The Amateur Radio Digital Communications foundation (ARDC) is providing funding for amateur radio-related projects at both ends of the education spectrum. According to the ARRL Letter, one grant, aimed at elementary school students, is going to the Science is Elementary organization to fund publication of a radio-themed book in the group’s series of books aimed at helping students solve problems using science. Jasmine and José Build a Radio tells the story of two young people visiting a friend who’s a ham and are inspired to build their own radio. The books will be accompanied by field trips allowing students to build a working radio from simple components.
The second grant is going to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, to fund ongoing work by three recent graduates on a project to encourage experimentation in the 33-centimenter (902 MHz) amateur band.
ARDC also increased its scholarship commitments this year to $750,000. See the following item for details.