Through amateur radio, a group of Dearborn kids are in contact with the international space station.
Amateur radio experts in the Detroit area have been working with the students for month to arrange the connection. It is a part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program. The Dearborn Public School District was one of 15 chosen to participate in the national program.
According to a district announcement, “In the spring of 2015, Dearborn Public Schools Media Tech Specialist Gordon Scannell, an Amateur Radio operator, presented the details of the program to district teachers,” the district announced.
“(District STEM coordinator Mary) Varady has been working with principals to provide lessons and other activities tied to the event. Scannell, along with other Amateur Radio volunteers have spent countless hours arranging the technical details for Tuesday’s event including such activities as installing a large temporary antenna on the roof of the Berry Center.”