[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with The Derby High School, Bury, UK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Sun Apr 24 02:11:29 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at The Derby High School, Bury, UK on 25 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:02 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between GB1SS and GB1DHS. The contact should be audible over the UK 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.



The Derby High School is a state comprehensive school (11-16 with 855 pupils 2015-16) situated in the town of Bury. The school is co-educational and is proud to be a community school supporting the diverse population of Bury and Radcliffe. 50% of students reside in an area within the top 20% of socio-economic deprivation nationally. The proportion of students who are disadvantaged and supported through the pupil premium is significantly high when compared with most schools. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is well above average. The percentage of students who progress to post-16 studies is high. The school opened in 1958 and in 2003 became the first Science and Arts Specialist College in the country. The school motto: Excellence, Tradition and Imagination embodies all that we strive to achieve.


We are committed to offering a first class academic education with excellent vocational opportunities and preparation for the world of work. Sport is a strength and all our students learn how to 'live well'; to cook, eat healthily and be physically active. Personal, moral, cultural and social education is crucial to the life of our school. Citizenship and ethical education take centre stage in our school.  We seek to equip our children and the wider community, not only to live in the future world, but to shape that future world and create a better tomorrow. We are proud to be the face of modern democratic Britain. Our values are enshrined in the 7 R's: Respectful, Responsible, Reasonable, ready, Resourceful, Resilient and Right Impression


The enrichment and engagement opportunities on offer to pupils at The Derby would probably not be bettered anywhere. From humble beginnings in 2002, the program of events and activities has grown from a single educational visit to over 50 activities on offer year on year to all pupils regardless of ability.


The success of our program has in turn led to national recognition. In 2012 Mr Paul Kerr won an Institute of Physics Teacher Award for excellence in teaching and in recognition for the outstanding commitment to developing an extensive enrichment program. In 2013 the Science Department won the national TES Award for Educational Excellence in Science, and in 2014 was commended in the Science category at The Education Business Awards. In 2015 Mr Paul Kerr was also a finalist at The STEMNET Awards in the category of STEM Leadership. 




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


1.  Tim, You have become an inspiration to young people, how do you feel 

    about this?

2.  Is it be possible to detect dark matter whilst in space?

3.  How do you get enough electricity to power everything we see on the ISS?

4.  Do you think you will get to go on another space mission, and what might 

    it be?

5.  Can disease, as we know it on earth, exist in space?

6.  What everyday task has become more complicated in space?

7.  The Sun looks yellow from Earth, does it look different from space?

8.  If you could invite two guests, past or present to join you for dinner on 

    the ISS who would they be and why?

9.  Does your heart beat faster or slower in space?

10.   Would you encourage your children to become astronauts?

11.   Do molecules and atoms behave differently in space?

12.   Is it easier to see other planets in the Solar System from the ISS?

13.   If you could visit your younger self what would you say about your 


14.   What is your most important experiment and how will we benefit down 

      here on Earth?

15.   Do movies like Gravity give a realistic picture of being in space?

16.   You are completing over 200 experiments. How will they benefit us here 

      on Earth?

17.   If you fired a bullet in space how far would it go?

18.   Why do you wear a mission patch on your space suit?

19.   Do seeds grow faster in space than on Earth?

20.   Will being back on Earth ever be the same for you?






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Next planned event(s):


      1.  Istituto Comprensivo Statale "Diego  Valeri", Campolongo Maggiore,  


          direct via IZ3YRA

          The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

          The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra  KE5UDN

          Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-04-29 08:34:08 UTC 



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), and the 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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