Saturday October 5, ARISS contact scheduled with school in Gdansk, Poland 


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Polska Akademia Dzieci (Polish Academy of Kids), Gda?sk, Poland. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:37 UTC, which is 13:07 CEST.


The contact will be a telebridge operated by W6SRJ, located Santa Rosa, California.


The event will be webcast live on :


The contact will also be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.


School presentation.

Language Laboratories, School of Genius (SG), is one of the first language schools In Poland (est. in 1968). Till today it is a unique scientific and educational unit, where each student has an individually designed programme of learning in a foreign language, including Astronomy, Neuropsychology and Robotics. Classes at SG are individually prepared for each student. Individual programmes include updated ICT tools carefully adapted to the Student’s interest.


The Project Polish Academy of Kids is the first university run by kids on an international scale, where Young Scientists can freely choose the field of scientific interest. Lecturers are from 6 to 20 years old and examine magnetic levitation, the missing links of vertebrates’ evolution or dogs, cats and insects. They decide about the scope of research and adults only help them with the technical aspects and show reliable sources of knowledge. We work under the patronage of Ministry of Science and Education, Patent Office, Ministry of Education, Jagiellonian University and many others. For more details visit website:


Polish Academy of Kids was nominated the Science Populariser 2011 and 2012 in the contest organised by Science and Scholarship in Poland (Polish Press Agency and Ministry of Science and Higher Education) while the co-founders of Polish Academy of Kids were awarded the Pol-Cul prize for their contribution to children’s development in Poland and won the award of distinction for the best voluntary initiative in Pomerania.


The contact is expected to be conducted in English by astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.


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


1. Katarzyna (13): Can you describe preparations to space flight?

2. Samanta (15): What do you have to do to become an astronaut?

3. Nikola (11): Which trainings do you need to become an astronaut?

4. Katarzyna (15): How old was the youngest astronaut and can a child go to space?

5. Adam (12): What do you eat and how do you eat in space?

6. Oskar (13): When will be the next expedition to Mars?

7. Karolina (10): How does personal hygiene look like in space?

8. Sebastian (10): What's the research you're doing in space and what are your accomplishments  in it?

9. Filip (5): What is dark matter made of?

10. Józef (8): Do black holes and white holes exist?

11. Szymon(5): Can you see the Eiffel Tower from space? When are you coming back to Earth?

12. Katarzyna (4): Can a baloon full of helium go up in space?

13. Zuzanna (5): Why is there no gravity in space?

14. Katarzyna (7): What do astronauts dream of in space and what do they miss most?

15. Szymon (10): When will be the next expedition to the Moon?


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-Europe chairman