Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS)
NRAO and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is excited to announce that we have received grant funding from Amateur Radio Digital Communications for a new 2-year project, “Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS)”. This 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 project goals are to:
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.
With an expected student-facing training launch in January 2023, we have the following tasks ahead of us this summer and fall: