Wednesday November 27, ARISS contact planned with school in Stobierna, Poland.


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at and Junior High Schools Complex in Stobierna, Poland on 27 November. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:22 UTC, which is 10:26 CEWT.


The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


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


School Complex in Stobierna is composed of two main school levels: primary school and junior high school. The primary school attendants’ are six-year-old to twelve-year-old students, whereas, the junior high school’s students are thirteen to sixteen years old. The second type of school puts more emphasis on Science (including Physics and Mathematics).


The students of these schools are interested in astronomical observations, thus they are eager to take part in special classes concerning such issues. Schools organized special classes associated with the astronomical observations of the sky. We organised a series of educational trips to places from which students observed the sky: in the stars, planets and satellites. These activities were integrated into daily school activities in the field of physics and astronomy. Because many schools participated in the project, we organized interschool competitions. Moreover school organized a series of competitions related to astronautics. For the youngest students there was a drawing contest, a contest for older students, multimedia presentations related to space flight and the history of the ISS.


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


1. Wiki (14): How can you distinguish between day and night?

2. Judyta (15): How much time does it take to prepare oneself for the flight into space?

3. Patrycja (15): What do you like most about being in space?

4. Oliwia (10): Is there anything similar to rain in space?

5. Kuba (10): How much time are you going to spend on board?

6. Patryk (12): What do your daily routines look like?

7. Konrad (12): What kind of duties do you have to carry out?

8. Wiki (14): Have you got any free time and what do you do in your free time?

9. Judyta (15): Is it easy to sleep without gravity?

10. Patrycja (15): How do you take care of your personal hygiene aboard the ISS?

11. Oliwia (10): What do your meals look like?

12. Kuba (10): What do you eat and do you eat any fast food?

13. Patryk (12): Do you miss everyday life on Earth?

14. Konrad (14): How often can you get in touch with your relatives?

15. Wiki (12): Can you see the Eiffel Tower or the Chinese Wall from space?

16. Judyta (15): What does the Earth look like at night?


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