The Ham Video transmitter is on board the International Space Station in the Columbus module is slated to be installed February 5, 2014 by Michael Hopkins KF5LJG. Hopkins will also install the camera and the supporting Bogen arm. Last week commissioning simulations were performed by ESA, in collaboration with ARISS. The four commissioning steps are scheduled February 8, 15 and 16 and March 5. Read more
A telebridge contact via station K6DUE with Wallingford STEM Academy/Town of Wallingford, CT, USA was successful Saturday, January 18th. Nineteen questions were answered by astronaut Koichi Wakata,
To read a local news story:http://www.myrecordjournal.com/wallingford/wallingfordnews/3437090-129/students-talk-to-astronaut-aboard-the-space-station.html
Here is a tweet astronaut Wakata sent after the contact: https://twitter.com/Astro_Wakata/status/424806909510549504
Here is a video posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuEUSnaVQGA
Wallingford STEM Academy is a community based and family oriented organization the excites students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This program, previously known as the Young Astronaut Club of Wallingford and founded in 2000, has been providing STEM enrichment for students in grades 4 through 8 for over thirteen years through Wallingford Youth and Social Services.
The Wallingford STEM Academy is a collaborative partnership between the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW), the Town of Wallingford Youth and Social Services Department (WYSS), the Wallingford Education Association (WEA). STEM Academy branches in Wallingford, and Hamden, are the flagship programs for CEA’s STEM Education Initiative. We currently serve the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) and the general population. 40% of our STEM Enrichment Academy is comprised of students from the Spanish community and 40 % of our students are girls interested in STEM education. Our weekly meetings are conducted at the Spanish Community of Wallingford Great Room and in our STEM Education Classroom next to SCOW.
Since 2005, a companion project to Wallingford STEM Enrichment Academy is the Wallingford Family Science and STEM Night Series. At least twice a month, we organize and implement family oriented Science and STEM Family Nights in Wallingford. These events range from evening programs, daytime vacation programs, hands-on investigations, assembly style programs, and night sky observations. The purpose of this organization is to deepen student, and family, understanding of STEM concepts as a compliment to an existing inquiry based STEM curriculum in Wallingford. Our major funders for both STEM Academy and Wallingford Family STEM Nights are the Wallingford Rotary Club’s Wallingford Foundation, 3M Charitable Contributions and the Connecticut Education Association.
- A direct contact with students at Collège Les Gondoliers, La Roche sur Yon, France with astronaut Koichi Wakata was successful Friday, January 17th at 09:51:13 UTC 34 deg. Wakata answered 17 questions in English. His answers were later translated to French for the audience of 200 students, teachers, media and radio amateurs in the gymnasium.
Local news coverage: http://www.lejournaldupaysyonnais.fr/2014/01/17/allo-liss-ici-les-gondoliers-over/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=allo-liss-ici-les-gondoliers-over
Les Gondoliers Secondary School, with its 500 pupils -aged 11-15- is located in Vendée, 70 km south of the city of Nantes, where famous Jules Verne author was born . At the end of the last year, the pupils take an exam called "Diplôme National du Brevet". Our Astronomy Club has resumed its activities this year with the objective to enter in contact with the ISS. The starting point has been the visit of the exhibition “Voyages planétaires” (Planetary spaceflights), in Nantes, during the International Planetary Science Congress. Various astronomy and amateur radio activities will be organized, with the help of members of the association of "radioamateurs of Vendée", who will come to our school to display their activities and provide us with the tools that will be necessary to get in contact with the ISS.
The following contacts with the ISS were conducted successfully today.
- Zespół Szkół Technicznych, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland, direct via SP3POW: Wed 2014-01-08 10:43:57 UTC 51 deg. Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA answered all 15 of the prepared interview questions.
For a video of the full QSO, which was conducted in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ0mOqm0RZE
For local news stories about the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6tXgBqadiE and http://www.ostrow24.tv/film/8075-ostrow-polaczyl-sie-ze-stacja-iss.html.
The Centre of Technical Schools in Ostrów Wielkopolski is a school which educates future electronics and mechatronics engineers, computer scientists and renewable energy specialists.
Our school has been cooperating with Polish universities, electronic and mechatronic industrial plants and schools in Germany and the UK, what brings very good results. Thanks to the participation in the ARISS program our school has partnered with the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
Our students participate in various forms of extra-curricular activities which develop their passions and interests. As a result, they have created many interesting electronic and mechatronic devices. For example, some of the recent constructions include fpv plane, a qudrocopter, a stratospheric balloon capsule, some amateur radio equipment and many more.
Currently, the school has 800 students aged 16 - 19 years.
The Center of Technical Schools has invited its younger mates (students 13 - 15 years old) from Junior High School No. 1 named of Polish Nobel laureates in Ostrów Wielkopolski and 10 - 12 year-old students from Pope John Paul II Primary School in Lamki so that they all can participate in the ARISS program.
Preparations for the ARISS contact began in late 2011. A series of amateur radio classes were carried out so that students could learn the rules of work on the radio. It was a very interesting experience to carry out radio communications through amateur radio satellites and to take photos from NOAA satellites. In addition, we monitored other radio signals from thespace. Most emotions were from the radio contact with the ISS in the APRS system and from listening to ARISS contacts of other schools in Poland and Europe.
The schools participating in the ARISS program organized a series of events to promote various fields of science, particularly those that are the most relevant for the development of astronautics.
- Istituto Tecnico Industriale "Galileo Ferraris", San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy, direct via IQ5GX: Wed 2014-01-08 12:21:30 UTC 68 deg. Astronaut Wakata answered 19 questions by students.
For a news release by the European Space Agency about the event, click here.
The Technical Institute "Galileo Ferraris" is active on the territory of the Arno Valley since 1979 and has trained over the years the engineers of the many industrial enterprises in the area.
The technical institute in fact offers a solid general education and training of scientific and technical basis necessary for both a rapid entry into the world of work and the professions and for the continuation of studies at university . In particular, enables the student to face the entrance test for the various scientific disciplines.
Branches of study offered the institute is currently divided into the following specializations:
• Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
• Chemistry, Materials and Biotechnology
• Data Processing and Telecommunications
The time is for all specializations of 32 hours per week , spread over four days per week of five hours (from 8.10 am to 13.10) and two days a week for six hours (from 8.10 am to 14.10 ) .
The school is equipped with several laboratories and a large gym . Among these we have laboratories for Physics, Chemistry , Drawing- CAD, Computer Science , Electronics, Electrical Engineering , Mathematics, Technology Design and Planning, Automatic Systems , and Information Systems .
In addition, the school offers internships at companies in the area and technical projects in cooperation with such companies.
- Berkeley Middle School, Williamsburg, VA, USA, direct via K4RC: Wed 2014-01-08 18:33:50 UTC 78 deg.
The story reported by local media: http://wydaily.com/2014/01/09/get-schooled-berkeley-middle-students-contact-the-space-station/
City County (Virginia), and it is one of three middle schools. There are thirty-six core teachers, sixteen elective teachers, a gifted and talented teacher, reading specialist, math specialist, and ten special education teachers. Additionally, there are three administrators, two school counselors, a Student Advancement Coach, and media specialist along with support staff. The student to teacher ratio is 28:1.
Uniquely, the school is one of two located in the City of Williamsburg, serving students in the city and county. Over the past few years, enrollment has steadily increased, which is a direct reflection of the growth within the community. At the end of September 2013, the enrollment was 913 with an even distribution among its three grade levels (6-8). Berkeley’s student population is approximately 60 percent white, 30 percent black, and 10 percent identify as other ethnicities such as American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, etc. Nearly 30 percent of the student population receives special education services, close to 20 percent are identified as gifted and talented, and less than 5 percent identify as English Language Learners (ELL). At Berkeley, 41 percent of the students qualify for federal free or reduced lunch.
In partnership with parents and community members, Berkeley strives to foster a safe, caring and supportive learning environment that: a) knows its population, b) maintains a culture of continuous improvement, c) maximizes learning time, and d) remains focused and determined to close the achievement gap.