January 14: ARISS-USA Education Director Kathy Lamont was featured at a Zoom meeting of the Nashua (NH) Area Radio Society. Her presentation, “Youth in Radio,” covered the many ways ham radio is used as a teaching tool in classrooms to engage youth in hands-on STEM. Attendees, totaling 35, learned how they could work with educators, and one posted, “Love the ideas and the excitement from both the presentation and the curriculum ideas.” The audience hailed from radio clubs in New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The event was recorded for posting on the club’s web site for others to view.

January 14: ARISS had highlighted in an earlier weekly report that 2 of the 25 photos NASA posted online as the “Best Space Station Science Pictures of 2021” were ones featuring ISS crew members supporting ARISS contacts. This week, ARISS team mate Ana Guzman explained that the article about the winning photos was posted also at the NASA Spanish web site.  She and a colleague had done the translating of the article from English to Spanish. The URL is: Las mejores fotos de las investigaciones a bordo de la Estación Espacial en el 2021 | Ciencia de la NASA. ARISS thanks NASA and Ana for this.  ARISS is pleased that the photos and information on the ARISS contacts are available now for Spanish-speaking readers.

January 13: ARISS-USA Education Director Kathy Lamont and ARISS Technical Mentor Fred Kemmerer hosted an ARISS Orientation Webinar. The event was for schools and education organizations selected recently for ARISS radio contacts to be held in the second half of 2022.  Educators from those groups and representatives of their area amateur radio clubs who will assist the education groups attended the webinar—a total of 24 people. The groups heard a review of what is expected of them and they got answers to their questions.

January 17: The ARISS Team is planning final details for a forum and an exhibit booth to be at the ARRL 2022 National Convention. It is February 10-13 in Orlando, FL, and is one of the larger ham radio conventions held every year in the US.

ARISS Upcoming Events   

January 25 Quantorium Childrens Technopark, Komsomolsk-on-Amur Russia ARISS-Russia Team
January 31 Lewis Center for Education Research, ARISS contact, ARISS-US Team
February 2 Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk Russia, ARISS contact, ARISS-Russia Team
February 3-5 Space Exploration Educators Conference, ARISS Forum, ARISS-US Team
February 4 Johannes-Kepler Gymnasium, Lebach, Germany, ARISS contact, ARISS-Europe Team