Working to Inspire Students in Science & Wireless Technology
ARRL has embraced an educational mission dedicated to expanding horizons and thousands of new hams are discovering the magic of Amateur Radio and existing hams are eager to expand their knowledge and discover new ways to enjoy Amateur Radio.
In 2001 former ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP launched the Education & Technology Program. Sicne 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 2003 ARRL launched the highly successful teacher development program in electronics, ham radio, robotics and space—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.
In 2008 the Teachers Institutes expanded the curricula to include ATV and radio astronomy. Currently, hands-on instruction during the Teachers Institute includes building project kits such as a seismometer, a 24-hour clock and A BOT Instructor’s Board to enhance the teachers’ ability to instruct basic robotics. The teachers conduct a fox-hunt activity, participate in ham satellite contacts, and observe the collection of satellite imagery transmitted by NOAA satellites. These are all activities teachers will use to engage students with interactive learning when they return to their classrooms.
In 2009 an advanced Teachers Institute program called TI-2 to focus training for previous Teachers Institute graduates on Space in the classroom. The program in 2009 helped prepare schools for ARISS contacts. In 2010 the TI-2 on space will be held along with a second advanced course in electronics.
Other resources funded by the Education & Technology Program: a Transistor Amplifier Board, a TV remote Decoder Board, a Modulation and Demodulation Board, no solder projects and a Solder 101 kit, a Fox Controller board, Satellite Controller Interfaces, and a Basic Electronics Course and Kit that attracted the attention of a work force development program that requested 300 of the kits.
The future of these exciting educational programs and resources development 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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