- March 3: Students at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, FL had an ARISS contact with Drew Morgan. The school auditorium held a combination of 853 teachers and high school and middle school students listening to Morgan answer 14 student questions. Student STEAM exhibits were set up for visitors to view. After the contact, students in the audience enjoyed visiting the ham station and the ham technical crew on stage to study how ham radio made the communications possible. The school district livestreamed the events on their Facebook page; both the school and school district had posted many Social Media stories about ARISS before and after the ARISS contact. News outlets covering the event were ABC-TV, Fox TV, Spectrum News TV, CBS, and newspapers Suncoast News and Tampa Bay Times. The neighboring Wendell Krinn Technical High School’s student news crew was invited, and they interviewed River Ridge students. ABC-TV went all out, airing a story during their TV broadcast, posting video on their Facebook page, posting a story at their online news page, and doing a YouTube, with the latter being at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezHohE7GoTk
- January: A cross-country airline flight allowed two ARISS educators to team-teach STEM with students. Manhattan Beach (CA) School District Science Specialist Joanne Michael went to visit Antietam Elementary School teacher Kathy Lamont in Woodbridge, VA. Joanne brought materials to help Kathy’s class put together a high-altitude balloon with a ham radio payload. Joanne led students in looking at different types of balloons and satellite maps, and how ham radio is used to get data and how to collect it. After the launch, students made assumptions based on the data they compiled, such as decreasing speed due to weather. They compared all their data results to “professionals.” Joanne’s California students have launched 6 balloons and among other things, always analyzed the daily data to make predictions about the track and length of the flight, and when the balloons went down, students studied data and maps to figure out possible reasons why, such as if one hit a mountainside.
- March 6: The ARISS team’s new radio system, the InterOperable Radio System launched to the ISS on SpaceX-20. Team members will wait for word on when the system is unloaded from the Dragon capsule. The hardware team has submitted all responses to NASA engineers’ questions and all approvals but one thus far, have been received for setting up the radios.
- March 6: ARISS was discussed in a New York Times article in regard to an upcoming ARISS contact in Green Bank, WV’s quiet zone. (The school got an approval letter from quiet zone authorities for the ARISS contact.) The Times story has a section about ARISS and the STEM studies the Green Bank Elementary-Middle School teachers are leading that included in their ARISS proposal as student preparation for the ARISS contact that will be in late 2020. The URL is:
ARISS Upcoming Events
- March 9 & 17: ARISS-US Education Committee member Dan Pooler will do professional development presentations on ARISS at the annual conference of the New England League of Middle Schools to be held in Providence, RI, and at the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Manchester, NH.
- March 13: Students in the Australian Air League’s “South Australia Wing” in Parafield, South Australia will have an ARISS contact with Drew Morgan.
- March 14-15: ARISS Mentor Gordon Scannell will give a forum on ARISS at the ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention in Perrysburg OH. He will be introduced as a VIP guest at the banquet, also.
- March 19: Turkey Space Camp students in Izmir, Turkey have an ARISS contact scheduled with Drew Morgan.