[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Wallingford STEM Academy/Town of Wallingford, Wallingford, CT

David H Jordan aa4kndhj at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 08:33:30 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at Wallingford STEM Academy/Town of Wallingford, Wallingford,
CT on 31 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:45 UTC.
The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The
contact will be direct between NA1SS and K1SEZ. The contact should be
audible over the east 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.

Wallingford STEM Academy is a community based and family oriented
organization that excites students about science, technology, engineering
and mathematics.  This program, previously known as the Young Astronaut
Club of Wallingford and founded in 2000, has been providing STEM enrichment
for students in grades 4 through 8 for over thirteen years through
Wallingford Youth and Social Services.

The Wallingford STEM Academy is a collaborative partnership between the
Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW), the Town of Wallingford Youth and
Social Services Department (WYSS), the Wallingford Education Association
(WEA). STEM Academy branches in Wallingford, and Hamden, are the flagship
programs for CEA’s STEM Education Initiative. We currently serve the
Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) and the general population.  40% of
our STEM Enrichment Academy is comprised of students from the Spanish
community and 40 % of our students are girls interested in STEM education.  Our
weekly meetings are conducted at the Spanish Community of Wallingford Great
Room and in our STEM Education Classroom next to SCOW.

Since 2005, a companion project to Wallingford STEM Enrichment Academy is
the Wallingford Family Science and STEM Night Series.  At least twice a
month, we organize and implement family oriented Science and STEM Family
Nights in Wallingford.  These events range from evening programs, daytime
vacation programs, hands-on investigations, assembly style programs, and
night sky observations.  The purpose of this organization is to deepen
student, and family, understanding of STEM concepts as a compliment to an
existing inquiry based STEM curriculum in Wallingford.  Our major funders
for both STEM Academy and Wallingford Family STEM Nights are the
Wallingford Rotary Club’s Wallingford Foundation, 3M Charitable
Contributions and the Connecticut Education Association.

For more information regarding STEM Academy and Wallingford Family STEM
Nights, please contact Christopher Stone at
ctfamilysciencenights at gmail.comor by phone at 203.294.2175
(Wallingford Youth and Social Services).

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

1.   What do you think is the most interesting part of the ISS?

2.   Do you have specific clothes that you need to wear when not in


3.   Do you come in contact with any robots made by NASA?

4.   Do you celebrate holidays while in the ISS?

5.   We know there are some negative effects in zero gravity.  What are you

     doing to prevent these negative effects?

6.   How do you brush your teeth in space?

7.   How far away from earth does "no gravity" actually kick in?

8.   What is your research on the ISS?

9.   Is it easy to move around in your spacesuit during a spacewalk?

10.  How do you keep your supplies replenished?  Do you ever run out?

11.  What was the most difficult part of your training?

12.  For the female astronaut, do you have to wear your hair in a ponytail?

13.  How do you make food in outer space?

14.  Do you age quicker while you are in space?

15.  What's the hardest part of spending time on the space station?

16.  Are you allowed to talk with your family when you are in space?

17.  What does spending time in microgravity feel like?

18.  What happens when you cry in space?

19.  If something went wrong on a spacewalk, would you have enough time to

     get back in the ISS?

20.  Do you have a ranking system on the ISS?


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Next planned event(s):

   1.  Warren County Technical School, Washington, NJ, direct via KC2WT

       Mon, 04Nov.2013, 14:08 UTC

  2.   Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY, telebridge via IK1SLD

       Mon, 04Nov.14:24 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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