[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Midvalley Elementary, Midvale, Utah

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Nov 30 13:16:57 PST 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Midvalley  Elementary, Midvale, Utah on 02 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:13 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W7SP. The contact should be audible over the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Midvalley Elementary is a 52 year old school, part of the new Canyons School District. We serve about 540 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. We also house four classes of Head Start students and the area office. Midvalley is located in a stable middle class community in Midvale City where parents have a high interest in school. The mission of the Midvalley staff is to recognize the uniqueness of each child, to nurture self-esteem; to provide a sound academic learning environment; and to foster appropriate social skills and promote responsible citizenship. 
Midvalley teachers work hard for the benefit of students; parents are an integral part of the team. Many give numerous volunteer hours in PTA, School Community Council, individual classrooms and in a highly successful Reading Intervention Program. Midvalley partners with several community businesses that give financial and volunteer support.
We are excited about the opportunity we have with this planned ARISS contact to increase student interest and knowledge in science, space, radio and corresponding subjects. 


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


1.  What inspired you to be an astronaut, and did Neil Armstrong have   

    anything to do with it?
2.  How do you decide which experiments to take into space, and which is the 

    most important one onboard ISS?
3.  Which parts on the International Space Station need repairs the most? 
4.  What is an average day like on the International Space Station?
5.  What is the most important thing you brought with you to the 

    International Space Station?
6.  Were you scared to go aboard the International Space Station? If so, what 

    did you think might happen?
7.  How many years of schooling does it take to become an astronaut?
8.  What do you do to get ready for a spacewalk, and how long does it take?
9.  How do you stay healthy in space?
10. How do you get cold, warm, or hot water up there to take showers?
11. How do you know what is going on in your hometown, do you get the news?
12. What is it like to work with different people on the International Space 

13. What kind of foods do you eat, and how is it different than normal food 

    on earth?
14. How do you get to the International Space Station and back to earth?
15. Does it get crowded on the International Space Station with all of the 

    people and equipment?
16. What does your spacesuit do for you, and what would happen without it?
17. How do you sleep on the International Space Station?
18. What kind of games do you play, and how do you play them?
19. How old is the International Space Station and how long will it be in    

20. Do you have any animals on the International Space Station? If so, what 

    are they?



Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact. 


Next planned event(s):




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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