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Hundreds of region's K-12 students to experience radio connection with astronauts on the ISS

Posted on 3/9/2016

Timing note: The telebridge call to the ISS will start at 1:08 p.m. and last 11 minutes.

UND Amateur Radio Association, ND Space Grant host telebridge contact with International Space Station

WHO: The University of North Dakota Student Amateur Radio Association and the UND-based North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC), in collaboration with Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

WHAT: Telebridge facilitated by UND Student Amateur Radio Association and ARISS to connect by radio with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. About 300 K-12 students from schools around the region plus several UND undergraduate and graduate students will focus on a 10-minute window when amateur radio operators will call the ISS - students will get to ask questions.

The event also will host several STEM-related booths and activities, such as an inflatable planetarium hosted by Tim Young from the UND Department of Physics & Astrophysics.

Students will be able to:

  • Visit the interactive space flight simulators, electric interplanetary rover, and actual space suits used in analog missions.

  • Visit the hands-on STEM activity booths (targeted towards k-8 students).

  • Track the International Space Station in real-time as it orbits Earth.

WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of North Dakota Memorial Union Ballroom

About ND Space Grant Consortium

The North Dakota NASA Space Grant Consortium fulfills the Space Grant mission by involving North Dakota faculty, students, and K?12 teachers and students in multi?institutional, collaborative, NASA?relevant research and education projects, while also educating the North Dakota citizenry about NASA, its purpose, and its missions. Its activities will demonstrably increase the qualified STEM and technical workforce that is necessary to accomplish NASA's goals while also contributing to the general education and welfare of North Dakota.

About the UND Student Amateur Radio Association

The Student Amateur Radio Association (SARA) was re-established in the Spring of 2013 by undergraduate students Joseph Castiglione (current Vice-President) and Jason Burns (current President). Since then the club has gained close to a dozen members, all licensed to operate on amateur radio frequencies. SARA operates from a small office, or "shack", in the Memorial Union Rm 302 under the call-sign K0UND.


The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew.  Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group, including several countries in Europe as well as Japan, Russia, Canada, and the USA. The organization is run by volunteers from the national amateur radio organizations and the international AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) organizations from each country. Since ARISS is international in scope, the team coordinates locally with their respective space agency and as an international team through ARISS working group meetings, teleconferences and webinars.

Mark G. Danes
Division of University & Public Affairs
University of North Dakota
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Grand Forks, ND 58202

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