[amsat-bb] NASA tells students about Amateur Radio

Tom Clark, K3IO tom.k3io at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 13:43:57 PDT 2008

I sent this a couple of days ago, but for some reason it never appeared. 
See -- these thing happen even to members of the Board!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	NASA tells students about Amateur Radio
Date: 	Mon, 11 Aug 2008 23:10:46 -0400
From: 	Tom Clark, K3IO <k3io at verizon.net>
Reply-To: 	k3io at verizon.net
To: 	AMSAT BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
CC: 	AMSAT BoD <bod at AMSAT.ORG>, AMSAT Officers <officers at amsat.org>

We have all heard that amateurs on the Space Station (ARISS=Amateur 
Radio on the International Space Station) frequently have "direct from 
orbit" contact with students in schools around the world. To help 
prepare the students for an ARISS experience, NASA has generated a 
series of teaching modules for the students. They have three different 
packages available suitable for students in K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grades 
(for folks outside the US, "K" is Kindergarten at age ~5, and Grades 
1-12 are for ages ~6-18). I think that the AMSAT folks should see how 
amateur radio can be introduced to children -- the packages are 
described and available from NASA's Digital Learning Network (DLN) 
<http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/> at 

I found them to be very interesting. Perhaps you know some local 
teachers who could make use of these lesson plans.

73, Tom

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