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Friday Educational Presentations

An Invitation to Students, Parents and Educators

On Friday evening, October 27th,  the Amateur Radio Satellite Corp. (AMSAT)
will present a free aerospace educational session for students,  parents and
educators.  AMSAT, a non profit volunteer organization,  is a worldwide
group of amateur (ham) radio operators who share an active interest in
building, launching, and then communicating with each other through
non-commercial amateur radio satellites.  This year their annual symposium
is being held at the Holiday Inn West, 81 Riverside St. Portland, ME on
October 27-29.  On Friday evening, the 27th, you are invited to attend the
following free presentations:   "Searching for Life Among the Stars", Dr.
Paul Shuch, Seti League;  "Cansats: What to do With Your Used Pop Cans",
Prof. Robert Twiggs, Stanford Univ; "Project Starshine", Prof. R. Gilbert
Moore;  "Aerospace Science in the Schoolhouse and Home", Peter Hurd,
Director, Aerospace Science Laboratory, Houlton, ME.
Each of these presentations is intended to encourage learning and
experimentation in the sciences, particularly aerospace.  Information on
each of these topics is available on the internet.  Presentations will begin
at 6:30 pm.  For more information contact Caroline Caswell, 883-3362, e-mail

"Searching for Life Among the Stars"    H. Paul Shuch, Ph.D, DFII, FBIS

Since the formation of the nonprofit, membership-supported SETI League in
1994, H. Paul Shuch has served as its Executive Director, coordinating its
science mission and delivering hundreds of SETI presentations to thousands
of enthusiasts in a dozen countries on five continents and more than half of
the United States.
Dr. SETI's unique mix of science and song seeks to educate as well as
entertain. He compels the listener to contemplate a fundamental question
which has haunted humankind since first we realized that the points of light
in the night sky are other suns:  Are We Alone?

"CanSats: What to Do With Your Used Pop Cans"   Prof. Robert Twiggs,
Stanford Univ

The CanSat Project is a collaborative effort between Japanese and United
States Universities to build very simple picosatellites, launch and operate
them in space by November 1999.  Why?  Because it is premier example of a
way to challenge innovative students to get hands-on experience in the
life-cycle (one year or less) of a space project.
If you have any questions about the CanSat nanosatellite project please
contact the Prof. Robert Twiggs (btwiggs@leland.stanford.edu)

      A new picosatellite size has been proposed.
      Can a satellite the size of a Coke Can perform any useful space
      Can this project serve as a useful education project?

"Project Starshine"    Prof. R. Gilbert Moore

Several small, optically reflective spherical "STARSHINE" student
satellites, built by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, are being deployed
by NASA from Hitchhiker canisters in Space Shuttle cargo bays into highly
inclined low earth orbits at a rate of once every year or so.  The
satellites are covered with nearly 900 small, front-surface aluminum mirrors
that are machined by technology students in Utah and polished by tens of
thousands of students all over the world. The first of these satellites,
called Starshine 1, was deployyed into a circular orbit 387kilometers (230
statute miles) high by the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery on June 5, 1999.
Information on current projects and availability of mirror polishing kits is
available on the Starshine web site.

      Prof. R. Gilbert Moore, Starshine Project Director
      3855 Sierra Vista Road, Monument, CO 80132.
      Telephone and FAX number are both (719)488-0721  Email

"Aerospace Science in the Schoolhouse and Home"   Pete Hurd, N1SS
  Director, Aerospace Science Laboratory, Greater Houlton (Maine) Christian

Started and operated as a labor of love, Maine's only aerospace science lab
under roof for K-12 students seems to be working as a viable concept in this
small town in the northeast corner of the USA. Developed around the notion
that when aviation, HAM radio, space flight technologies  are gently mixed
with teaching math, science, geography and foreign languages in the
classroom, students come to play in this 'aerospace field of dreams.'  Now
approaching its third year of operation, the small lab located in an old
school at the beginning of I-95 on the Canadian border is an educational
experiment in identifying  young students interested in the aerospace field
and being a mentor to them as they proceed toward higher education. How HAM
radio's AMSAT technology plays a key role in this process should be a 'must
hear' talk for any professional educator, parent or student with an interest
in aerospace. In this unique aerospace science lab .... it's an educational
experience for both students AND teachers.

Notes on speaker's background:
-FCC HAM radio license 46 years; Extra Class
-Professionally involved in aviation/aerospace technology for past 40+ years
-AMSAT-NA & ARRL Life Member
-Not a professional or state-certified teacher; volunteer only

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