ARISS Weekly Status Report – 2/19/2024

February 8-10: ARISS-US Education Committee members Gina Kwid and Clint Thomsen set up and staffed a booth at the Space Exploration Educators Conference held at Space Center Houston in Houston, TX.  They spoke with 180 attendees who teach in grade levels spanning K-16 and leaders from science museums, libraries, and STEM camps. These included the … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 2/19/2024

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 2/12/2024

February 1: The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE) in Huntsville, AL hosted an ARISS contact with Jasmin Moghbeli. 20 students asked questions while a crowd of 435 people, mostly students, watched. Before the connection was made, Nicole Pelfrey, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Payload & Mission Operations Department Manager spoke to the … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 2/12/2024

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 2/5/2024

January 29: Thrive Home School Academy and District 2 Schools in the Colorado Springs, CO area welcomed two NASA astronauts—Kevin Chilton and Susan Helms—to Harrison High School auditorium, for a presentation and a Q&A session for students and their families.  Thrive School Academy had named January as Space Month and offered this astronaut visit, and … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 2/5/2024

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 1/29/2024

January 24: Students at Istituto Comprensivo Anna Rita Sidoti in Gioiosa Marea, Italy shared an exciting day as their peers talked with Axiom crew 3’s Walter Villadei during an ARISS contact; he answered 14 student questions. The event began with a pre-contact show including students’ talks, videos of Villadei and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, and an … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 1/29/2024

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 1/22/2024

January 15: HamCation in Orlando, FL, the second largest annual ham radio convention in the US, gives awards that honor outstanding ham radio operators. The 2024 Gordon West Ambassador of the Year winners are ARISS volunteers Fred and Anita Kemmerer of Hollis, NH. The two, recognized nationally for promoting technology learning and amateur radio, developed … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 1/22/2024

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 01/15/2024

January 11: ARISS-USA leaders Executive Director Frank Bauer and Director of Education Tanya Anderson gave a talk in an education workshop at the 2024 AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Science and Technology Forum and Exposition in Orlando, FL. The professional development presentation to K-12 STEM educators and AIAA members featured ARISS 2.0—New Vision … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 01/15/2024

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 01/08/2024

January 3: ARISS-International Chair Frank Bauer gave a presentation during the bi-weekly Ham Radio Crash Course - HamNation online ham radio podcast. He explained many exciting aspects of the upcoming 40th Anniversary Conference: Celebrating the Positive Impact of Amateur Radio on Human Spaceflight to be held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from February 22 – 24. He expounded on … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 01/08/2024

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 12/29/2023

December 14:  The Primary School of Zipari in the coastal town of Kos, Greece hosted an ARISS contact with Andreas Mogensen, who answered 15 students’ questions. The event, attended by 300 students and community members, had reps on hand from a national TV station and an area newspaper to cover the event.  Four students starred … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 12/29/2023

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 12/11/2023

December 5: Students at Orangeburg (SC) Christian Academy enjoyed an ARISS contact with Jasmin Moghbeli who answered 20 of their questions. 322 people on site watched the contact, the school livestreamed the event on Facebook for other students and staff, and in a few days’ time, 1,000 others had viewed the recording. WLTX-TV in Columbia … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 12/11/2023

ARISS Weekly Status Report – 12/4/2023

November 17:  ARISS educator Cassie Zielenski and her fellow teachers began engaging Mountain View Elementary School’s 841 students in Marietta, GA, in STEM activities tied to ARISS once her school’s education proposal was accepted for an ARISS contact. K-5 students got an introduction to some lessons in the ARISS SPARKI Kit, enjoyed a scavenger hunt … Continue reading ARISS Weekly Status Report – 12/4/2023