ARISS contact planned for schools in Poland


Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 09.21 UTC, i.e. 10.21 CEWT, an ARISS educational amateur radio contact is scheduled for several institutions in Poland:


1. The Scout Amateur Radio Club SP5ZBA

Founded in 1968, on the air since 1970. Primary Club activities are HF digital and field operations.


2. Pawel Wlodkowic University College in Plock

Almost 20 years of tradition. It is one of the oldest non-state universities in Poland. The university offers eight specializations: Administration; Computer Science; Pedagogic; Nursery; Political Science; Physical Education, Management and National Safety. Levels: BA and MA. A lot of courses at postgraduate level have been offered as well. Over 10000 students study at Pawel Wlodkowic University College every year at the main campus in Plock and two branches in Ilawa and Wyszkow.


3. Plock Scientific Society

It was founded in 1820 and one of the oldest scientific societies in Poland. It is a regional and open type institution. There are also local departments in Sierpc, Wyszogrod and Leczyca. Directions: philological; historical; land engineering; communication and town planning; mathematics and computer science, nature environment protection; pedagogical; sociological; management and technical.


4. 2nd Private Primary School ZOK “PROFESOR” in Plock

It is located in Pavel Wlodkowic University College in Plock campus. It is famous for its very high educational quality and partnership relations between teachers and pupils. It has highest qualified pedagogical staff and a great offer of supplementary classes.


5. Primary School in Liszyno:

It is a little and safe school, without big city problems, located nearby Plock, in a forest ecosystem. No crowd, no traffic jams, high educational level, small classes.


6. Vocational Schools Complex No 2 in Plock

It offers courses for specialists like electricians; computer technicians; electronics technician; and mechanicians on a vocational and a high school educational level. It also works as a complementary high school for adults.


The contact will be operated by amateur radio station SP5ZBA/5.


Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM


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


1. Jakub: What do you eat?

2. Mikołaj: How many people are there with you? How many could be on the ISS?

3. Maciej: How do you repair malfunctions on the ISS? What was the biggest one?

4. Rafał: Did you see an UFO?

5. Elżbieta: What do you do in your free time?

6. Aleksandra: What planets did you see?

7. Laura: How do you produce fresh air?

8. Ludwika: Why did you choose this Job?

9. Piotr: What do you know about Area 51?

10. Roza: How do you sleep?

11. Mateusz: How big is the ISS?

12. Jakub: Is there a toilet on the ISS?

13. Rafał: Is it comfortable on board the ISS?

14. Elżbieta: Would you like to come back to Earth now?

15. Aleksandra: What is the best view from Space for you?

16. Ludwika: How do you prepare for such a long flight?

17. Piotr: Is it difficult to wear a space suit?

18. Aleksandra: What is the most difficult task of your job?

19. Piotr: When and how will you come back home?

20. Piotr: Can you send us any photos from the ISS?


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