- May 17: Aranzadi Ikastola in Bergara, Spain hosted an ARISS contact with Nick Hague. He answered 18 questions from the students. The 380 people attending watched from the main room and a linked hall. Covering the event were 3 TV stations and 5 print news services. Earlier PSC weekly reports described several of the hands-on STEM activities involving students.
- May 20: Youth at the Curtin Primary School in Canberra, Australia spoke with Nick Hague during their ARISS contact. He answered 14 of the students’ questions. The school auditorium was packed with 400 people. The Canberra ABC radio station covered the contact and held a special re-broadcast the next day across its regional networks. Their outstanding 19-minute segment begins with youth excitedly telling what is about to happen and ends with a thrilled teacher; the link is: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/mornings/iss-ariss-curtin-primary/11133128
- May 16-19: The ARISS team had a major presence at the largest amateur radio convention in the US (32,000 attendees), Hamvention in Xenia, OH. A booth was set up with banners, posters, a roll-up, and hardware for convention-goers to handle. Team members were Dave Taylor, Frank Bauer, Rosalie White, John Kludt, Ruth Willet, Lou McFadin, Ed Krome, Chet Latawiec and Dan White. They were involved in TV interviews, talks with ham radio industry (potential donors), and special photo shoots. ARISS donated a prize (a wooden display box with 2 ARISS Challenge Coins) to Hamvention that was featured along with a short message on ARISS, first thing at the convention’s highly-attended drawing for big prizes. Months ago, the team worked hard to win a coveted forum time; the ARISS Forum’s estimated audience count was 120. The forum featured ARISS teachers and students, a flight surgeon, a video greeting from Serena Aunon-Chancellor, the hardware team, video clips including Tim Peake describing the ARISS station, and a summary of ARISS activities that all ages can do. Frank Bauer and Rosalie White met with the new CEO of ARRL, an ARISS sponsor; Rosalie met with numerous ARRL Board Members. The ARISS Team carried out a fundraising effort, running a raffle, distributing updates on Twitter and Facebook and a news release about fund-raising efforts, which was picked up by online ham news services.
- May 17: The cover of the current issue of Make magazine features a story on educational projects in space. The lead article highlights ISS National Lab programs including ARISS and features a photo of an ARISS contact at the 2018 S.P.A.C.E. conference in Titusville, FL.
- May 26: Youth in the Republic of Bashkortostan in Ufa, Russia, will speak with Oleg Kononenko during an ARISS contact.
- May 27: Mildred Hall School in Yellowknife, NT, Canada will have their second attempt at an ARISS contact with David St-Jacques.
- May 27: An ARISS contact with young people at the Walter Murray Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon, SK, Canada is planned with David St-Jacques.
- May 27: Students at Pacific Coast Schools in Los Suenos, Costa Rica are scheduled for an ARISS contact with David St-Jacques.