- August 18: Kathy Lamont, ARISS-US Education Committee Chair, reported that she networked on behalf of ARISS with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Program Manager of Aerospace Education. CAP education leaders already knew about ARISS after visiting the ARISS exhibit at the Space Education Explorers Conference in Houston. They’ve now added ARISS to their online posting of educational resources for CAP Aerospace Education Members. They wrote, “[We] really like what the ARISS organization does! Anything you want us to post, we will.” CAP’s educational resources list is at: https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/aerospace-education/for-educators/aehome (ARISS posting is halfway down the page). The ARISS web site URL is listed under the title “Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Educational Content” and ARISS’s YouTube URL of videos is listed under the title, “Educational Videos.”
- August 13: Oregon Charter Academy (ORCA), an all-virtual public school in Portland, OR has been educating students with a focus on STEM for 15 years. The academy’s ARISS contact is scheduled for December. The online Monthly Portland, a magazine highlighting Portland’s culture and events, posted an article titled “Students Reach for the Stars.” It covered ORCA’s curriculum tied to ARISS and students’ field trips to area university labs and science museums. The story described science experiments done by students at home while watching ORCA’s broadcasts. Principal Dan Vasen was quoted talking about a partnership he set up with JPL Mobile Museum’s RADIOS (Remote and Distant Interactive Online Sessions) to engage ORCA’s 350 K-12 students in monthly virtual STEM enrichment, which includes content from Space Center Houston that JPL distributes. ORCA will share these programs with several other schools and government officials via Zoom and ORCA’s Facebook page. Vasen said, “Students who participate in this free program get curriculum integrations focused on STEM and NASA education all year.” The story’s author wrote: “Through innovative partnerships with NASA, students can also communicate with the stars—or at least those living among the stars at the International Space Station. Interest in space has never been higher, and ORCA is fueling their dreams of science careers.” The article is at: https://www.pdxmonthly.com/sponsored/2020/08/students-reach-for-the-stars
- June 24: ARISS-US Education Committee team member Melissa Pore, a teacher at Arlington, VA’s Bishop O’Connell High School, has been scheduling online STEM aerospace speakers for her students who enjoy space and ARISS-related studies. The summer activities maintain the youths’ enthusiasm. The first two speakers attracted 20, and then 30 students and 2 educators. The first speaker, Caitlyn Singam, a systems engineer and bioengineer, inspired students about NASA’s Dragonfly Mission to Titan. The second speaker, Karen Rucker, a Ball Aerospace electrical engineer, focused the students on space communications such as ARISS and SCaN, 3-D printed antennas, and analog space missions leading to future missions to Mars. A side note—Ms. Singam and Ms. Rucker are both amateur radio operators.
- August 19: Students from virtual summer camps sponsored by Kopernik Observatory & Science Center in Vestal, NY had a successful ARISS contact with Chris Cassidy. Many more details will be available for next week’s report.
- August 24: The Queensland Government Department of Education in Brisbane, Australia sponsored an ARISS contact for students as a part of the online i-Educate conference for educators. The conference is considered Queensland’s premier professional development technological conference. ARISS team members will have pulled together the outcomes by next week.
ARISS Upcoming Events
- September 2: Students at KMO Kolska Wysp in Koło, Poland will have an ARISS radio contact with Chris Cassidy.