Mission Accomplished:  Bishop Hendricken 
and St. Mary Academy-Bay View Students 
Conduct Rhode Island's 
1st High School Space-to-School Chat

Paolo Nespoli
Watch highlights from the November 30, 2017 "RI Space Chat #2" when 16 students from Bishop Hendricken High School and St. Mary Academy - Bay View pose their questions to orbiting astronaut Paolo Nespoli

As the space station travelled at 17,500 mph, these students made history by participating in Rhode Island's first-ever, high school space chat.  The goal was to ignite their interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). 

May 2016 ARISS event logo

This rare school-to-space radio contact gave Rhode Island students the opportunity to dream big and expand their interests in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM). 

This space chat brought together the sciences with the arts.

ISS Event

Since 2001 international space agencies have partnered with  amateur radio organizations to connect schools from around the world with orbiting astronauts via "ham" radio contact. 

Five Bishop Hendricken students have already earned their FCC amateur radio licenses and  played key technical roles in the production of this unique event. 

Many adult volunteers from the Rhode Island ham radio community also helped with this complex undertaking.

ISS event logo

According to the 2016 Brookings report given to Gov Raimondo, Rhode Island' needs a much larger STEAM-skilled talent pool in order to attract and grow 21st Century advanced industries. 

Bishop Hendricken has a rich tradition of excellence in Catholic education for young men. It has graduated 400+ National Merit and Commended Scholars in the past 50 years.