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Amateur Radio in the Classroom

Why Amateur Radio in the Classroom?

Amateur Radio has long been fertile ground for gaining knowledge and skill with electronics technology, as well as for hands-on experimentation and application of technology. Using Amateur Radio in the classroom is a proven and effective way to teach both fact and theory and align with state and national learning objectives-- in STEM curricula-- as well as other content areas. 

ARRL's Education & Technology Program, provides resources and training to help teachers learn how basic electronics and radio science is applied in today's technologies, and how to bring this knowledge to their students. An overarching goal of the Program is wireless technology literacy, for teachers and students.

Technology in the Classroom News & Articles:

Amateur Radio is communication via a variety of methods across social, political, cultural, geographic and physical handicap boundaries.

Amateur Radio integrates math, science, geography, reading and writing.

Amateur Radio encourages hands-on investigation and experimentation as a basis for understanding technical subjects. Amateur Radio experiences are a motivating influence for many careers in computer sciences, consumer electronics, broadcast engineering, research sciences, medicine, telecommunications and more! Amateur Radio also enriches the lives of thousands of people as a way to meet and make friends, have fun and pursue a path of lifelong learning.

Careers and Amateur Radio

  • Hands-on learning with Amateur Radio can develop the skills and interests that lead to professional career choices.

    Based on knowledge of electronics/antennas/radio propagation

    Consumer Electronics

        audio technician (for theaters/aircraft/home)

        sound system design

        TV and sound system install/service

    Space Exploration

        satellite/spacecraft design

        satellite/spacecraft assembly

        satellite/spacecraft monitoring

        radio telescope technician or astronomer

    Broadcast Radio or Television


        weather/communications satellite design or assembly

        research into microwave or laser based communication techniques

    Medical Fields

        x-ray tech

        MRI tech

        x-ray/MRI machine service

    Computer Design/Repair

    Cell Phone Systems

        tower/network assembly



    Based on understanding of electro-mechanical systems or sound card based software

    software engineer

    signal processing technician



    radio trunking systems design/tech

  • Case StudyElectronics Occupations Program at Turlock High School

    The Electronics Occupations Program at Turlock High School is a comprehensive electronics training program which utilizes Amateur Radio activities as cornerstones to motivate and give direction to students. Here is a list of possible careers suggested to students:

    Areas of Occupational Specialization

    Electronic Consumer Products Service

    Audio-Video Repairer
    Audiovisual-Aids Technician
    Audiovisual Equipment Operator
    Radio Mechanic
    Radio Repairer
    Television & Radio Repairer
    Video Installer
    Video Operator
    Video Tape-Recording Engineer
    Cable Television Installer
    Cable Television Technician

    Communications Electronics Technology

    Communications Electronics Assembler
    Communications Electronics Tester
    Marine Radio Installer Servicer
    Radio Mechanic

    Computer Servicing Technology

    Data Processing Mechanic
    Computer Electronics Technician
    Computer Service Technician

    Avionics Technology

    General Aviation-Avionics Technician

    Telephony Technology

    Telephone Repairer/Installer
    Instrument Repairer
    Station Installer & Repairer
    Equipment Installer


    Electrician Apprentice
    Electrician Helper
    Airport Electrician
    Neon Sign Servicer
    Electrical Appliance Servicer
    Household Appliance Installer
    Electrical Repairer
    Security Alarm Installer

    Electronic Consumer Products Service Categories

    DC Circuits
    AC Circuits
    Solid State Devices
    Analog Circuits
    Digital Devices
    Microprocessor Technology
    Lab Practices

    Topics within Amateur Radio that are useful to telecommunications careers:

    DC Circuits
    AC Circuits
    Solid State Devices
    Analog Circuits
    Digital Devices
    Microprocessor Technology
    Lab Practices
    Technical Recording & Reporting


  • ETP Resources

    Curricula, kits and projects you can use in your classroom. Learn More

    ETP Resources

  • Professional Development

    ARRL's Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology offers hands-on learning for teachers . Learn More

    Professional Development

  • Grants

    Find out about grants for school radio stations and related software and equipment! Learn More


  • What are other schools doing?

    Find out how other teachers are using Amateur Radio to engage students in their classrooms. Learn More

    What are other schools doing?


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