[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Ecole College Park School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Fri May 5 16:45:15 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ecole College Park School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

on 08 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:19 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of 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.



École College Park School is a dual-stream Kindergarten to grade 8 English and French Immersion School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Saskatoon is Saskatchewan's largest city and has more sunshine than any other major city in Canada. We have been told that, but we do not always believe it!  We have the best school in Canada!  Our school is lucky to have students from all over the world.  We take great pride in our highly multicultural school community.  We have approximately 500 students from Canada and around the world.  Over 35 different languages are spoken in our school.  Most of the countries that are partners in the Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), are represented in our school. Our school offers students many extracurricular activities.  We have a Space Club, track program, skipping club, chess club, math club and a circus club. You should see us on stilts and unicycles juggling in the hallways.  We are good! Last year our school won a "Stand up" rally from the Family channel.  We won it because our school does a great job of making students feel incredibly welcome, accepted,  and kids try to stand up to bullying.  Our school was on the Family Channel through November 2016.  It was very cool to see ourselves on TV.


Our school prides itself on giving back to the community.  Our Me to We Club empowers students to make positive changes in our school, community and world. We raise money for the local food bank, Ronald McDonald house and Christmas hampers for our school families in need. Our iGen program sees students working with and learning from Elders. iGen is the place for a student  to grow and develop his/her interests while learning to care and share with others. There is a mutual sharing of values and the two generations serve and support one another.


This year marks our schools 50th anniversary and we will celebrate it by hosting a Pow wow and celebrating our cultural diversity. What a great way to celebrate our 50th school anniversary with a link up to the ISS. 




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


1. Who or what was your inspiration to be an astronaut?

2. What is your favorite meal in space?

3. How long did you train to be prepared for your ISS mission?

4. What advice would you give to aspiring astronauts? 

5. What subjects do I need to focus on in school if I want to be an   


6. What has been your favorite part of the ISS mission so far?

7. What do you do if you and someone on your ISS crew need "space" from one 


8. How do you stay connected to your family while you are on the ISS?

9. How do you go to the bathroom in Space?

10. What is your role on the ISS? 

11. Besides your family, what do you miss most about being on Earth?

12. Have you ever seen any alien lifeform?

13. How do you handle an astronaut getting sick or hurt on the ISS

14. How would you deal with something happening to the ISS structure?

15. How much free time do you get while on the ISS?

16. What do you not like about being on the ISS?

17. What words would you use to describe leaving the earth's atmosphere?

18. How would you deal with a fire on the ISS?

19. What personal item did you bring to Space?

20. Do you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek?






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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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