September 14: Mary Hare School, a residential co-ed school for deaf students in Newbury, Berkshire, England, will host an ARISS radio contact in October. This ARISS contact is believed to be the first undertaken for the hearing impaired. The 230 pupils range in age from 7 to 13 years old. Questions and answers will be translated into subtitles and sign language during the ISS’ pass. The ARISS team in the United Kingdom will set up the ham radio ground station and the Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society will lead students in ham radio experiences. A science teacher said, “It is a very exciting event—a world first for deaf pupils. I think it is very important to our pupils as it shows whatever your challenges with communication, there is no limit to what you can achieve. The sky is not the limit.”  The school posted a story on its web site about the upcoming ARISS contact and thus far, 17 news outlets have picked up the item.

September: An ARISS Proposal Webinar is being planned by ARISS-US Education Committee members for the window opening October 1 to accept the ARISS Education and Contact Proposal form from US education groups. The proposals would be considered for ARISS contacts taking place in the second half of 2022. The committee updated the ARISS Education and Contact Proposal Form along with the ARISS Proposal Guide in preparation for the webinar. 

Upcoming Events

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

Sep 27 Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia ARISS contact, ARISS Russia team