Galileo STEM Academy students getting ready for space

Posted at 5:18 AM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 00:55:12-04

EAGLE, Idaho — Students from Eagle's Galileo STEM Academy are getting ready for an out of this world experience. Students got to speak directly, in real time, to an astronaut on-board the International Space Station Saturday.

It's a part of Galileo's Quest Demonstration Day. The school had some help from a group of amateur Radio operators in collaboration with NASA. The Galileo Ham Radio Club has been working with local operators to build and test antennas.

"One thing I think is important in the STEM program it's almost like a buzz word and what we have learned from this Galileo STEM Academy -- it's not a buzz word, they live it," said Gene Pintecost, an amateur ham radio operator.

Galileo's Quest Demonstration Day is meant to instill students with a passion for space.