My name is Mark and I am a middle school shop teacher in a diverse neighborhood. I teach engineering and manufacturing to some awesome kids in an exciting setting. I am also a licensed General class amateur radio operator.
Several of my Middle School STEM students have expressed an interest in electrical engineering and amateur radio. I am starting an after-school, extra-curricular club of select students in order to give them the opportunity to explore these fields and inspire the next generation of electrical engineers and HAMs. We will study and practice HAM radio concepts with an aim to becoming a licensed operator.
While HAM radio is an interesting hobby, it also meets the criteria of an interdisciplinary curriculum because of the many domains it touches including, electrical engineering, a study of the ionosphere, solar weather, communications, earth and space sciences, mathematics, and more. Amateur radio also provides an opportunity for community involvement through volunteering communication services at public events and during states of emergency, and in conducting events to promote the general interest of radio (such as contacting astronauts on the International Space Station).
Your donation will go to procuring the necessaryequipment for me to start this club for my students: a radio and antenna system, and various curriculum materials.
I would like to begin preparing now to begin the club in the Spring of 2020. We are enormously grateful for your contribution to our club. Thanks for helping to inspire the next generation of electrical engineers and HAM radio operators.