An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Dorothy Grant Elementary, Fontana, CA on 27 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:31 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K6DGE. The contact should be audible over the western 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.
Dorothy Grant Elementary School opened its doors in August 2004 and was named after a local prominent, nationally renowned civil rights leader who passed away in April 2013. Mrs. Grant was vested in education, and could be seen most mornings at our school gates welcoming our students to school.
Our school is a community school located in the middle of a residential neighborhood and serves over 780 students in preschool through grade 5. We also have an early childhood special education program and Special Day Class for 5th grade students. Many of our students participate in our after-school program, as well as a variety of school clubs that are headed by teachers or parents, such as the gardening club.
Dorothy Grant Elementary School proudly earned the California Department of Education's 2013 Title I Academic Achievement Award and is a California Distinguished School. This prestigious honor is a reflection of the school's system of support for all students at all learning levels. Innovative intervention strategies and differentiated instruction greatly impacted school-wide student performance to meet state and federal standards of excellence.
On October 27, 2012, the Dorothy Grant Elementary Amateur Radio Club was established. Each year nearly 50 students in the 4th and 5th grades learn about amateur radio and participate in activities and programs that teach them about electronics and radio communication techniques. Amateur radio has enhanced reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and communication skills for all students. The club recently installed a 50 ft. Rohn tower and beam antenna in hopes of making more international contacts on 10, 15, and 20 meters. The use of technology is strongly emphasized throughout the curriculum and used as a tool to enhance class lessons.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Why did you want to become an astronaut?
2. How many years did you have to study to be an astronaut and what kind of
classes did you have to take?
3. On Earth we have plants for oxygen and in space there are no plants, so
how do you get oxygen?
4. How do you shave and cut your hair while in space and what do you do with
the hair you cut off?
5. If water floats in space, how do you take a shower?
6. We know it gets very hot and very cold in space, how do you survive those
7. Do you think we will ever find another source of life out in space and
8. What are the pros and cons of living in space?
9. How long do you usually stay on the International Space Station and what
kind of experiments do you do?
10. If one of the astronauts becomes sick in space, how do you handle it?
11. Are worm-holes real and have any space craft with astronauts ever safely
gone through one?
12. How do you stay healthy and fit while up in space?
13. What do you do for fun while on the space station?
14. Do you have a specific mission plan, and how will you complete it?
15. While you are living on the space station, how do you stay in contact
with your family?
16. How do you get your favorite food into space?
17. Why does it take 45 minutes to put on your space suit?
18. How do your experiments affect life on Earth?
19. What happens if the power goes out on the ISS? What would you have to
20. How do you throw away trash in space?
21. If you wanted to send pictures to your family, how would you send them
from the ISS to Earth?
22. How does the ISS control itself at night when everyone is sleeping?
23. How many computers are on the space station and why are there so many?
24. We know you use anywhere from 70 to 100 tools on a space-walk. How do
you keep them organized and keep them from floating away?
25. Why do you have to breath pure oxygen for an hour before going on a
26. When you come back to Earth, what will you miss most about space?
27. If you compared the size of the space station to something on Earth,
what would you compare it to?
28. What is your biggest fear while working on the space station?
29. What is the most beautiful thing you have seen from the ISS?
30. Can you see city lights all the way from the space station?
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Next planned event(s):
1. Gymnasium Siegburg Alleestraße, Siegburg, Germany, direct via DN6KW
Mon, 01Sept2014, 13:12 UTC
Current plans are to stream this contact via Ham TV.
2. Evansville Day School, Evansville, IN, direct via TBD
Wed, 03Sept2014, 14:31:59 UTC
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.
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/
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN
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