ARISS School Contact planned with school in Germany


An ARISS School Contact is planned for Buehl-Realschule Dornstadt, Germany  Wednesday February 2 at 07:33 UTC, which is 08:33 CEWT.


The Realschule Bühl is a secondary school grade 5 to 10 with 420 students in 18 classes. Student – teacher ratio is approximately 13 to 1.


Students finish school after 6 years with GCSEs in English, mathematics and German. In grade 7 they can choose between the following subjects: French, Home Economics, Design and Technology. Most students take an apprenticeship or go to a school for further education where they finish with the A-level.


Bühl-Realschule is located in the south of Germany, in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, within the perimeter of the city of Ulm. Host town Dornstadt has a growing population of about 9,500.


School facilities comprise 18 classrooms and 3 science labs, a music room, an art center, 2 computer labs, a gym, a swimming pool and a cafeteria. A school exchange with French partner city Coutras takes place every year.


The planned ARISS contact will be conducted in English. Interested parties can listen in on 145.800 MHz FM. Downlink signals will be audible over Europe.


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


1. Samuel: What qualifications and skills do you need to become an astronaut?


2. Xenia: Do you miss your family and can you talk to them?


3. Madeleine: What will you do if you get ill?


4. Tobias: Do you sometimes argue with your colleagues?


5. Daniel: Do you think there are other living beings in our universe?


6. Lea: What was your best experience as an astronaut?


7. Nico: How do you train for a flight?


8. Alicia: Do you think living in universe is better than on Earth?


9. Simona: Is it exciting to see the Earth from the ISS?


10. Maximilian: Isn’t it boring so far away from the Earth?


11. Tobias: What do you have to do on board the ISS all day long?


12. Daniel: Do you have a shower onboard the ISS?


13. Simone: How long does it take to fly from the Earth to the ISS?


14. Alicia: Could you see the fireworks on New Year’s Eve?


15. Maximilian: How much does it cost to fly from the Earth to the ISS?


16. Samuel: Have you ever worked outside the ISS and what’s the temperature outside the ISS?


17. Lea: Have you ever experienced a dangerous situation in space?


18. Xenia: Can you see different planets?


19. Madeleine: How long do you have to stay on board?


20. Nico: How high above the Earth are you at the moment?


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 onboard 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 Chairman