satellite transmissions, learned about digital communications, radio waves, light waves, sound waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, and ham emergency communications. News stories are at:
A good video is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_Liv9IZNcw
- Sep 4: Staff who are supporting an ARISS contact later this year for the Tallmadge Community Learning Center in Lancaster OH, sent photos of student preparations for their radio contact.
- Sep 10: Students at the Colegio Del Sol, in San Miguel de Tucuman, Tucuman, Argentina are scheduled to speak with Serena Aunon-Chancellor during an ARISS contact.
- Sep 12: An ARISS contact will be supported by Ricky Arnold for the Walford Anglican School for Girls in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.