Youth Activities

Youth Activities

Jamboree on the Air, known by its acronym JOTA, is an international scouting activity held annuallyon the third full weekend in October. Amateur radio operators from all over the world participate with over 500,000 Scouts and Guides to teach them about radio and to assist them to contact their fellow Scouts and Guides by means of amateur radio. This provides the Scouts and Guides with a means of learning about fellow Scouts and Guides from around the world. The event is recognized as one of international participation by the various Scout and Guide organisations, and supports several awards which are a part of Scouting and Guiding program. TheBoy Scouts of America recognizes this as an international scouting event for the World Merit Badge.

School Club Roundup – ARRL 

The American Radio Relay League twice a year sponsors a meeting on the air to make contact with and exchange information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate also.The Winter/Spring term is February 12-16, 2018 and the Fall term dates are October 15-19, 2018. One of the best parts of School Club Roundup is showing off your team members and station. Other participants will enjoy hearing about how you performed and reading the story of your contest. You can upload photos and text via the ARRL soapbox web page.

Kids Day

Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public! Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.Saturday, January 6 & Saturday June 16, 2018. Kids Day always runs from 1800 UTC through 2359 UTC. Operate as much or as little as you like. 

Radio and Wireless Technology in the Classroom

Activities that teachers have initiated in their classrooms include: 

Using weather imagery gathered by students for environmental studies. 

Using TV remotes to control simulated “smart homes”. 

Radio Direction Finding (RDF) activities to study how naturalists track wildlife. 

Geography lessons using QSL card (postcards collected from ham contacts around the world). 

A school wide space exploration curriculum including radio stations to receive signals from satellites in space. 

Receiving and interpreting satellite telemetry. 

Building and using a radio telescope to explore the fundamentals of radio astronomy. 

Using GPS and APRS systems to track high altitude balloons and simulated search and rescue activities. 

Building and soldering electronic kits. 

Living radio history by building and using crystal radios. 

Receiving and studying naturally generated radio signals. 

Using VLF signals to study sudden ionospheric disturbances of the ionosphere. 

Programming and using microcontrollers to interface and control electronic devices and sensors. 

Mounting wireless sensors to land and marine robots to collect data for environment research. 

Controlling robots remotely by radio, and via satellite (the ISS) to simulate to simulate space research. 

Using EchoLink and IRLP resources to explore the connections between the Internet and radio systems for world-wide communication activities. 

Using ATV to connect students with video sharing of classroom activities. 

Learning about public service through school based emergency communications programs