- Apr 17: Salado Intermediate School in Salado, TX hosted an ARISS radio contact with Scott Tingle who answered 20 student questions before an audience of 550 students and 50 adults. While waiting for the ARISS pass, students got a multi-media presentation from a NASA Education Specialist, a NASA aerospace engineer, and a retired shuttle program engineer. The ARISS Mentor noted the students’ special t-shirts; he reported that teachers were close to tears of joy upon hearing Tingle. Students had done STEM activities for a year such as studying satellite imagery, a Star Party where 100 students and parents enjoyed learning the night sky and honors students visiting Space Center Houston. Live video was streamed on KXXV-TV’s Facebook page. The Temple Daily Telegram and TV stations KCEN and KWTX also provided stories. A link to the latter’s story is: http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Salado-Students-to-talk-astronaut-on-International-Space-Station-480013343.html
- Apr 18: Students at the Central Islip Union Free School District in Central Islip, NY took part in an ARISS contact with Ricky Arnold. He answered 20 questions. Listening were 800 students in a packed auditorium and 330 other viewers watching a live video-stream connection. A great 2-minute video clip for the evening news was made by News 12 of Long Island, NY, a big cable news station; the link is: https://youtu.be/bi3aXqQl7ms
- Apr 19: Students at King’s High School in Warwick, UK were delighted to interview Ricky Arnold during an ARISS radio contact. Students were predominantly girls, age 11 to 18. Arnold answered 18 questions as an excited audience of 500 looked on. Also, students involved in major school testing were allowed a break to watch the contact being live-streamed to their classrooms. The link-up came about because a 16-year-old girl (Eleanor) submitted an ARISS application for her school. When it was accepted, she was inspired to set up the Warwick Mars Project for students across the Warwick Independent Schools to further their interest in space science. Just prior to the ARISS contact, she earned her ham radio license. The event was well-covered by a regional BBC TV station, a radio station and The Courier newspaper that posted live-streaming—the link is (start at the 3-minute point where Eleanor initiates the contact):https://www.warwickcourier.co.uk/news/watch-warwick-schoolgirls-quiz-nasa-astronaut-live-from-international-space-station-1-8467957
- The ARISS-US team is planning the next ARISS-International in-person meeting. It will be in the College Park Airport and Museum in College Park, MD the week of October 15. In addition to a three-day ARISS-International meeting of delegates and team members to discuss operations, education, outreach, funding and other topics, activities will include a US-sponsored education summit, a hardware team meeting and a tour of Goddard Space Flight Center.
- Apr 25: ARISS-Russia is planning to test the Slow Scan TV system with hams in Kursk, Russia. The test will be supported by Alexander Skvortsov.
- Apr 26: Three Polish schools, Zespół Szkoły Podstawowej i Publicznego Gimnazjum w Buczku in Buczek; I Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Tadeusza Kościuszki w Łasku in Łask; and Zespół Szkół Ponadgimnazjalnych w Zelowie in Zelów have an ARISS radio contact planned with Scott Tingle.
- May 3: An ARISS radio contact is scheduled with Scott Tingle and students at Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta, GA.
- May 3: Students for the Exploration & Development of Space at Texas A&M in College Station, TX and lower grade students at Allen Academy in Bryan, TX have interview Scott Tingle during an ARISS radio contact.