An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Melbourne Grammar School, Grimwade House, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia on 25 March. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:43 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the 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.
Melbourne Grammar School - Grimwade House is a co-educational Primary School with 650 students aged from 5 to 12 years old. Grimwade House bases its education on the Australian Curriculum. One of the Major Learning Areas outlined in the Australian Curriculum is Science. Grimwade House is fortunate to have a purpose built Science room and a teacher who is dedicated to and passionate about the teaching of Science. All students from Prep to Year 4 have one lesson of Science per week and Year 5 and Year 6 students have a double lesson of Science each fortnight.
Students investigate features of the Earth's interior:
Students investigate the relative distances of the planets in our solar system:
Students investigate constellations seen in the night skies in the Southern Hemisphere:
Students investigate shadows and their relationship to light sources in Space:
Students investigate propulsion:
Students investigate insulation and other elements astronauts need to consider when exploring our place in Space.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What is it like inside the rocket when it takes off from earth?
2. Do you have much time to relax on the ISS, and if so, what do you do
during your free time?
3. Can you describe how it feels to float around weightless?
4. When you get back to Earth, do you think you will feel relieved, sad or
5. Are you missing any type of food, and if so, what is it?
6. When did you know you wanted to go into space and explore it?
7. How long can you stay on the ISS before you need to replenish your
supplies of food, water and air?
8. What is the most interesting experiment you have done this week?
9. How do you feel when you look down to Earth and see your home town from
10. If you could choose between living in space or living on Earth, and your
family could join you at either location, which would you choose and why?
11. If a piece of debris hits the ISS, can it cause any damage, and how
would you fix it if it does?
12. How long are you in the air lock before you do a space walk?
13. If you kick a football from the ISS, would it reach the moon?
14. Do you or any of the other astronauts believe aliens exist?
15. What is the best thing about being on the ISS?
16. What is the scariest part of your job?
17. If you suddenly had to leave the ISS, how long would it take to organise
transport back to Earth?
18. What does it feel like emotionally and physically when you return to
19. Do you feel safe on the ISS?
20. Do you think humans will live in space one day?
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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
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