The CMS STEM Club enjoyed a visit from amateur radio enthusiast Wayne Gearing (K2WG). Mr. Gearing is the grandfather of 6th grade student and STEM Club member Brandon Gearing, with whom he sent in some information on amateur radios, commonly called “ham” radios, to share with the club. Brandon distributed the information, pens and bookmarks and shared how his grandfather uses radios to communicate with people from all over the world. The STEM club found this very interesting and invited Mr. Gearing to come in and give a presentation at their December 20th meeting. Mr. Gearing gave a brief history of amateur radio and how the term “ham” was adopted by congress. He also shared some ham postcards he received from other amateurs around the world, including countries like Germany and Argentina. Next, Mr. Gearing demonstrated how the radio works. Each student had the opportunity to speak on the radio and connect with another “ham,” using proper ham lingo like “74,” which they learned means goodbye and have a nice day!
STEM Club is advised by CMS teachers Mrs. Thorsen and Mrs. Ladd.