[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with McBride High School, Long Beach, CA

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Mon Mar 13 21:02:30 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at McBride High School, Long Beach, CA on 15 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:28 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K6MHS. 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.



Ernest S. McBride High School (McBride) opened its doors on September 4, 2013 to an incoming class of 204 freshmen.  During the course of the past four school years, we have grown to 735 students, and we are preparing to graduate our first class of seniors.  All students are part of one of the following pathways: Criminal Justice and Investigation (CJI), McBride Engineering (ME), and Health and Medical (HM). Our campus is located in a middle-class residential neighborhood and, through our School of Choice process have students who live throughout the cities of Long Beach and Lakewood.  We are fortunate to have a student body that is both ethnically and socio-economically diverse.  Over thirty-eight percent of our student population are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and over seventy percent of the populations are from ethnic minorities.  


In opening a new school, we have had many unique opportunities.  The first class of McBride student chose our mascot, the Wolf, and have decided that we are collectively known as the Wolf Pack.  Our daily announcements are closed with the proclamation, "Goooo Wolfpack!"  All three of our pathways share a strong focus on math and science, learning by doing, and a preparation for both college and career.  As a sample of our project-based learning approach, our students have built solar powered boats, resolved disputes in Teen Court, earned awards for analyzing crime scenes, and conducted studies on concussions in sports.  We are fortunate to have access to updated and professional level equipment, including CNC Milling Machines, a Scanning Electron Microscope and Simulated Patient Manikins. 


Long Beach is the 36th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California. It is located on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257. Long Beach is the second largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and the third largest in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego. The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States and is among the world's largest shipping ports. Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, automotive parts, electronic equipment, audiovisual equipment, petrochemicals, precision metals and home furnishings. Long Beach lies in the southeastern corner of Los Angeles County and borders Orange County. Downtown Long Beach is approximately 22 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles.

Our school district, Long Beach Unified has earned a reputation as one of America's finest school systems, winning many awards as a national and international model of excellence.




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


1. What do you do during your free time in space?

2. Do you ever feel afraid up there in space, as you look down at the Earth, 

   and ponder how our whole world is just one grain of sand in the ocean, and     

   how our individual actions do so little to affect the course of the        


3. What is the most used equipment when you are in space?

4. How many miles and how long does it take to break atmosphere? What did  

   that feel like?

5. Why did you give up your regular life on earth to be in space for a long   

   period of time? It seems like a big commitment. Why did you make it?

6. When I grow up I want to be an astronaut, so do you have any important 

   advice you could give to a future astronaut that helped you through your 

   journey in order to become an astronaut?

7. What could you say about climate change that others couldn't that would 

   change a climate change deniers view on the subject?

8. What happens if you run out of food?

9. What were the training requirements you went through to become an 


   Can you explain what you do when you are actually in space?

   Can you explain what you do when you are NOT in space?

10. What is something you wish you would have known before becoming an  


11. What do you think the benefits of having traveling exhibits like Facing 

    Mars are for young people?

12. What psychological issues have arisen in the astronauts who have spent an 

    extended time on the ISS? How are you prepared mentally to handle your 

    time in space?

13. What are you enjoying the most in the space station? 

14. Have you had a birthday on the ISS?  If so, did anyone sing happy 

    birthday to you on ham radio?

15. Have you seen ""Hidden Figures?"" Could the ISS be navigated if all the   

    calculations were done by hand?

16. We sometimes wonder if there is more than just us out there in the 

    universe, now that you're up there, has your opinion changed?

17. How different is time in space?

18. Could you imagine a musical being performed in orbit?

19. What do you think about the planned Space X trip around the moon?

20. What is the coolest trick you have done on the ISS with apparently zero  


21. Do you ever regret going to space?

22. How are you brave enough to risk your life to see earth from a cool view?

23. Did you know the people you currently work with on the space station 

    before you went into orbit?  How do you get along?

24. Have you ever worked on the outside of the space station? 

25. How old were you when you first seriously considered being an astronaut?

26. Is there any art you have seen on Earth that is more beautiful than the 

    Earth itself?





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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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