- June 15: The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy in Chantilly, VA hosted an ARISS radio contact with Nick Hague for Innovations in Flight Family Day, which saw 16,000 visitors. Over 300 people watched students ask 17 questions and saw Museum Director Ellen Stofan address the students. In conjunction with SCaN, Virginia and Washington DC area ARISS team members coordinated the event set up under Space Shuttle Discovery. Marty Kelsey, the museum’s education outreach director, host of the museum’s show, “STEM at 30,” led students from Sterling Middle School (Sterling, VA) and Westfield High School (Chantilly, VA) in the ARISS action. Two exhibit tables showcasing ARISS, space, ham radio and STEM were visited by many people. One was staffed by ARISS volunteers, the other by Bishop O’Connell High School students interested in engineering and ham radio, with their teacher who is an ARISS team member. PR pieces were posted on NASA SCaN Twitter, ARISS Facebook, and ARISS Twitter.
- May 18: Galileo STEM Academy has an ARISS contact scheduled in September, and recently, ten 4th to 8th graders in the recently established school ham radio club, several teachers, and ham volunteers staged a public demo at Meadow Lake Village in Meridian, ID. They exhibited a satellite tracking antenna system and set up a 10’ by 20’ tent divided in two sections. One section was for students to explain their displayed ARISS-STEM storyboards to visitors. The other section sheltered an operating ham radio station. Visitors listened to satellite radio contacts while students demoed the portable ham radios and explained how to aim hand-held antennas they had constructed. A ham was to lead interaction with visitors, but after a brief time, he turned it over to students; he said this resulted in it “becoming a major attraction for visitors.” He commented, “They were impressed with the students’ knowledge and enthusiasm, and THAT is what STEM is all about! STEM is like a buzz word and what we learned is … it's not a buzz word, they [students] live it!” Two Boise TV crews interviewed students and posted or aired stories. In previous days, one newspaper article ran and a TV story aired. Two teachers will attend ARRL’s Teachers Institute in July.
KIVI-TV’s URL about the demo day is: https://www.kivitv.com/news/galileo-stem-academy-students-getting-ready-for-space
- June 13: Students at Peninsula Grammar, a K-12 school in Melbourne, Australia, enjoyed a successful ARISS contact with Nick Hague. Students asked 15 questions before an audience of 200. The event was live-streamed, having over 1,100 views, and it was carried on the ham radio Echolink system. A group of students felt privileged to have been able to go to Space Camp in Alabama.
- June 19: King Island District High School in Currie, TAS, Australia hosts their ARISS radio contact with David St-Jacques.
- June 20: An exciting day is ahead for students attending Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate, UK as they engage in an ARISS contact with Nick Hague. Live streaming is planned.
- June 28: Youth at the Traverse Area District Library in Traverse City, MI will speak to Nick Hague during an ARISS radio contact.