School Wins ARRL Grant

The Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center was one of just four schools to receive an ARRL Education & Technology Program grant 

Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center science instructor David Pentecost KC8WEB sent a grant request to the Amateur Radio Relay League seeking funds for amateur radio station equipment with the intent of augmenting the engineering program and attracting interested students into the world of wireless communication and other related technologies.

The ARRL announced this week that Pickaway-Ross was one of just four schools across the country to be selected for a grant from the organization's Education & Technology Program, providing support for three years.

There are several educational benefits to the program, said Pentecost, himself an FCC-licensed amateur radio operator.

For a student, it’s learning about the electromagnetic spectrum and how it works, that would probably be the primary scientific benefit
— David Pentecost KC8WEB

It also will expose students to what makes wireless technology work, allow them to explore more deeply into the world of electronics and basic radio system operations and give some the opportunity to earn one of three levels of FCC amateur radio licenses.

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