LaFayette Middle School Amateur Radio Club Contacts International Space Station

September 23, 2012 10:49 am

by Nathan · 5 comments

The LaFayette Middle School Amateur Radio Club (W4LMS) had the opportunity to be one of 18 schools in the entire world to make contact with the International Space Station (NA1SS), specifically with Commander Suni Williams.  The students who are members of the middle school’s amateur radio club asked about 15 to 16 questions to Commander Williams about life on the space station.  The space station was visible in the sky for about 10 minutes, so it was a quick question and answer session.  It was a great opportunity for the students, and I hope that this sparks an interest in engineering or the hard sciences.

Congrats to the students at LaFayette Middle School.

saltycracker September 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

The President has directed the administration of NASA that their mission is to develop a better relationship with the Muslim world, recognizing their science and math contributions, probably to get their participation ($$) in the space station.
Is there more to this story ?

Ridgerunner September 24, 2012 at 5:39 am

Good to see one of North Georgia’s schools chosen for this, and hopefully it will generate enthusiasm in some young minds towards science and engineering. Thanks to Nathan and other members of the local Ham radio club to which he belongs, for assisting the school in order to make this a success.

American Delight September 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

Schools still have radio clubs?

Nathan September 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

They sure do. I know our state is promoting STEM education. This is a good way of sparking the interest for science, technology, engineering, and math in kids. Perhaps other schools in Georgia could work on getting amateur radio clubs in their local schools. I have no doubt that local amateur operators would be willing to help.

Raleigh September 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

Congratulations to the kids. Here is a link to one of the news stories.

http://www.wdef.com/news/story/LaFayette-Middle-School-talks-to-International/ybwAlegDNk25H9nUWQ0daQ.cspx

Yes thankfully some schools have Amateur Radio Clubs after all almost everyone carries a radio today (i.e. your cell phone, Wi-Fi, etc). Sorry, Mr. Cracker, no there is not any more to the story, No nefarious scheme to indoctrinate kids with the exception of generating interest in science and technology.

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