Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS)
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The Application Period for the pilot "Wave 2" cohort is now open!
The 2023 "Wave 1" Cohort is ongoing.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is excited about the funding that we have received from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to deliver a new 2-year project, “Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS)”.
This innovative project will educate high school and college students about the electromagnetic spectrum while sharing the excitement of amateur (ham) radio among BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students.
The EMS Ham Radio Project:
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NRAO was selected for this project because of our proven track record of bringing together excellent content experts and best equity practices to bring underrepresented minority students to the sciences.
While perhaps unfamiliar to many, amateur radio (also known as 'ham radio') provides a hands-on entry point to understanding the radio spectrum and its practical uses. Thus, it can be an entry to a career in sciences, a life-long citizen scientist hobby, or an important part of community emergency infrastructure and response.
We know it’s not enough to just “invite” BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students to the table. In addition to technical knowledge and experience, we will also provide the following support structures to all student participants:
This project is made possible by a generous grant from the Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC).
We would also like to thank the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for donating license manuals and other learning materials and acknowledge the Tuscon Amateur Packet Radio and the Young Amateurs Radio Club for their administrative and technical support in this endeavor.