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Re: ISTE Standards and Amateur Radio

Rebecca Haynes
 

Hello Pat, 
  I am an educator and I love using google or canvas classroom. If feasible, can we communicate  and share best practices through this forum. I can create the group and all those interested can input their information on a google  form. Let me know your thoughts. 

On Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 10:46 AM Pat <PatKilroy1@...> wrote:
Hi Steve, 

Thank you very much for your offer of the Lesson Plans.  If you could also post in the repository a generic age-appropriate Lesson Plan outline plus a kind of “fill in the blanks” Lesson Plan form then I believe that you will get more (potential) Lesson Plans from members of this group.  

Case in point: take me.  I am an engineer who visits high school and universities to interface with students on Amateur Radio and other technical topics (e.g., the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator, POTA opportunities, Raspberry Pi projects).  

I have noticed a chasm that seems to exist between teachers and many technical persons.  So, these supplemental tools I suggest will help garner additional quality plans.  

With us able to view Lesson Plans (dated and with version number) in our repository, we can review them, use them as examples for writing plans, and propose edits and updates to improve selected plans.   

Can we make this so?  

Thank you for your support!  

Cheers, 

Pat N8PK 
in Maryland

On Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 9:12 AM Steve Goodgame K5ATA <sgoodgame@...> wrote:
One of the goals of this group is to create a resource for teachers to be able to post and find lesson plans/lesson ideas for individual standards. I will be posting a standard each week, in the hopes that people can create/post lesson plans or ideas that help to address the standard.

We all know that teachers have to post lesson plans for administrators to see/approve. This is one hurdle that I think we can help overcome as a group.  Eventually, I will take these and create a sort of repository that is searchable.

I will start out with the ISTE standards, then will move onto other standards such as the NGSS, etc. In order to keep things organized, I ask that you please post your ideas as a message in each topic. For example, if there is a topic labeled ISTE 1.1, post your lesson ideas under that topic. If you have lesson ideas for other standards, please create the topic with a sort of standardized look, such as ISTE 1.1, NGSS MS-PS3-1, etc.

Also, we know that teachers connect learning across multiple disciplines. We also know that principals like it when a lesson hits multiple standards. If a lesson/idea you post meaningfully hits multiple standards, it would be great if you could include those standards in the description. 

Let's all help each other out here, and make it easier to include amateur radio in schools!

--
Steve Goodgame K5ATA
sgoodgame@...
Education and Learning Manager
American Radio Relay League

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Pat Kilroy 1
 
 
 



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Respectfully,
Rebecca  Haynes 


Re: ISTE Standards and Amateur Radio

Pat
 

Hi Steve, 

Thank you very much for your offer of the Lesson Plans.  If you could also post in the repository a generic age-appropriate Lesson Plan outline plus a kind of “fill in the blanks” Lesson Plan form then I believe that you will get more (potential) Lesson Plans from members of this group.  

Case in point: take me.  I am an engineer who visits high school and universities to interface with students on Amateur Radio and other technical topics (e.g., the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator, POTA opportunities, Raspberry Pi projects).  

I have noticed a chasm that seems to exist between teachers and many technical persons.  So, these supplemental tools I suggest will help garner additional quality plans.  

With us able to view Lesson Plans (dated and with version number) in our repository, we can review them, use them as examples for writing plans, and propose edits and updates to improve selected plans.   

Can we make this so?  

Thank you for your support!  

Cheers, 

Pat N8PK 
in Maryland

On Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 9:12 AM Steve Goodgame K5ATA <sgoodgame@...> wrote:
One of the goals of this group is to create a resource for teachers to be able to post and find lesson plans/lesson ideas for individual standards. I will be posting a standard each week, in the hopes that people can create/post lesson plans or ideas that help to address the standard.

We all know that teachers have to post lesson plans for administrators to see/approve. This is one hurdle that I think we can help overcome as a group.  Eventually, I will take these and create a sort of repository that is searchable.

I will start out with the ISTE standards, then will move onto other standards such as the NGSS, etc. In order to keep things organized, I ask that you please post your ideas as a message in each topic. For example, if there is a topic labeled ISTE 1.1, post your lesson ideas under that topic. If you have lesson ideas for other standards, please create the topic with a sort of standardized look, such as ISTE 1.1, NGSS MS-PS3-1, etc.

Also, we know that teachers connect learning across multiple disciplines. We also know that principals like it when a lesson hits multiple standards. If a lesson/idea you post meaningfully hits multiple standards, it would be great if you could include those standards in the description. 

Let's all help each other out here, and make it easier to include amateur radio in schools!

--
Steve Goodgame K5ATA
sgoodgame@...
Education and Learning Manager
American Radio Relay League

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Pat Kilroy 1
 
 
 


ISTE 1.1a

Steve Goodgame K5ATA
 

Post ideas/lesson plans for ISTE standard 1.1

Empowered Learner: Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. Students:

1.1a articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
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Steve Goodgame K5ATA
Education and Learning Manager
American Radio Relay League


ISTE Standards and Amateur Radio

Steve Goodgame K5ATA
 
Edited

One of the goals of this group is to create a resource for teachers to be able to post and find lesson plans/lesson ideas for individual standards. I will be posting a standard each week, in the hopes that people can create/post lesson plans or ideas that help to address the standard.

We all know that teachers have to post lesson plans for administrators to see/approve. This is one hurdle that I think we can help overcome as a group.  Eventually, I will take these and create a sort of repository that is searchable.

I will start out with the ISTE standards, then will move onto other standards such as the NGSS, etc. In order to keep things organized, I ask that you please post your ideas as a message in each topic. For example, if there is a topic labeled ISTE 1.1, post your lesson ideas under that topic. If you have lesson ideas for other standards, please create the topic with a sort of standardized look, such as ISTE 1.1, NGSS MS-PS3-1, etc.

Also, we know that teachers connect learning across multiple disciplines. We also know that principals like it when a lesson hits multiple standards. If a lesson/idea you post meaningfully hits multiple standards, it would be great if you could include those standards in the description. 

Let's all help each other out here, and make it easier to include amateur radio in schools!  Links to the standards will be placed below, and updated regularly as this group grows.

ISTE: https://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards-for-students
NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards): https://www.nextgenscience.org/

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Steve Goodgame K5ATA
sgoodgame@...
Education and Learning Manager
American Radio Relay League


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Carl K9ZA
 

Happy New Year to all.  First licensed in 1971 as WN9JWC while in the Belleville West Amateur Radio Club.  Retired school teacher, principal, and superintendent.  While teaching formed a radio club at a junior high school and helped approximately a dozen kids obtain their Novice license.  Only one upgraded and none of them are currently active, but several did go on into the electronics or radio related careers.  Served as an ARRL Educational Advisor while Illinois was adopting learning standards and aligned related standards to amateur radio related activities.  When doing Graduate Studies became inactive in the League activities.

Now retired, while still doing a small amount of substitute teaching.  Also drive a motorcoach part time.  Enjoy DXing, Field Day, and want to get back involved with CW Sweepstakes.  Have organized the Belleville West Alumni Amateur Radio Club and hope to do some on-campus displays and generate interest in a club there again.

73, Carl


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Luc ON7DQ
 

Hi all,
I'm Luc ON7DQ (KF0CR), I live in Ostend, Belgium.
I retired in 2016, after a career of teaching at Ostend Polytechnic.
I ran a school club (ON4HTI) for 21 years, introducing many of my students to ham radio and homebrewing.
The most popular actvity was our participation in the School Club Roundup each year.
Our most popular homebrew project was the Neophyte Receiver from QST, but I think these days that would have to be a simple SDR receiver (Softrock, µSDX-RX, etc).
 
In the Ostend Radio Club, I regularly give presentations about antenna's, transmission lines, SOTA, etc.
My most popular talk was about the nanoVNA, it's on my YouTube channel , but unfortunatley, it's only available in Dutch.
 
Since I retired, I do a lot of homebrewing, SOTA & WWFF activations, and have regained interest in CW operating (member of SKCC, NAQCC and NTC).

And I am a technical coach of groups of kids age 10-11 in what we call the "STEM Academy".
What surprises me each time is that these kids are especially attracted to Morse Code ... despite all their smartphones, tablets or game consoles.
 
As we had nothing better to do during the Covid-19 crisis, I got the help of a local club member (who is a better programmer than me), to develop a nice project : 
The OST Morse Box.
I think this would be a nice project for a school club, it mixes Arduino with some analog electronics, ... and Morse Code of course.
It's not a "one afternoon" project, but with care and guidance, it can be done by anyone who can hold a soldering iron.
 
See the "demo box" that I built, it contains all possible options of this project, but a much simpler version can also be built.
There is a 50 page English manual which describes all the details.
All software, manuals, PCB files, ...  are available on these two github pages:
and 
https://github.com/on7dq/OST-Morse-Box-DG for an extended version, adding a decoder and a basic sine wave generator.
And soon to come on my YouTube channel : 4 videos in English, describing all features of our project.
 
I hope you can forgive my "sneaky publicity" here ... if you have any questions about this project, send me a private mail to my QRZ.com address, not via this thread.
 
73 and stay safe,
Luc ON7DQ
 
 


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

William Hunt
 

Good Day!

Sure, it sounds very interesting.  I have taught Digital Electronics, Robotics, programming and other technical classes here at Vista Ridge High School in District 49, CO.

I would be happy to introduce the topic to my students in January.  If we have interest, we will start a club.

Thank you.
Respectfully,
Bill
   
Bill Hunt
Information Technology
Vista Ridge High School
6888 Black Forest Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80923


On Thu, Dec 16, 2021 at 2:04 PM <crowb@...> wrote:
My name is Billy Crow, K5LUO.  I am a teacher at Tecumseh High School, Oklahoma.  I teach Basic Electronics and Amateur Radio.  I started the program in 2019 after talking with the school superintendent about introducing students to basic electronics/amateur radio.  I gave a demonstration to him and the principles, of amateur radio.  They were all amazed and the program started in January 2020.  Covid hit, and really put a damper on things but I continued teaching on the internet.  I applied for a contact with the International Space Station through ARISS and was approved for a contact in December of 2020.  We began working on a future contact, in late spring through the fall of 2020.  That was an experience to say the least!  We were set up for a contact for December 4, 2020.  By then, our school was back in temporary session for in person and internet teaching.   We were worried that we might not be able to do it.  However, our superintendent was very supportive of this once in a life time event.  We proceeded on.  On December 4, 2020, at approximately 11:30 am CST, our dreams and goal were reached.  We made contact with NA1SS with Astronaut and Dr. Shannon Walker.   Everything worked....equipment and students performed above and beyond what was expected!  Our students, school faculty and parents were so excited, even to the point of tears of joy.  What a great time!  Here is the web address of the contact  https://w5nor.org/k5ths/
I received a grant from ARRL for books and 2 radios.  A local club, Pottawatomie County Amateur Radio Club, has helped tremendously with teaching and equipment.  We were able to put up a 50' tower, with a DMR repeater (Oklahoma Central Talkgroup).  The club donated several radios and other equipment from SK's and others.  The school has supported me in this adventure 100%.  
Some of the things I am teaching.......soldering, Arduino experiments, building antennas, basic electronics and numerous other amateur radio related topics.  We are in the process of forming the Tecumseh High School Amateur Radio Club.  Our callsign is K5THS.


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Billy Crow
 

My name is Billy Crow, K5LUO.  I am a teacher at Tecumseh High School, Oklahoma.  I teach Basic Electronics and Amateur Radio.  I started the program in 2019 after talking with the school superintendent about introducing students to basic electronics/amateur radio.  I gave a demonstration to him and the principles, of amateur radio.  They were all amazed and the program started in January 2020.  Covid hit, and really put a damper on things but I continued teaching on the internet.  I applied for a contact with the International Space Station through ARISS and was approved for a contact in December of 2020.  We began working on a future contact, in late spring through the fall of 2020.  That was an experience to say the least!  We were set up for a contact for December 4, 2020.  By then, our school was back in temporary session for in person and internet teaching.   We were worried that we might not be able to do it.  However, our superintendent was very supportive of this once in a life time event.  We proceeded on.  On December 4, 2020, at approximately 11:30 am CST, our dreams and goal were reached.  We made contact with NA1SS with Astronaut and Dr. Shannon Walker.   Everything worked....equipment and students performed above and beyond what was expected!  Our students, school faculty and parents were so excited, even to the point of tears of joy.  What a great time!  Here is the web address of the contact  https://w5nor.org/k5ths/
I received a grant from ARRL for books and 2 radios.  A local club, Pottawatomie County Amateur Radio Club, has helped tremendously with teaching and equipment.  We were able to put up a 50' tower, with a DMR repeater (Oklahoma Central Talkgroup).  The club donated several radios and other equipment from SK's and others.  The school has supported me in this adventure 100%.  
Some of the things I am teaching.......soldering, Arduino experiments, building antennas, basic electronics and numerous other amateur radio related topics.  We are in the process of forming the Tecumseh High School Amateur Radio Club.  Our callsign is K5THS.


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Sterling Mann (N0SSC)
 

I'm Sterling, N0SSC.

I'm not a teacher, but Steve invited me anyway 🙂

I am a co-founder for Youth on the Air in IARU Region 2 (for which Neil WB9VPG is the camp director and all-around do-it-all guy), president of the Young Amateur's Radio Community (https://yarc.world), and current IARU R2 Liaison for Youth. I have a lot of irons in the fire regarding youth in amateur radio, which puts me in a unique position to bridge gaps between the youth population of amateur radio and all of you fine educators of said youth.

I do just about everything in ham radio, contesting being one of my favorite activities. By day I'm a communication systems / RF engineer for a fairly large aerospace company in St. Louis, MO.

Thanks for the invite, Steve, and thank you for all the work you're doing!

73,
Sterling N0SSC


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Ross Tucker (NS7F)
 

Good morning!

My name is Ross Tucker. I'm a physics instructor at Arizona State University. I also teach part-time at the Herberger Young Scholars Academy, a school for gifted teens. I've been teaching full-time since I finished my PhD in 2016. However, education has been a lifelong passion for me. I was touring the state giving educational presentations to fourth-graders when I was only 12 years old. My interest in amateur radio goes back almost as far - I got licensed in high school and have been exploring one aspect or another of ham radio since then. My principal ham interests at the moment are SOTA (Summits on the Air) and leading my club's Field Day committee.

Ross Tucker, PhD, NS7F


School Ham Stations in Maryland (Introducing N8PK)

Pat
 

Hello fellow explorers! 

Technology education and outreach has been a passion of mine for years, as seen in the student interns I have employed and mentored at my workplace, the high-altitude balloon payloads & experiments flown, as a CubeSat satellite bus & ground station technical consultant, as a co-developer of the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator, and from my many technical-fun visits to school locations.

My first question to this group is: does anyone know of or have a list of schools in the state of Maryland that has a secure and active ham radio station on site (or one in development)? 

If so then please advise me soon, with contact info if possible. 

Thank you very much for your support. 

Best 73 de N8PK,

Pat Kilroy
electrical engineer
Greenbelt, Md. 
301-286-1984 work

Sykesville, Md. home
 


Introduction N5CQ

John Langdon
 

My name is John Langdon. I was originally licensed in 1966 as WN5PUQ and was assigned N5CQ in 1977. I have BSEE and MBA degrees from UT Austin, and after retirement from an engineering and management career I completed the UTeach post baccalaureate program and am certified in Texas to teach math, physics, and engineering in grades 8-12. I am also a “UTeach Maker Fellow” My primary interest in the education arena is in helping to developed project based and hands on instruction for STEM students.

 

73 John N5CQ

N5CQ@...

 


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Rebecca Haynes
 

Hello Everyone, 
  My name is  Rebecca,  I  have been a H.A.M. since 2019. First introduction was by a fellow H.A.M. operator at my school who was our SRO. Was invited to the teachers institute to learn more and  implement robotics and circuitry. I am looking to connect with  this community to best serve those who are underrepresented and extend equity . Currently, I am the Magnet coordinator at a Title 1 High school and I want to expose students to circuitry, robotics and electronics.Please provide insight and feedback. looking forward to collaborating with you  all. 

Respectfully,
Rebecca 


On Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 8:20 AM J Edgar McDermott <mcdermottje@...> wrote:
Greetings to the Group.  My name is J. E. McDermott/K9JEM.  I have been licensed since 1977, but working in one form or another in communications and electronics since 1969 when I joined the Navy and became an Electronics Technician for Communications.  I’ve taught licensing classes on Guam, in Texas, and South Africa.  My final three years with the Department of State was as an instructor for VHF, UHF, and HF communications systems operations. 

--
J. Edgar McDermott






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Respectfully,
Rebecca  Haynes 


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

J Edgar McDermott
 

Greetings to the Group. My name is J. E. McDermott/K9JEM. I have been licensed since 1977, but working in one form or another in communications and electronics since 1969 when I joined the Navy and became an Electronics Technician for Communications. I’ve taught licensing classes on Guam, in Texas, and South Africa. My final three years with the Department of State was as an instructor for VHF, UHF, and HF communications systems operations.

--
J. Edgar McDermott


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

craig.seay@...
 
Edited

Hello
My name is Craig Seay, KF0DGQ, and am switching career tracks in three weeks, I'll be teaching Network Fundamentals, Network Cabling-Copper, and Network Cabling-Fiber Optic at the high school level. Since towers, IOT, IIOT, and RF are part of the coursework, why not introduce licensing, building antennas/radios, careers in response agencies in the classroom too and see where their interest lies.

Cheers
73
Craig

 


Re: Welcome

Godwin Masakadza
 

Good day Paulo et al
My name is Godwin V51MG.I am based in Namibia.
I teach Radio  communication(City and Guilds qualifications) at a startup College in Windhoek Namibia.

Regards
Godwin

On Sun, 12 Dec 2021, 01:02 Paulo Sousa, <ct1fuh@...> wrote:
Hello my friends

    I'm Paulo Sousa CT1FUH.

    A have a school Group of young boys and girls to learn Ham radio. 
    The call is CS5GVA.

      Please take a look in to QRZ.com for CS5GVA or previoselly CS2GVA.

    73´s

      Paulo Sousa CT1FUH   
      Hamradio teacher for CS5GVA 

Steve Goodgame K5ATA <sgoodgame@...> escreveu no dia sábado, 11/12/2021 à(s) 02:36:
Glad to have you, Anthony!


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Dan Romanchik KB6NU
 
Edited

Hi all,

Dan, KB6NU, here. I'm the author of the KB6NU Ham Radio Blog and the No Nonsense amateur radio license study guides and have been teaching amateur radio license classes for nearly 20 years now. I am also Communications Manager for Amateur Radio | Digital Communications (ARDC), a private foundation that administers AMPRNet (also known as 44Net) and makes grants to worthy programs in amateur radio and digital communications.

On my blog, there are several posts that address how to get more young people into amateur radio. My post today, #hamradio needs something like the Arduino, is a case in point. I don't have the answers, but I do ask the questions. At any rate, I'm happy to join the group and to discuss these topics with you all.

As far as my other ham radio activities go, I like to build things and operate CW. I'm the author of the CW Geek's Guide to Having Fun with Morse Code and will be giving a talk on having fun with CW at Hamcation this coming February. I'm also a member of the CWops and the Long Island CW Club. If you ever hear me on the air, please give me a call.

73, Dan KB6NU


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Paulo Sousa
 

          Hi,   

           I'm Paulo Sousa CT1FUH and I'm a history teacher. I have a scholar group for Hamradio in Portugal
           The club call is CS5GVA and you can see us on QRZ.com. 

           Why ham radio into an official school? 
            I did academic work in 2013 to prove the importance of the school clubs.
            In this work we studied the contribution of school clubs in the promotion of learning with regards to educational success. 
            This case study took place in Gouveia Interschools Network and focused on a group of students who attend the school amateur radio club. 
            Our aim was to analyze – and possibly confirm- the positive effects of the students' involvement in extracurricular activities like the amateur radio club on their personal development and academic achievement. 
            The growing importance that amateur radio has gained in this school context, as well as the advantages it presents for students and the school community - both from a social and solidarity point of view - justify the choice of this object of investigation. Forty seven students - who are members of the radio club -, sixteen teachers, five parents, and the researcher as a participant observer, participated in this research. 
            The dissertation begins by presenting a theoretical approach to extracurricular activities and school clubs. It draws on a framework of what amateur radio is, either as a hobby or as an aid in the development of academic skills. The history of the club's communications in Gouveia Interschools Network is told from its beginning to the present days.
            The second part presents the methodology adopted for this case study, as well as the analysis of the information gathered through the “insider” investigator's observations, testimonials from the students who participated in the club, the data collected from surveys administered to the club students and to the teachers connected to these students, and the interviews to the students’ parents. We also analyzed data related to the activities of the club, to the student’s level of satisfaction from attending the school, dynamics of inclusion, personal and social skills, school performance, general knowledge, the school dropout rates and school results. This study showed the high value added by extracurricular activities and nonformal education. Finally it also demonstrated that clubs are an important part of the students’ curriculum options because they offer them extra motivation beyond the national curriculum. The important role that an amateur radio club plays in a school is hereby confirmed.

      73´s      CT1FUH Paulo Sousa
            

Neil Rapp WB9VPG via groups.arrl.org <neilrapp=yahoo.com@...> escreveu no dia sábado, 11/12/2021 à(s) 18:08:

[Edited Message Follows]

Hi!  I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.  I am an instructional designer and chemistry instructor in Union, KY just across the river from Cincinnati.  Currently, I'm teaching at Xavier University in Cincinnati and Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington, KY.  For the last 28 years, I've taught high school chemistry and sponsored ham radio clubs at Bloomington High School South (K9SOU) in Bloomington, IN and Harrison High School (WA9HHS) in Evansville, IN.  We were extremely active in contesting and School Club Roundup until COVID happened.  I was the president of the University of Southern Indiana (W9MOK) ARC in Evansville, IN during undergrad.  I'm a graduate of TI-1 with WA8SME and TI-2 with N8MS.  I'm also a member of the ARISS-US Education Committee and the IARU Region 2 Youth Working Group (YOTA). I've been a ham since age 5, so youth in ham radio is my passion.

For the last 2 years, I've been organizing Youth on the Air (YOTA) for the Americas.  I was the camp director for our first camp in 2021, and will be the director for 2022 before handing the responsibilities off to the youth and stepping into a consulting role.  Our focus with YOTA is retaining and building a community of our licensed youth in ham radio, primarily high school and college students so far.  In the longer range plan, we hope to offer some camps for the 10-15 year old range as well. We are currently in December YOTA month, a special event around the world with all operators under the age of 26.  If you haven't seen the video highlights from camp, check us out on YouTube at Youth on the Air!  Our website is youthontheair.org.

73,
Neil WB9VPG


Re: Welcome

Paulo Sousa
 

Hello my friends

    I'm Paulo Sousa CT1FUH.

    A have a school Group of young boys and girls to learn Ham radio. 
    The call is CS5GVA.

      Please take a look in to QRZ.com for CS5GVA or previoselly CS2GVA.

    73´s

      Paulo Sousa CT1FUH   
      Hamradio teacher for CS5GVA 

Steve Goodgame K5ATA <sgoodgame@...> escreveu no dia sábado, 11/12/2021 à(s) 02:36:

Glad to have you, Anthony!


Re: Welcome: Introduce yourself!

Neil Rapp WB9VPG
 
Edited

Hi!  I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.  I am an instructional designer and chemistry instructor in Union, KY just across the river from Cincinnati.  Currently, I'm teaching at Xavier University in Cincinnati and Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington, KY.  For the last 28 years, I've taught high school chemistry and sponsored ham radio clubs at Bloomington High School South (K9SOU) in Bloomington, IN and Harrison High School (WA9HHS) in Evansville, IN.  We were extremely active in contesting and School Club Roundup until COVID happened.  I was the president of the University of Southern Indiana (W9MOK) ARC in Evansville, IN during undergrad.  I'm a graduate of TI-1 with WA8SME and TI-2 with N8MS.  I'm also a member of the ARISS-US Education Committee and the IARU Region 2 Youth Working Group (YOTA). I've been a ham since age 5, so youth in ham radio is my passion.

For the last 2 years, I've been organizing Youth on the Air (YOTA) for the Americas.  I was the camp director for our first camp in 2021, and will be the director for 2022 before handing the responsibilities off to the youth and stepping into a consulting role.  Our focus with YOTA is retaining and building a community of our licensed youth in ham radio, primarily high school and college students so far.  In the longer range plan, we hope to offer some camps for the 10-15 year old range as well. We are currently in December YOTA month, a special event around the world with all operators under the age of 26.  If you haven't seen the video highlights from camp, check us out on YouTube at Youth on the Air!  Our website is youthontheair.org.

73,
Neil WB9VPG

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