This page contains links to media stories covering the ham radio booth (“Project Big E”) and the ARISS contact (“BIG E Space Chat”).
BIG E Media
Under “Things to Do | The BIG E Space Chat Experience”: https://www.thebige.com/p/thingstodo/the-big-e-space-chat-experience
September 21: The BIG E Marketing team designed the this flyer insert to distribute to all fair attendees on September 27 (Space Chat Day).
September 23: The BIG E Facebook page posted this story: https://www.facebook.com/TheBigE/photos/a.120098668522/10160441380328523/
September 25: The BIG E newspaper (“The Daily Chick-E Sez”) carried a photo of the earth from outer space superimposed with a daily countdown and the text “SPACE CHAT LAUNCHING IN … AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE IS ALMOST HERE!”
September 28: “This Has Been the BIG E Chat Experience, Over!” posted in The Daily Chick-E Sez newspaper.
New England students at the Big E Arena will make live radio contact with an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits 260 miles above the Earth, traveling at 17,500 mph. The specific date and time will be determined by NASA and is expected to be between Sept. 27 and Sept. 29. The date and time will be announced at thebige.com and on social media.
As part of an educational program intended to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, the Space Chat is an out-of-this-world opportunity brought to students and Big E fairgoers by amateur (ham) radio operators. Thirteen students from New England Sci-Tech of Natick have been selected to take part in the contact experience at the Big E.
WWLP TV News
9/23: A live chat is being hosted at The Big E fair with astronauts on the International Space Station. Students from New England Sci-Tech of Natick will have a “Space Chat” with Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators. This event allows 13 students from Sci-Tech of Natick to talk to an astronaut on the ISS as it orbits 260 miles above the earth, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour.
9/26: “It was a big moment at The Big E Tuesday for a select group of young STEM students who made contact with astronauts on the International Space Station. It was an out of this world experience that was months in the making for students from New England Sci-Tech. They conducted a live space-chat with astronauts on the International Space Station, 260 miles above the Earth.”
9/27: Students involved in an educational program intended to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities will have the opportunity to talk with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS). At the Big E Arena on Tuesday students will speak via live radio with U.S. Astronaut Bob Hines. The ISS is currently in orbit 260 miles above the Earth, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour.
Morning Gag Clips
The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, MA
“The Big E returns to West Springfield Sept. 16 to Oct. 2. Musical attractions include Dropkick Murphys, G-Eazy, Brantley Gilbert, Nelly, Sublime and more. Other attractions include a return of Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula Showcase, the Big E Space Chat Experience, and signature food including the Big E Cream Puff and Craz-E Burger, a farmers market and wine barn, and a 600-pound butter sculpture. There’s also a horse show, ox pulling and sheepdog trials. For full details and tickets, go to TheBigE.com.
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“… Other attractions include Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula Showcase, the Big E Space Chat Experience …”
Western Mass News
September 26: “Thirteen New England students will make live radio contact with Astronaut Bob Hines on the International Space Station as it orbiting 260 miles above the earth on Tuesday at The Big E.”
September 28: “Mary stopped by the Better Living Center to learn more about ham radios and ARRL’s mission to educate and spawn interest in the program.”