October 11: An ARISS contact was hosted in Spruce Pine, NC. The lead educator teaches STEM classes at both Harris Middle School and Bowman Middle School and some of both schools’ students talked to Bob Hines who answered 14 questions. A colleague declared, “[This ARISS contact is] …all because one teacher decided to dream big.” 25 adults watched the students and the radio contact was livestreamed on Facebook to all classrooms (about 250 students at each school). As the radio contact ended, the principal choked up. The event captured attention of VIPs who attended: State Senator Ralph Hise; Mitchell County Commissioners; Spruce Pine town council members; the school superintendent; the ARRL North Carolina Section Manager (who presented an award to the teacher for his STEM work); and the ARRL Roanoke Division Director for the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia. An eighth grader who had researched astronauts’ recent work said, "The research they're doing up there is changing lives down here every day." Reporters posted stories including WLOS-TV that will also broadcast the event for its “Never Stop Learning” series, a radio station that streamed the radio contact audio, and the online newspaper Our Local Community--see:
The owner of an area company, which manufactures NASA mission patches and saw the social media posts, decided to present a package of older mission patches to students. To prepare for the ARISS contact, the teacher engaged students in space science lessons and ham radio activities, including satellite radio communications, building radio antennas, and setting up an amateur radio station that operated on non-commercial power.
October 12: Students at Davis Aerospace Technical High School in Detroit, MI received the date for their upcoming ARISS contact and they are excited. Last spring they began researching the ISS, space, and communications, and an amateur radio class was set up with 12 youth, coordinated by the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club. Students assisted in setting up an antenna and radios to listen to other schools’ ARISS contacts and learned about satellite radio contacts. In June, a few students graduated and 10 students are now in the class; the American Radio Relay League provided study guides. Students have many mentors on space subjects and communications, but two include a math teacher and supervisor of the robotics team--Janine Scott, who is on the national K-12 Education Committee for the Society of Automotive Engineers; and Lawrence Millben, (Ret.) US Air Force Lt. Colonel, former Selfridge Air National Guard Base Commander (first African-American base commander).
October 7: The International School of Brussels in Belgium held a homecoming event with a variety of activities. ARISS volunteer Stefan Dombrowski brought his portable hand-held ham radio and antenna and ARISS handouts. He invited a group of people to listen to the ARISS radio contact taking place right then with students in the Esperanza Base School in Antarctica. Stefan positioned his radio and antenna for 41 people (educators, parents, school staff, and middle- and high-school students) at the homecoming to hear the radio contact live. He gave them handouts of the questions so they could easily follow along with the Esperanza Base students who were speaking.
October 2: Columbia Amateur Radio Association in Columbia, MD, held its annual fall CARA Fest STEM Event (a gathering of people interested in amateur radio, technology, and amateur radio education) with exhibits, demonstrations, and talks about amateur radio and STEM. ARISS leader Dave Taylor set up and staffed an ARISS table in the STEM & Demo area. He laid out components of the ARISS SPARKI electronics kit and the ARISS *STAR* education program. He displayed photos of the ARISS radio system being used by astronauts on the ISS, and he had ISS-Above images running on a monitor. He demoed AMSAT’s CubeSatSim Lite (CubeSat simulator) mounted with telemetry (data) circuitry in his 3D-printed CubeSat frame. Despite some rain from Hurricane Ian, a good turn-out of visitors came to the STEM building; Dave spoke with 50 adults and 15 kids. Most of the youth were part of a high school robotics group.
October 8: ARISS Technical Mentor Charlie Sufana gave an update presentation on the latest ARISS activities at the Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society’s 2022 Melbourne Hamfest (a gathering of people interested in amateur radio, technology, and amateur radio education). Throughout the rest of the day, a number of other attendees who recognized him, snagged him with ARISS questions.
October 3: ARISS distributed a news release on opening a window for accepting ARISS Education Proposals from formal and informal educational Institutions to be considered for ARISS contacts with ISS crew during July 1 through December 31, 2023. NASA SCaN posted Twitter and Facebook items about the window opening. The Tweet was amplified from the main NASA account and the ISS and ISS Research accounts. With SCaN’s catchy post title, “Spooky Communications”, within a day the Tweet had a reach of 1.3 million! NASA EXPRESS carried an item about the window that went to 57,671 subscribers; the e-letter was shared through the NASA Office of STEM Engagement’s Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, “…sharing content with approximately 1,026,265 followers.” The American Radio Relay League posted a news item in The ARRL Letter that goes to 107,000 readers. ARISS thanks all of the NASA groups and the ARRL.
ARISS Social Media for September 2022
- ARISS Twitter followers as of September 30, 2022, totaled 17,111.
- ARISS Total Facebook followers for September 30, 2022 was 8,279.
- Instagram count for the end of September 2022 was 450.
- YouTube subscribers on September 30, 2022 totaled 1,700.
ARISS Upcoming Events
October 18: Davis Aerospace Technical H.S., Detroit, MI, ARISS-US Team