WW0WWV would like to connect with your school!
Although the main goal of the special event amateur radio station is to make as many contacts with amateurs in the United States and the rest of the world, we recognize the event also offers an opportunity to add a get-on-the-air station and schedule contacts with schools, museums, and groups, and experience a more engaging contact than just a signal report exchange and a QSL (contact) card in the mail.
For schools, we are looking across the curriculum to align our event with a variety of subject areas and educational levels. The WWV Centennial highlights the historic, cultural, and scientific importance of invention, technology, and mass communications. We hope to connect with schools and share lessons with WWV and radio as a theme. Our educational goal is to provide curricular, cross-curricular, and level specific lessons. We certainly welcome schools that already have a station or access to one, and we’d like to help schools without stations connect with local hams or amateur clubs that could provide a temporary station or use mobile equipment this fall. We are still months away from having specific lessons developed, and we encourage you to share your ideas with us as well. Also, schools that want to involve more students can request contacts throughout the day, scheduling multiple contacts on a particular day.
For home schools, we encourage you to participate with other home schools as a learning community or group. The shared experience between students, especially at a young age, can be the spark that ignites a student’s lifelong interest.
Museums, especially science museums, may find the event a good opportunity to stress the roll of measurement and the importance of national labs like NIST in setting the science and commerce standards for our country. NIST represents the US contribution to the international scientific community’s pursuit of precise and accurate measurement. We anticipate radio museums will focus on the communications and radio science aspects of WWV. Like schools, museums can schedule multiple contacts in a day. We welcome any comments or ideas and would be glad to tailor an approach appropriate for your institution.
Sign up for a contact with WW0WWV - School Contact Form
If your school is interested in either making a contact or potentially incorporating a lesson, please complete the School Contact Form. Answer as much as you can; the more we know the easier it will be to accommodate for your needs.
We know the end of the school year is a busy time of year, but we encourage you to apply now while you’re thinking about it. You are NOT obligating yourself to any responsibilities or even participating, and we will add schools right until the event. You do NOT need to know your schedule for next year or exactly when you want a contact with the station. Those details will be worked out later.
The WWV 100th anniversary does fall on Rosh Hashonah, and we’ll do our best to schedule schools that may have schedule issues as a result. You can add specifics needs/requests at the end of the School Contact Form.
If you don’t have an amateur radio station, we will try to locate an ARRL affiliated amateur radio club in your community who could help your school or group establish contact.
We will be in touch with all educators, schools, home school groups, and museums throughout the summer with updates and more detailed plans as they develop. Your own plans may change over the summer, so please keep in touch with us. Finalized lesson plans will be available after Labor Day, and schedules should be finalized about a week before the event.
We look forward to sharing this event with your school and thank you for joining in on this unique and historic event. We think it will be an event to remember!