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 ARISS Project: 


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:

  • Inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and in STEM careers among young people
  • Provide an educational opportunity for students, teachers and the general public to learn about space exploration, space technologies, and satellite communications
  • Provide an educational opportunity for students, teachers and the general public to learn about wireless technology and radio science through Amateur Radio
  • Provide an opportunity for Amateur Radio experimentation and evaluation of new technologies
  • Provide a contingency communications system for NASA and the ISS crew
  • Provide crew with another means to directly interact with a larger community outside the ISS, including friends and family


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. 

Website Created by Programming & Web Student:
Programming and Web Development student Brian C. used his skills and knowledge of HTML and CSS to create a student-driven website for the Pathfinder ARISS project. His many hours on the initial coding and design were then utilized as the model on the school district's standardized website.