Grant: NRAO – Why Ham Radio Matters

Date: May 2022
Amount: $315,123

With this project, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) aims to meet the challenge of educating emerging generations about the electromagnetic spectrum through an interactive, substantive experience with amateur radio, with particular focus on broadening the excitement of amateur radio among BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students.

Bringing together the expertise of the NRAO, its cadre of amateur radio enthusiasts, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), and additional enthusiasts and subject matter experts, the goal of this two-year project is to:

  1. Introduce two cohorts of students to radio technologies.
  2. Develop a scalable curriculum to be shared nationwide (and internationally).
  3. Engage a new generation of students in hands on activities that will deepen their subject knowledge.
  4. Help students obtain their Technician and General Class amateur radio licenses.

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