I just received this email that was forwarded by Fried.
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From: Fried Heyn(ARRL SW Director) [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2001 7:55 PMSubject: The Big Project -
Many of you have contacted the ARRL with questions pertaining to the new
Amateur Radio Education Project (aka The Big Project) within the last
year. Rosalie White, K1STO, Manager of the F&ES division, received your
inquiries and cataloged them in anticipation of hiring a Coordinator for
The Big Project. It took longer than expected to find someone to fill
the position but on September 4th I began work at ARRL headquarters.
Some of you have a history of working with the League through the
National Educational Workshops, writing articles on building project and
lessons you have had success with, or participated in SAREX or ARISS.
Others are interested in getting involved in a project on the national
scale. What ever you reasons, I want to encourage you to share your
creative talents with the youth of America. Share your love for Amateur
Radio and your love for education by helping develop a first-class
curriculum that we all can be proud of.
Like many of you I have used Amateur Radio to enhance my teaching. I
used it as part of my curriculum, as an enrichment tool and at other
times, just as a school club activity. I have had fund raisers for
equipment and spent weekends with my students working contests. I know
what it is to spend money out of pocket to buy materials, books, and
donated equipment to "The Club" in hopes of increasing student interest
in my classes and Amateur Radio. These are things teachers do, without
fanfare, that the public doesn't see. Weather you are a classroom
teacher or an instructor for your club, the reward comes with seeing
young peoples eyes when they "get it." When they see the connections
a new part of the world opens up to them, and they grow.
It is in this context I have made my commitment to ARRL President, Jim
Haynie, W5JPB, and Vice President Kay Craigie, WT3P, to coordinate "The
Big Project." I say coordinate, because this is not any one persons
project. It cannot be done by just sitting down and developing a group
lesson plans. I envision a large scale, on going, continuous
improvement, educational endeavor, driven by those in the field using
materials and equipment, and working with students.
Are you a licensed Amateur Radio Operator working in the teaching field,
interested in participating in a group forum for the purpose of
developing a curriculum for "The Big Project?" Are you a licensed
Radio Operator teaching classes with your local club? Are you an
unlicensed teacher, interested in the possibilities Amateur Radio can
offer your students? It's time to get on board. E-Mail me at the ARRL
headquarters kh6hu(a)arrl.net <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> and I'll put you on
"The List." Many of you are "Registered Teachers" already on "The List"
but, as you know, teachers don't always stay at one school and don't
always let us know, so there is a need to update "The List." So drop me
an E-Mail and we'll start "The Big Project" train down the track.
Jerry Hill, KH6HU
Coordinator for the
Amateur Radio Education Project
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111-1494
(860) 594-0369 kh6hu(a)arrl.net