- March 27: ARISS Italian team member Gianpietro Ferrario has been collaborating with the Deep Space Amateur Astronomers Group and the Planetarium of Lecco, in Lecco, Italy. A YouTube virtual learning tour of the ISS was created and Gianpietro gave a talk that was livestreamed covering the functionality of ISS modules, service craft (i.e. the Soyuz and Dragon), and the ARISS radios. His talk expounded the aspects of ARISS operations and ARISS future planning for Gateway. Livestream stats showed 419 views and the chat room had comments from adults who were watching with their children. One teacher who does e-school helped 100 of her school’s students watch the program the next day.
- April 2: Frank Bauer and Rosalie White took part in a telecon with SCaN leaders to discuss possibly collaborating with NASA TV during the stay-home era. ARISS readily agreed to the idea and quickly provided some pre-recorded programming about ARISS schools and the ARISS program. SCaN will review the programming. If it is suitable, SCaN will offer the options to NASA TV to consider broadcasting as at-home learning opportunities for teachers and parents to use with youth.
- April 2: The ARISS-US team continues to progress with plans to test and finalize the first of its several initiatives to transform how ARISS interacts with students and education institutions during the COVID era. Per the mitigation ideal, ARISS team members will interact with infinite social distancing and engage virtually with each student and staff member in their own homes (even quarantined). More details will be shared soon.
- March 31: An ARISS radio contact planned for students of Amur State University in Blagoveshchensk, Russia was cancelled.
- April: The newest issue of the monthly journal, The Spectrum Monitor, contained a three-page article about STEM and STEAM by an ARISS enthusiast and supporter. The writer pulled in a great deal of examples of hands-on student activities ARISS teachers have led, and he quoted Rosalie White on how teachers find sound ways to include the arts in their STEM projects.
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