- Jul 4-6: Woodridge Middle School in High Ridge, MO, will host an ARISS contact in December 2019. Their ARISS Education Proposal promised outreach they would do to bring attention to the value of STEM and ARISS, and to solicit support for more STEM initiatives they want to incorporate into the curriculum. So 11 teachers and parents set up four large tables and various roll-ups under a big tent at Fair St. Louis. They, along with 3 students, engaged 4,000 adult and youth visitors! Youth made model rockets that were released with compressed air, built basic radio kits, talked on the air during ham radio demos, and saw exhibits on astronomy and projects, such as Tomatosphere, the school adopted once the staff won the ARISS contact. Adults also viewed displays on how ARISS helped the school so far. The school principal said, “This is exactly what students need to see—how science is relevant in their lives.”
- Aug 15: Loreto College, a girls’ school in Adelaide, S. Australia, Australia hosted an ARISS radio contact with Nick Hague. An audience of 250 listened as he gave comprehensive answers to 12 student-prepared questions. In the hours prior to the contact, the audience listened to a girl speak about her research done through the SETI program, watched a video of some of the girls during their time at US Space Camp, and looked at numerous student science projects displayed by the girls including a spacesuit one girl had made. Guests at the ARISS contact were representatives from the defense industry, the Adelaide University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program, and the Premier’s office--premiers head the Australian states’ executive governments. Video was live-streamed of the hams operating the Italian telebridge radio station to facilitate the ARISS contact. Live audio was transmitted to hams around the world over the Echolink and Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) systems. The school Facebook page carried stories.
- Aug 17: A short ARISS radio contact supported by Luca Parmitano was a highlight of the 90th anniversary event and hamfest in Zug, Switzerland, sponsored by the Union of Swiss Shortwave Amateurs, the Swiss national association for ham radio operators. During the contact, Parmitano gave greetings that were received by 200 adults and youth. The audience included a representative from the Swiss Parliament and the government of the state of Zug, and the mayor of Zug. The event was covered by TV System Tele 1, radio SRF Regional, and a newspaper. Ham radio groups relayed the audio around the country.
- Aug 22: Youth at The Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health) in Bethesda, MD are looking forward to their ARISS contact with Drew Morgan.