October 19: An ARISS contact took place at the Chief Whitecap Elementary School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Josh Cassada answered 18 of the youths’ questions. A reported 1,000 students in the building saw the event, watching via a video hookup. Following the contact, a faculty member reported: “Some adults in the audience were moved to tears. Josh Cassada gave excellent responses … and he used each student’s name. The whole school was so excited after the contact that each teacher abandoned afternoon lessons to do follow-up space activities and research the things they learned from Josh.” The school partners with the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, embracing and integrating native culture, language and traditions into the curriculum. The school inserted the topic of space through all core subjects for all grades, with a goal of this ARISS contact being to increase students’ interest in the science and technology of space exploration.
October 21: ARISS Director of Engineering Randy Berger gave an ARISS presentation at the annual AMSAT-NA Symposium held in Bloomington, MN. Randy’s talk attracted 30 listeners; he gave an overview and an update of ARISS. During the day, he networked with other attendees, including a high school young lady and her family; she is very active in satellite communications and was interested in ARISS.
October 21: ARISS volunteer Luis Funes in Argentina organized a follow-up conference two weeks after the ARISS contact hosted at Esperanza Base in Antarctica. Teachers, students, the head of the Coronel Morales Base, and ARISS volunteer Marcelo Teruel were asked to evaluate their experiences with the historic first-ever Antarctica ARISS contact. All of them were very positive about the contact and the related learning activities.
Social Media for September
ARISS’s previous September Social Media report listed number of followers on platforms. Here are more details:
- Top Tweet in September (gave details on an ARISS contact) earned 2,045 Impressions
- Top Facebook Posts in September (gave details on ARISS contacts) earned 3,398 Reaches
ARISS Upcoming Events
Nov 4: Harel Educational Campus, Holon, Israel, ARISS-Europe Team
Nov 20: Ural State University, Yekaterinburg Russia, ARISS-Russia Team