August: ARISS educator Drew Deskur, head of the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal, NY, planned several social-distanced summer STEM youth camps for various ages that had lessons tied to ARISS. Youth aged 8 and 9 got to try coding, build and program robots, learn about ARISS, and engineer differing solutions to problems. Youth studied a bit about astronomy, as well. After learning some electrical principles, circuit design and safety rules, middle-school-age youth worked with multi-meters and soldering irons to build electronic-kit projects.
September 3: ARISS thanks the NASA team for Kathryn Lueders’ (Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate) posting on LinkedIn about the ARISS program. The ARISS team distributed a news release about the LinkedIn item and 9 e-news outlets–some national, some regional including several ARRL web sites–picked up the release for thousands to read. ARISS further amplified the LinkedIn post by including the story on the ARISS-USA web page and ARISS-International web page. A week after the NASA item was posted, LinkedIn Reactions totaled 97.
Sep 21 Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC ARISS contact, ARISS US team
Sep 24 SPDW Voortrekker Movement, Oranjeville, S. Africa ARISS contact, ARISS Europe team