ARRL

Outreach to Teachers and Schools

What do I need to know to talk to my local school about Amateur Radio?

The most frequently asked question about ARRL’s Education & Technology Program  is: How do I approach a school to introduce Amateur Radio curriculum and convince them to consider including the curriculum as part of their school program? This question comes from hams outside the educational system who would like to see Amateur Radio included as an accepted program in their local schools.

As Ham Radio operators, we recognize the numerous benefits from including Amateur Radio as an enrichment program in schools. We are aware of the relationship between the knowledge base of our hobby and the concepts in science, math, geography and other subject matter taught in schools. We have observed how the use of Amateur Radio can improve young people's verbal and social skills. We are familiar with the sense of accomplishment gained by passing an FCC exam and operating on the air.

To be successful you'll need to be informed about the resources ARRL offers through our Education & Technology Program.  You'll also want to know what  teachers are doing in their classrooms to use amateur radio as an instructional tool.  It would also be good to have some knowledge of what other local ham radio clubs are doing with their local schools.

Spend some time reading the information provided through the links below.

Then  take advantage of the prep tool we've prepared for launching your conversation with your local school.  This  will help you organize your thoughts and your conversation with the local school administrator.

  • What is the ETP?

    ARRL's Education & Technology Program introduces teachers to Amateur Radio as an instructional resource. Learn More

  • List of ETP Schools

    Review the list of schools that have received ETP resources. Learn More

Before the Presentation

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Get organized before you talk to school personnel. Here's how to prepare.

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  • Reaching for the Stars with Radio

    The ARISS Program can provide opportunities for a local amateur radio club to introduce ham radio to teachers and to school adminsitrators as a means of hands-on learning.

    A 6th grade class at Northland Preparatory School in Flagstaff, AZ build a radio telescope, use radio to explore the heavens, track a high altitude balloon, and on May 24, 2012, talk to astronaut Joe Acaba, KE5DAR on the ISS during a scheduled contact.IMG_9544.JPG
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    For more information about ARISS, Read More.

  • Preparing for a meeting with school personnel

    This is a PDF format  of the slideshow seen above for you to print out for reference.
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  • Developing Radioactive Kids

     

    Pete Kemp KZ1Z , retired teacher and recipient of the Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award, offers some great advice on setting your expectations and getting organized to work with a school.
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  • Teach In

    Each year, the public schools of Orange and Seminole Counties of Central Florida hold a Teach-in. The school principals and their staff invite individuals to share their particular careers and other interests in a classroom environment.  The Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society (LMARS) of Deltona, Florida has supported this effort and gathers a group of their members to bring the fascinating hobby of ham radio to the local schools at this annual event.

    Here's their report on their recent visit to English Estates Elementary School in Fern Park, Florida.

     
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  • Spreading Ham Radio Into Cooper Elementary School

    Tulsa (Oklahoma) Public Schools has the Tulsa Metro Chamber Partners in Education program which is designed to broaden students' horizons by showing them how what they are learning in school can be applied later in life.  Tulsa Amateur Radio Club leapt at the chance to tell students at Cooper Elementary School about Amateur Radio.

  • Frequently Asked Questions: How to Approach Your Local School

    You may have asked these questions too!
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  • Classroom Activities, Reports from Classrooms

    Be informed about how teachers  are using amateur radio in their classrooms and how they are exloring robotics and other topics using wireless technology. Read reports from teachers and articles and stories telling how teachers and local hams went about introducing ham radio into school classrooms and some of the exciting outcomes!
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  • Curriculum Connections

    Teachers find curriculum connections for Amateur Radio to many subject areas. Review the possible science benchmarks that can be addressed wtih Amateur Radio.
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  • Brochure for School Outreach Meetings

    Brochure for School Outreach Meetings

    Our "10 Good Reasons, 3 Ways to Do It" brochure will provide you with a polished summary of your discussion with school officials.  It's a great way  to close your meeting and provide your contact information for future follow-up. You can preview the brochure by clicking the link provided here.

    Submit this form to request brochures from ARRL's Education Services Department.
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  • The Next Generation of Hams: It's Elementary

    Learn how a local radio club "sold" amateur radio to a local school-- and read about their accomplishments.
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  • These Youngsters are Radio Active

    Mike Mike Zane, N6ZW tells how he went about it.
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Induced Magnetics

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Video of instruction on electromagnetism by instructor Mark Spencer WA8SME during a Teachers Institute.