Inspiring Students in Radio Science and Wireless Technology
"Through ARRL’s Education & Technology Program, you and I are bringing the excitement and joy of Amateur Radio to thousands of young people across the country. Every year, this program – funded through member donations – provides teachers with the knowledge, tools, and resources to bring technology-related lessons and activities into their classrooms." ARRL President, Kay Craigie, N3KN
Kay and her husband, Carter N3AO, are leading donors to the ETP. Read Kay's letter to members with her appeal for your support.
The Teachers Institute Includes Theory and Practice
In 2000 former ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP launched the Education & Technology Program. Since then, ARRL has expanded the scope of its educational initiatives. Grants of station equipment, instructional resources or opportunities for professional development have been awarded to hundreds of schools—with more schools added each year.
In 2004 ARRL launched the highly successful teacher professional development program in electronics, ham radio, robotics and space communications—the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology. With a broader objective of promoting wireless technology literacy the four-day seminar has provided teachers from elementary school to the university level with basic tools and teaching strategies to introduce the science of radio, space technology, weather, microcontroller basics and robotics in their classrooms.
Hands-on instruction during the Teachers Institute includes learning how to solder by building a 24-hour clock. The teachers conduct a fox-hunt activity, participate in ham satellite contacts, and observe the collection of satellite imagery transmitted by NOAA satellites. They also assemble a robot and learn how to program a microcontroller to guide the robot through a maze. The next step is to control the robot with commands sent by ham radio using APRS! These are all activities teachers will use to engage students with interactive learning when they return to their classrooms.
In 2009 we offered the first advanced Teachers Institute program, called TI-2, to focus training for previous Teachers Institute graduates on Space in the Classroom. One of the goals of this seminar is to prepare schools for ARISS contacts. In 2013 we introduced an advanced TI-2 focused on using electronic sensors and ham radio for data transmission. The seminar is aptly named, Remote Sensing and Data Gathering.
The program continues to provide school station equipment grants and smaller resource grants to schools that demonstrate a plan for educational engagement. Thus far, the ETP has provided resources and/or training to more than 500 schools and 650 teachers.
The future of this exciting educational program will only be as promising as your generous financial contributions will support. The accomplishments of the Education & Technology Program are a direct result of the generosity of thousands of radio amateurs.
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