- February 20: Two ARISS volunteers brought STEM and ARISS to Red Hill Lutheran School in Tustin, CA. Taking part were 210 K-8 students and 32 staff. Drew Morgan was supporting an Ohio ARISS contact; Red Hill students were treated to watching the Ohio livestream and responded enthusiastically. They were divided into groups to get a brief intro to ham radio and ARISS before experimenting with the ISS Above Raspberry Pi. Next, youth got on the air to make ham radio contacts, posing questions to area ham operators. Students watched a video of Anne McClain on the ISS talking about her feelings of unity with people on Earth. The youth sent a Twitter message thanking her for the things she had said. To their joy, Anne soon posted a reply! A teacher said, “This was awesome! I've always loved NASA and am fascinated by it. The kids really enjoyed themselves and I couldn't help but ask my own questions of our guests. I want to spark [student] interest because who knows, I could be teaching a future astronaut!”
- February 25: ARISS-Russia supported an ARISS contact for 25 Zorinsky Secondary School students and 5 adults in the Kursk region of Russia. They learned many space facts while talking with Oleg Skripochka. They regularly take part in the About Gagarin from Space program.
- February 7: Undergrads from Southwest State University in Kursk, Russia traveled to a youth conference held at the Equator Technological University in Quito, Ecuador. ARISS-Russia sponsored an ARISS contact for them with Oleg Skripochka; 50 people attended. The undergrads from Russia participate in the About Gagarin from Space program.
- March 9: River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, FL held its ARISS contact last week. The impact of the students’ studies tied to this event and realizing the value of ham radio as a teaching tool have inspired a second faculty member to earn a ham license. Next year’s plan is to grab the interest of all aerospace students by helping them earn their licenses. The school will hold Ham Fridays for youth to study aerospace and electronics and enjoy using the school’s ham station. The first licensed teacher said, "The ARISS contact was not the end of this project, but the beginning of so much more. We really did spark interest.” A second result of the ARISS contact is that nearby Millennium Academy is interested in ARISS and setting up a ham station.
- March 9: ARISS-US Education Committee member Dan Pooler gave a professional development presentation on ARISS and STEM-related activities to teachers at the annual conference of the New England League of Middle Schools held in Providence, RI.
- March 3: ARISS-US Education Committee member Tommy Henderson gave a presentation under the auspices of IEEE Region 5 at the Tulsa Community College (TCC) in Tulsa, OK for 35 undergrads and 10 adults. His topic was amateur radio astronomy and ARISS. The audience saw two YouTube videos—one of his Tulsa students during their ARISS contact in 2015 and one of students setting up a portable ham station. He focused on different designs of antennas for radio astronomy and ARISS contacts. He is TCC’s Associate Professor of Electronics.
- March 6: The Tulsa Engineering Challenge was hosted at Tulsa Technical Institute in Jenks, OK. ARISS-US Education Committee member Tommy Henderson showcased the Tulsa Community College Amateur Radio Club’s ham equipment and ARISS activities. The challenge focused on students in grades 4-12 and 1,100 youth came from 40 schools. In addition to examining hands-on display items, they took part in many competitions, i.e., making a ping-pong ball launcher from a mousetrap, and watched stage shows such as one on chemistry and physics sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.
- March 13: Students in the Australian Air League’s “South Australia Wing” in Parafield, South Australia had an ARISS contact with Drew Morgan; details will be available soon.
- March 12: ARISS leaders developed a COVID-19 policy regarding upcoming ARISS contacts at schools. The ARISS Team wishes to protect students, educators, the general public, and ARISS volunteers as much as possible.
ARISS Social Media
Facebook in February 2020
At the end of February 2020, ARISS Twitter followers totaled 12,218, a gain of 104 over January.
As of February 29, 2020, total Instagram Followers have increased from 119 to 139.
ARISS Upcoming Events
- March 17: ARISS-US Education Committee member Dan Pooler will give a professional development presentation on ARISS at the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Manchester, NH.
- March 19: Turkey Space Camp students in Izmir, Turkey have an ARISS contact scheduled with Drew Morgan.