March-May: Girls and boys in the Airdrie Space Science Club enjoyed many hands-on STEM lessons in the months before lockdown in Airdrie, AB, Canada. Students are now excited about STEM again because they have a scheduled ARISS contact with Chris Cassidy. They will be at their homes and the contact will be the second test of ARISS’s new distance-learning style Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio using a brand new ARISS telebridge ground station. The main focus of the club is to build and launch rockets and balloons, most with ham radio payloads. One of the club’s founders wrote, “Our club is always looking at the history of rocketry and space travel. ARISS gives kids a chance to learn about space history as it happens over their heads.” The other club’s founder said, “I have an amateur radio station in my classroom. I look forward to the day when the club members can come back and enjoy working on their radio skills and develop their own interests in communications.”
February 24: ARISS learned recently that a presentation was given by ARISS volunteer Will Marchant to students and faculty at the Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, VA. His visit was shortly before the school shutdown; the school enrolls students in 4th to 12th grade. Will explained ARISS and then helped them listen to the ARISS contact for Kittredge Magnet School in Atlanta, GA. The Virginia students were very interested and teachers learned about ARISS-related STEM activities. One teacher asked where to find information on submitting a proposal for an ARISS contact in the future.
May 1: Rosalie White gave a talk on ARISS at a Zoom-based Bloomington (IN) Amateur Radio Club meeting. She described how and why the new Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio was developed. Club members heard about the successful first test of the new style ARISS contact with students in their homes in Virginia on April 30. The club continues to be very supportive of ARISS.