There were 20 children and 20 questions asked. Ten of the children were from the Primary section of our school, while the other 10 came from the Secondary section. Their ages ranged from to 15 years of age. All questions were successfully asked by the children and answered by Ms Williams.
In the school gym, were approximately 200 people comprising of 130
children from all the different year groups of the 2 sections of the school and
15 teachers and other staff, also from both sections of the school. As the gym
could not legally accommodate more than the number mentioned above, a “live
stream” was organised by our IT technician, with the help of Edy Krier (the
cameraman) and transmitted into the classrooms of the school. This enabled the
other 500 students at
In the audience were the
As for Space: the whole of Primary has and is dedicating this first part of the school year (until November) to all topics related to space, such as light and dark; gravity; flying; astronauts and so on. All art classes have used Space as their central theme. In Secondary, the science teachers have included topics related to Space into their program as much as the curriculum will allow.
Other points of interest have been invited guest speakers to the
school: Ralf Heckel from the
Astra SES provided the audience and the speakers in the gym with a small gift (a little satellite model), small posters and stickers as well key chains for the whole school. Posters (on display in the pictures) were also donated to the school. Various models of the Proton rockets are currently on loan. A parent donated a 1/130 scaled model of the ISS to
The general comments about the contact was overwhelmingly : how emotional, it was fantastic, how amazing to actually speak to an astronaut, fantastic, incredible, many many thanks for all the hard work and effort into making this happen for us, and so on. The parent responds have also been quite amazing, with many commending the school for such an incredible project. It has and still is the main conversation piece on the school grounds and in Facebook.
I would very much like to thank Ms Sunita Williams for giving her
Maria Jose de Sena (coordinating ISS Contact teacher)