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Bishop O’Connell science teacher named to U.S. education committee

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) group has named Melissa Pore, a science teacher at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, to its U.S. Education Committee.


Pore teaches engineering and technology at O’Connell. Previously, she was director of technology programs and a computer teacher at nearby St. Thomas More Cathedral School, where she helped students successfully build and launch the first elementary school satellite as part of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative.

Pore is also a member of the Goddard Amateur Radio Club, AMSAT of North America and the American Radio Relay League. She earned her first amateur radio license in 2014 and presently holds an FCC Technician Class license as KM4CZN.

The ARISS program provides learning opportunities by connecting students via real-time amateur radio contacts to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The program is possible because of a partnership between NASA, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, the American Radio Relay League, and other amateur radio organizations and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe.

The program's goal is to inspire students worldwide to pursue interests and STEM careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by doing hands-on activities about space and amateur radio.

The ARISS-US Education Committee provides guidance on the educational aspect of the program. Pore joins a small group of educators from across the United States named to the committee.

“I am honored to join the ARISS team of educators, engineers and innovators who are leaping beyond our earthly foothold to inspire the next generation of explorers," said Pore. "With more than 1,130 amateur radio contacts directly between students and astronauts, this program is an important aspect of the space program's educational outreach, and I am thrilled to be a part of this."


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017