- October 26-28: A group of ARISS team members took part in the three-day ISS National Lab Education Summit. On Day 1, Space Station Explorers Senior Education Manager Dan Barstow gave a presentation titled “20 Years of STEM Education—the ISS National Lab Report. His talk highlighted several of the Space Station Explorers programs, and one was ARISS. Barstow related a small amount of ARISS’s long history, described how it enhances youth education, and displayed some of ARISS’s metrics on engaging youth. Frank Bauer shared additional comments on ARISS activities and plans such as this past summer’s balloon race using amateur radio payloads and how ARISS transformed its school contacts in ways that safeguarded students from Covid. Rosalie White added that ARISS is not just K-12; colleges and universities often host ARISS contacts with the students mentoring elementary schools. She thanked Barstow for describing ARISS as “having the power to combine ham radio and space exploration into a magical elixir to engage students.” Day 3 sessions focused on upcoming activities allowing students to engage with the ISS. At another session, Barstow introduced the Student Mission Control project, an initiative where students can receive live ISS telemetry data in a mission control setting, and then analyze and interpret the data. Barstow described the ARISS contribution to this initiative, where on-board telemetry data acquired by sensors attached to an ARISS-developed Raspberry Pi computer can be transmitted from the ARISS on-board radio system and directly received on the ground and evaluated by the Mission Control students.
- October 26-27: The first ARISS Radio Kit and a hardcopy of the beta version of the ARISS Radio Kit Handbook were prepared and shipped to a school in Texas. Over the next several months, ARISS will hold periodic sessions with the school’s educators to receive feedback on how to improve the kit and handbook based on their experience using them. Eight more schools will receive the kit and handbook soon. Frank Bauer thanked John Kludt as team leader, Melissa Pore for the lessons and most of the documentation, and Alan Johnston for leading the ARISS Radio Pi development.
- October 30: In preparation for their upcoming ARISS contact, the Oregon Charter Academy (ORCA) will be presenting an event titled ORCA NASA / ARISS RADIOS #2. This is the second in a series of several space education assemblies for students in the K-12 grades. This event features a Space Center Houston interactive presentation live streamed from Houston titled “When Home is 250 miles up! - Life on the International Space Station” where the students will discover how the astronauts eat, exercise and conduct science experiments and perform many other daily tasks while in orbit. Serving as moderator in Oregon will be ORCA Principal Dan Vasen.
- November 12: ARISS educator Kathy Lamont is scheduled to give a talk at the online Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference. Her presentation is titled “How to Talk with an Astronaut 250 Miles Above You.”
- October 23: Due to limitations on volunteer crew support, ARISS school contacts will not be scheduled until after the Crew 1 arrives at the ISS and completes their two-week orientation. Meantime, the ARISS radio is set up in APRS packet mode for ham radio operators to interact with the ISS through ARISS.