ARISS contact for school in US audible in Europe


An International Space Station contact is planned for Bay View Elementary School, Burlington, Washington, USA.


The event is scheduled for Wednesday 14 October at 19:41 UTC, which is 21.41 CEST. This will be a telebridge contact between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. Signals from the ISS will be audible in Europe.


School Information:

 Bay View School in Burlington, Washington has been serving kindergarten through eighth grade students in the Burlington-Edison School District for 22 years. Named after the small community of Bayview, which was later incorporated by the town of Burlington, it serves mainly in-district neighborhood students.  This year 562 students are enrolled. The town of Burlington is 66 miles north of Seattle, Washington. Located at the intersection of two major highways, Burlington serves as a retail and commercial hub for the region.  Industry is mainly agricultural, retail, and commercial.


      Over the past three years, Bay View has committed to becoming a school of inquiry. Through inquiry and collaboration, Bay View’s purpose is to nurture compassionate, creative, knowledgeable growth-minded world citizens, who pursue dreams and positively impact the future. Bay View continually inquires to understand one essential question.  What do we need to understand, commit to and implement to prepare students to be career, college, and/or world ready for the 21st century? This journey has led them to begin creating concept-based units of inquiry at each grade level.  Multi-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary units support school-wide connections through inquiry.  The opportunity to ask questions of astronauts on the ISS was pursued as an experience that could spark students’ interest in space, engineering, technology, mathematics, and support a school-wide inquiry.


Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.


1. Owen (K): How do astronauts walk in space?

2. Hazel (1): How do you exercise in space?

3. Karson (2): What can you see from the ISS?

4. Katelyn (2): Are you allowed to have pets in space?

5. Zachary (3): Is time different in space if so by how much?

6. Annika (4): How do the astronauts use technological devices like iPads in space if there is no Wifi?

7. Alex (4): Which planets do you study most and why?

8. Emerson (5): What is the daily schedule like in space?

9. Talon (6): Is there a way to grow plants in space?

10. L.J. (7): How does zero gravity affect bone mass?

11. Abby (8): What do you do for fun?

12. Jeremiah (K): What does the sun look like in space?

13. Abigail (1): How do you take a shower or bath in space without water going everywhere?

14. Zoe (2): How do astronauts go to the bathroom?

15. Sativia (3): Why did you want to go to outer space?

16. Rex (4): What are you researching to help people on Earth and why?

17. Blaine (5): When you break a bone, will it heal faster or slower in space?

18. Bella (6): What happens if you get sick in space?

19. Damian (7): What is the weather like in space?

20. Lauryn (8): What is a weirder feeling, going from gravity to zero gravity or from zero gravity to gravity?



ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


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.




Gaston Bertels – ON4WF

ARISS-Europe past chairman