- Apr 24: Students at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake, MN, had a successful ARISS contact with David St-Jacques. The faculty and 1,000 students were in the audience watching. The Prior Lake American newspaper story is at: https://www.swnewsmedia.com/prior_lake_american/news/education/welcome-to-the-iss-hidden-oaks-students-contact-space-station/article_7851e854-6f92-5592-b1e5-04c5e3cbae06.html Each year 8th graders take part in a high-altitude balloon launch and use ham radio to track the balloon during flight and for recovery. The 7th grade technology students learn about space education as they construct rockets. Students in all grade levels are involved in annual E-STEM Day with 8th graders focusing on STEM career exploration.
- Apr 29: Two Spanish schools shared an experience of a lifetime at the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca in Costitx, Spain. This observatory hosted an ARISS contact for the following two schools in Palma de Mallorca: Colegio San José Obrero and Colegio Luis Vives. Nick Hague handled things from the ISS answering 15 student questions. A crowd of 236 were in the auditorium and live-streaming was viewed by 1,800 students in classrooms at the two schools. On hand was a media entourage of two radio and two TV stations and three newspapers covering the event. The observatory sponsors many STEM activities for students. Some publicity posted prior to the contact is at: https://sites.google.com/santjosepobrer.es/contacto-con-la-iss/inici
- Apr 24: Upper St. Clair High School Education Coordinator Patricia Palazzolo in Upper St. Clair, PA was one of three recipients who received recently, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Educator Achievement Award. This award recognizes K–12 educators for their outstanding work promoting STEM subjects among America’s youth. Patricia’s students have been involved in ham radio contacts with astronauts on both the Space Shuttle and the ISS. She and her students presented a paper on her STEM programs at the 2004 AMSAT Symposium in Washington DC. The article about her award is at: https://www.aiaa.org/home/news/news/2019/04/18/three-k-12-educators-win-aiaa-foundation-educator-achievement-awards Her school’s website write-up is at: https://www.uscsd.k12.pa.us/Page/1105 Her AMSAT Symposium paper is posted at: https://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/Presentations/AMSAT%20Symposiums/2007%20Symposium/Launching%20Dreams.pdf
- Apr 15: Huntington High School, Huntington, TX sponsored an ARISS contact with David St-Jacques. Immediately after, faculty and students began preparing for a trip to Louisville, KY, leaving two days later to compete in the World Vex Robotics competition. Their ARISS information will be in next week’s report.
- Apr 23: The Dům dětí a Mládeže (House of Children and Youth) Olomouc in Olomouc, in the Czech Republic, was scheduled for an ARISS contact with Nick Hague. Radio contact was not established and the team is attempting to determine the problem.
- May 3: Students at Mildred Hall School in Yellowknife, NT, Canada will hold their ARISS contact with David St-Jacques.
- May 6: Walter Murray Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon, SK, Canada will host an ARISS contact with David St-Jacques.
- May 7: Moriah Central School students in Port Henry, NY, will talk to Nick Hague for their ARISS contact.