[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Parkside Middle School, San Bruno, CA

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Mar 5 19:32:10 UTC 2018

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Parkside Middle School, San Bruno, CA on 07 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:05 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K6PVJ The contact should be audible over the state of California 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.



Parkside Middle School has a diverse student population of almost 900 students, grades 6 through 8 with more than 20 languages spoken, including Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Pacific Islanders. Ours is an economically disadvantaged district in an otherwise affluent area. 4 out of Every 10 Students Receive Free or Reduced Lunch. Our science and math teachers and students are very excited about hosting an ARISS contact. One special characteristic of our school district is a STEM magnet program in one of our grade schools. The students from that school help carry a great enthusiasm for STEM and the maker movement into the middle school and share it with the student population at large. Our science curricula include atmosphere, include layers, and weather, biology including the effects of gravity versus micro-gravity, climate, coding and robotics in an after school program, history with how the constellations and planets got their names, geography including land forms and tectonics, soil and erosion, making model lunar rovers, exploring re-entry for orbital launch vehicles, making and launching rockets, and a number of activities around waves, including sound and radio. We have established contacts with the local print, radio and televisions stations, as well as a social media community of more than 1,000 active participants. We'll have a sequence of events, with press releases and online reminders building up to the event. We will also engage our local cable channel and our very active Next-door communities. 



Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. How does being in space affect your body's overall health?

2. What is it like when you see spacecraft launch from earth and how does the 

   spacecraft attach to the space station?  Is it like a jet way for a plane?

3. What does it feel like after you've been in space with no gravity and you 

   are back on earth?

4. Do you become light headed in space?

5. Is it common to have to fix things on the space station, either on the 

   inside or the outside of the station.

6. Do you have to wear special shoes inside the space station? What are they 


7. When the falcon heavy launch carrying the Tesla that SpaceX launched into 

   space have you seen the Tesla yet?

8. What is it like to live without gravity?  What is the worst part?  What is 

   the best part?

9. Is space food good or bad?  Is drinking water like blowing then eating 


10. Do you get TV and internet in space?




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About ARISS: 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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