[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Izmir SEV Primary School, Izmir, Turkey

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Oct 1 08:29:35 PDT 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Izmir SEV Primary School, Izmir, Turkey on 05 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:32 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the east 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.



Ýzmir SEV Elementary School is a private, national school which was founded as K-8 school 1997.

The philosophy of Izmir SEV is to enrich and expand upon the curriculum provided by the Turkish Ministry of Education. We aim to provide students with a solid foundation for continuing education at institutions of higher learning through developing the skills of observation, inquiry, and research in our students. SEV recognizes each student as an individual and strives to develop their cognitive, social and emotional potential.


Ýzmir SEV aims to prepare students for their further education and for life by developing them in their areas of interest and abilities. Our academic program ensures that the students develop the knowledge and acquire the necessary skills to help them identify unreasonable information that are not grounded on facts. It is important to teach students methods and techniques of accessing and using knowledge. The delivery of the curriculum is designed to help students acquire skills of rational thinking achieved in learning environment that is well supported by affection and good communication, and to discover and use their own creativity. Our academic program is geared to raise students as self-confident, resourceful and capable individuals and initiative-takers who have developed thinking skills, and who can use technology effectively.


In balance with competitive curriculum, social activities have significant importance in our school life. Varieties of clubs and sports activities are offered, assemblies and field trips are organized as co-curricular activities. The activities in our school are designed to encourage, challenge, and enable students to reach their potential in mind, body, and spirit. To promote a perspective of global understanding and friendship, our students are encouraged to participate in many international projects. We are an Eco-School and our Green Flag symbolizes our awareness for the environment.


ARISS Project is a great educational opportunity for our students to learn about space exploration, space technologies, and create an interest in science. The date of the conference is another great honor for our country and students because in that week we have one of the most important national celebrations of Turkey. It is the " Sovereignty and Children's Day"; after the War of Independence,The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was established on 1920, April 23 and to commemorate the event, April 23 was proclaimed a national holiday. The founder of the Republic of Turkey, Atatürk, has dedicated this day to the children of Turkey and the world to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. 



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




1.  What do you do if you have a serious health issue while you're on the 

    ISS? Is there a doctor in the crew?

2.  Are meteors and satellites dangerous for the ISS? Do they ever hit the 


3.  What experiments are you doing now? What types of experiments have been 

    done before?

4.  What do you think is the most interesting thing that has been discovered 

    on the ISS so far?

5.  After staying in space for a long time, what kind of difficulties do you 

    have when you're back on Earth?

6.  Is it possible to light fire in the ISS?

7.  Does being in space change the way you perceive life?

8.  If a part of your body bleeds in space, how is the flowing and clotting 

    of blood affected? Does blood clot or flow differently in space?

9.  How long is a day on the ISS? Is it 24 hours?

10. How can you tell when it's morning / night while you are on the ISS?

11. What does it feel like to be in a microgravity environment?

12. If you could go to a planet other than the Earth, which one would you 

    like to go to? Why?

13. How do you get oxygen in the ISS?

14. How are the plants that are grown on the ISS used? Can they be used as 


15. Do you follow a special diet when you are on the ISS?

16. Do you feel that the food you eat floats in your stomach because of 


17. Can the city lights on Earth be seen with the naked eye from space?

18. Would you like to stay in space for the rest of your life?

19. How and when did your interest in space begin?

20. What activity do you enjoy doing the most when you're on the ISS? 




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


Next planned event(s):

  1.  Sekolah Kebangsaan, Putrajaya, Malaysia, direct via 9M2RPN

      Sun, 07Oct12 11:04 UTC



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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