Pathfinder Amateur Radio Club's ARISS Project rocketed into a school-wide endeavor, capitalizing on our students’ interests in the trades and STEM subjects, giving students an interdisciplinary opportunity to apply their various skill sets.
The goals of the ARISS Project included:
In preparation for the culminating activity of contact with an ISS astronaut, many of our school departments were directly involved with this project including Advanced Manufacturing, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Business Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Electrical, Electronics, HVAC/R, Programming and Web, History, Mathematics, and Science. We challenged our students with topics on radio station construction design, wireless technology, and radio science while learning more about space exploration, technology, and communication. Not only did students help build the radio station, but they were also responsible for the advertisement of the event, soliciting for and selecting questions for the astronauts, and documenting the entire process on the internet.
This project has also become an opportunity for engagement with the larger community through work with local businesses, media, and amateur radio clubs. All of this work by the various stakeholders has led to this once in a lifetime opportunity for our all involved.