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Pinson Valley High Selected by the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station)
Posted on 09/20/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Pinson Valley High Selected by the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station)Pinson Valley High School, KN4BBD, has been selected by the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) U.S. program to move to phase 2 toward participating in a scheduled Amateur Radio contact with the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018. Michael Turner is principal of Pinson Valley High School. Prepared by a faculty team led by Jennifer Moore, the school's proposal is one of 13 by U.S. educational organizations that will move to the second phase of the process. The school will enter phase 2 of the proposal process and
submit an equipment plan for review and acceptance by the ARISS program. Once accepted, the school's availability must match radio contact opportunities that NASA can offer between January and June of 2018. During the proposed ARISS contact Pinson Valley High School students will have the opportunity to interview an astronaut live on board the International Space Station as the ISS travels across the horizon orbiting approximately 250 miles above the earth’s surface.

The pursuit of this educational opportunity stretches across all content areas and includes civic involvement as well as the entire school feeder pattern. Jennifer Moore, English teacher, said, "The ARISS program provides a unique opportunity to expose our students to a multitude of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) careers, many of which our students can pursue at nearby colleges such as UAB. It will help us reach our goal of graduating college and career-ready young adults."

Pinson Valley High School will partner with the Southern Museum of Flight, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club’s Amateur Radio Advancement Group among other organizations to make the proposed ARISS event possible.

Pinson Valley High School is a 9-12 school in the Jefferson County School District located at 6895 Highway 75, Pinson, AL 35126. Its feeder pattern includes Pinson Elementary, Kermit Johnson Elementary, and Rudd Middle School.

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