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Teaching amateur radio to elementary school students

Feb 9th 2012, 22:01


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In response to an inquiry about teaching amateur radio to 3rd-5th grade students, the following response was given in an email from Nathan McCray K9CPO, ARRL ETP instructor, and is posted for discussion here.

I am a fellow educator and your name was directed to me about how I teach 3rd - 5th grade students amateur radio and getting them licensed. I have been very successful in licensing students at the grade level. I have licensed a few dozen students over the past 10 years. My approach is pretty simple. I do the following:

1. I use the instructor guide for whatever license we are pursuing 2. I put together a PowerPoint for each lesson (I teach one lesson per
week) that brings some of the material down to their level (See attachment).
Note, I tweak my lessons based on the knowledge level of my students. It is very different from year to year so personalizing the lesson is very important.
3. The students read a section of the technician book each week and they are encouraged to take practice tests and to study all week long. I ask them to give me at least 30 minutes a day outside of school to do this.
4. I give them a quiz on things I cover that day and for previous material covered
5. Whenever I am teaching I use a ton of hands on activities
6. When they start getting 90% of the practice tests correct I schedule a test with our local VE's.
7. I have learned not to underestimate how much the students can learn!
8. I stay positive all the time!!!

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I am attempting to integrate amateur radio instruction into our tribe's new science and math program which includes a science camp and after school activities. There is interest in having me introduce the hobby as a way of teaching basic electronics and scientific principles to our native youth in the mid-high age group.

Although I have been an inactive ham for a few years, I feel qualified to help out at this very basic level (hi hi).

It has been suggested that I use plenty of hands-on activities to draw this age group into the topic of electronics. What kinds of materials or kits would any of you recommend that would allow our kids to have a good hands on experience after short lectures.

Our interest is to get the kids familiar with the basics of electronics. Ham radio can be an extension of this if there is interest. Just need to know how to make this fun and where I can obtain age appropriate kits/plans or projects.
Hahou' (thanks)

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