Upcoming ARISS Contacts
as of July 30, 2015
- A direct contact with scouts at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, Nippon Boy Scout Amateur Radio Club, Bunkyo-ku, Japan, is scheduled for Fri 2015-07-31 11:26:54 UTC 74 deg. Ground station 8N23WSJ will talk to astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS.
The theme of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (23WSJ) is “Wa: a Spirit of Unity”. The Kanji character indicates awide variety of meanings such as unity, harmony, cooperation, friendship, and peace. Moreover, it encapsulates the essence of Japan, a country where tradition and the latest technology coexist in harmony.
There will be various walk-in activities that Scouts can enjoy during their free time. Such activities will include an amateur radio workshop (Callsign is 8N23WSJ). Age of scouts who will talk with an astronaut is 14 – 17.
- A telebridge contact with students at ESA Space Camp, Külsheim, Gemany, is scheduled for Mon 2015-08-03 10:43:44 UTC 75 deg. The interview will be with astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS. The contact will be via W6SRJ.
The European Space Agency (ESA )Space Camp 2015 will be held in the Germany at a sport and activity centre Aktiv-Welt in Külsheim, which is situated on the beautiful landscape of Baden-Württemberg. The camp will run from Sunday 26 July to Saturday 8 August 2015.
165 children aged 8 to 17 years old will be participating in this annual space camp from every ESA establishment in Europe where their parents are working. The children will learn in the spirit of international cooperation and team work where the camp theme of “ My planet, beyond Earth”, will be take these young explorers on a continuing journey around our planet and beyond. The children will be participating in a range of physical and cultural activities as well as a full space education program.
Apart from the science element, the children will learn how to work as part of a team, to be respectful of different cultures and embrace and appreciate the various talents each child brings to a group. Good training for any ‘first contacts’ that the future may bring! Learning through active participation will be paramount as with every camp - as well as having FUN!
Beyond Earth – as last year, the children will continue to ‘reach for the stars’ with new and innovative activities involving rocket design and launches as well as making observations of the night sky using telescopes. With such an environment as in Külsheim, we hope to explore more of the sky in relatively low light pollution.
The children will be expected to communicate activities in a range of ways from designing and drawing to building models. It is hoped that the spirit of fun and collaboration with such an international group of young children will enable them to learn new things as well as share information which will help each other be better acquainted with the space environment their families work in.
- A telebridge contact with students at Maroochydore State School, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia, is scheduled for Thu 2015-08-06 10:10:15 UTC 59 deg. Astronaut is Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS will offer the interview, which will be arranged via LU1CGB.
Maroochydore State School is the ‘hidden jewel’ of Maroochydore. It has a small school atmosphere where the students are encouraged to be active participants in the school day and our teachers know the students.
Our school has an active P&C Association, which greatly contributes to the resources that are available to our students as well as enhancing the school environment for all. We have an emphasis on integrating technology into our teaching and learning activities as well as providing opportunities for our sporting and musical students to further develop their skills and talents.
We have an emphasis on integrating technology into our teaching and learning activities as well as providing opportunities for our sporting and musical students to further develop their skills and talents. Maroochydore State School has enhanced the IT capabilities of the students and staff with training and access to the latest in IT. Across the school students and staff have access to Interactive Whiteboards, classroom computers, a shared Computer Hub, multiple iPads, digital cameras and video equipment. All classrooms also have access to the internet via the school network or via wi-fi. Staff has had professional development on the integration of IT into their teaching and learning activities with teacher aides also accessing professional development to enhance their skills. The integration of iPads into each classroom has opened up a range of learning opportunities via apps as well as for creative presentation of work incorporating productivity apps.
- A telebridge contact via IK1SLD with Scouts at Space Jam 9, Rantoul, IL, USA is scheduled for Sat 2015-08-08 16:51:37 UTC 29 deg. Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS will host the interview.
Greetings to all stations from the participants and volunteers of Space Jam 9 in Rantoul, Illinois. Though primarily a weekend Scouting and STEM education event, we are open to all interested youth. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from 24 states have come together in an educational and fun format to learn more about the life skills that will prepare them for the increasingly complex technological future. Training is our theme this year. While it is well known that Scouting teaches pioneering skills like camping and wilderness survival, the new pioneers and wilderness are in outer space and we are working hard at 44 technology oriented Merit Badges and activities, plus some fun things like the Duct Tape Merit Badge. Talking to the astronauts on the ISS is an unforgettable part of the experience at Space Jam and that's next on our list. We will not know for many years whether one of these youths becomes an astronaut themselves but it is certain that they are all part of tomorrow's leaders.