The Lakes Area Amateur Radio Club (LAARC) sponsored the Amateur Radio Relay League's Kid's Day event at the Darien Town Hall at 12:00 Noon January 2, 2011. They sent press releases to all area schools.
The program was a big success - with about 70 parents and their children attending.
After a short presentation the hams demonstrated how hams relay severe weather reports to the National Weather Service via amateur radio. Word is that the children's eyes got big and round, and the kids especially liked the Morse Code table.
Below are some photographs of the event. Click on each image for larger version.
The two organizers of the event, Mike Bartalone (Chairperson), and Kathy Hinds (Co-Chairperson) appear in the far right photograph.
Below is the flyer that was sent to all area schools:
The ARRL is the national association for amateur radio. Amateur radio is involved in a lot of things that are important to schools these days, namely, math, and science, as well as public service, such as storm spotting/reporting, providing communications support during disasters, and for many community events, such as the "Fall Color Festival" bike race in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, and the annual 'Tub Run" motorcycle rally to benefit MD.
Kids Day is an on-air event to encourage young people (licensed or not) to have fun with Amateur Radio. It is designed to give on-the-air experience to youngsters and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams (amateur radio operators) a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with children.