An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Burns Sci-Tech Charter School, Oak Hill, FL on 13 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:21 UTC.
The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KK4KTJ. The contact should be audible over the eastern U.S. and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
Burns Science and Technology Charter School is a K-8 public charter school operating within the Volusia County School District. It is a tuition free school, with an open admission policy. It is located in a rural area in the town of Oak Hill, Florida. The school is a STEM school, offering core curriculum, with emphasis on science, technology, and 21st century literacies. The school has a strong belief that in order to prepare students for success in the 21st century, today's learners must be able to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively, and master an ever growing arena of skills.
The student body is made up of 382 students from all over the Volusia County area. The school has 20 classroom teachers, four special area teachers, and one teaching assistant. The school's mission is to cultivate learners and leaders who are inspired, able, and prepared to make a positive difference in the world.
Through collaborative efforts with the school, NASA representatives, and the Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association, the school is able to house a ham radio club. Amateur operators teaming with school personnel developed, organized, and planned the ARISS contact for September, 2012. Overall about thirty operators are involved in different areas of the activity: loaning equipment, planning strategy, setting up the primary and secondary stations, putting up and taking down antenna assembly, working the activity and taking down equipment to return to owners. These upstanding hams think it is an honor to participate in these activities.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Do you keep your food cold?
2. What do you miss the most about the earth?
3. What food do you miss the most while in space?
4. What is the brightest city you can see from space and how do you know it
is that city?
5. What is one project you are working on now?
6. How do you get oxygen in the ISS?
7. Does being in space affect your metabolism?
8. When you are on a spacewalk were you ever afraid?
9. What do you have Robonaut 2 doing on the ISS now?
10. Do you have a refrigerator?
11. How do you take a bath in space?
12. I'm in the second grade. What do I need to learn so I could become an
13. What planets can you see from the ISS?
14. What did you learn in space that surprised you?
15. Do you ever get claustrophobic and if so, what can you do about it?
16. Are you hungrier or less hungry in space?
17. We have our own ham radio club, when is the best time to make an
unscheduled contact with the ISS?
18. Do you think that mankind or families will ever be able to live in space?
19. How do you recycle water to drink on the ISS?
20. Who or what inspired you to become an astronaut?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):
1. Zespól Szkól Technicznych w Kole, Kolo, Poland, direct via SP3PGZ
Wed, 19Sept12 07:15 UTC
2. Sunset Hills Elementary, San Diego, CA, direct via KI6LZN
Thu, 20Sept12 17:24 UTC
3. Lafayette Middle School, Lafayette, GA, direct via W4LMS
Fri, 21Sept12 15:03 UTC
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN