VOA Museum Volunteers Teach Lakota Students about Radio Waves
West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WCARA) volunteers at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting demonstrated basic radio facts to students attending ‘Pi Day + 6’ event on March 20 in West Chester, OH.
Almost 2,000 Lakota school district students and their parents attended the second annual Lakota LEADS Pi Day STEM event intended to pique student interest in science, technology, engineering and math concepts.
VOA Museum volunteer and new board member Joe Gruber managed a team of engineers who created an exhibit with interactive lab activities covering basic magnetism, electro-magnets and induction, electromagnetic waves and modulation. Attendees also had fun challenging the VOA ‘Power Tower’, a maker project created by the VOA team. Lakota West High School physics students Logan Brown, Drew Martin and Caroline Carroll helped explain concepts to school children from grades K-8.
The VOA Museum booth which is sponsored by Intel Corporation was one of 50 displays at the event. Pi is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.
“We were excited about sharing our technical expertise and knowledge with the students,” said Jack Dominic, VOA museum executive director. “The cutting edge technology and innovative spirit that built the VOA Bethany Relay Station is alive and well and is the foundation for our outreach to Amateur Radio, maker community and STEM initiatives. The VOA Museum looks forward to becoming a valuable resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related instruction and motivation in our schools.”
The museum at 8070 Tylersville Road in West Chester is undergoing renovation, but is open to he public on the third Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12.
WCARA operates radio station WC8VOA from the historic, art deco VOA Museum building built in 1944.
The VOA museum consists of collections and exhibits from the VOA-Bethany station; Media Heritage’s Greater Cincinnati Museum of Broadcast History; the Gray History of Wireless Museum; and the West Chester Amateur Radio Association control room.
Radio club meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the VOA museum building, with work sessions Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Licensed and prospective amateur radio operators are always welcome. For more information, go to www.wc8voa.org.