Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US Schools/Groups Move Into Phase 2 of ARISS Selections
February 5, 2019— The ARISS-US Team (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is pleased to announce schools or organizations submitting proposals have been selected to advance to the next stage of planning to host amateur radio contacts from July to December 2019. The contacts will be with International Space Station (ISS) crew members using the ARISS equipment on the ISS. A review team of teachers from the ARISS-US Education Committee selected proposals after the recent proposal window closed. The groups will go forward to Phase 2, developing an amateur radio equipment plan to host a scheduled ARISS contact.
ARISS’s primary goal is to engage people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, and involve them in pursuits related to space exploration, amateur radio, communications, and associated areas of study and career options. After a recent ARISS contact, Joanne Michael, KM6BWB, at Meadows Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, CA, stated, “ARISS is such an incredible opportunity for students to gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience and real-world skills that they can use the rest of their lives. What a wonderful program!”
ARISS anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations. The candidates must now complete an equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once their equipment plan is approved by the ARISS technical team, the final selected schools / organizations will be scheduled as their availability and flexibility match up with the scheduling opportunities.
The schools and organizations are:
24th World Scout Jamboree West Virginia
Council Rock High School South Holland, PA
Galileo STEM Academy Eagle, ID
Golden Oak Montessori Castro Valley, CA
Lakeside Elementary School West Point, UT
Loudoun County Space Dreamers Ashburn, VA
Pearsall High School Air Force Jr. ROTC Pearsall, TX
Santa Barbara Public Library Santa Barbara, CA
Sonoma County Library Rohnert Park, CA
Traverse Area District Library Traverse City, MI
University of Colorado Amateur Radio Club Boulder, CO
Woodridge Middle School High Ridge, MO
Young Scientists Program at USC Los Angeles, CA
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.