as of February 22, 2017
- A direct contact vis F4HHV with students at Ecole primaire Elie Desplan, Boissières, France and Marie Castang, Saint Dionisy, France will be rescheduled.
We are two small schools in pretty twin villages in the South of France, Boissières and Saint-Dionisy. Enjoying very beautiful surroundings, we are located just 15 km from Nîmes and 40 km from Montpellier, in the Occitanie region, on the threshold of the Camargue wetlands and the Cevennes mountain range. Our villages are nestled at the foot of a hillside covered with evergreen oak trees, juniper bushes, thyme, "capitelles" (dry-stone cabins) and with a well-preserved "oppidum" (iron-age settlement) at its summit. From the top, one can marvel at the splendid view over the plain of Vaunage (stretching between Caveirac and Calvisson), the Pic Saint Loup and the Mediterranean Sea on the horizon, and to the recognisable architecture of the Grande Motte (seaside town). On a clear day, one can even discern the peaks of Mont Lozère, Mont Aigoual and Mont Ventoux.
Our two little schools, served by a single school-bus-run, work closely together within an inter-town educational grouping ("Regroupement Pédagogique Intercommunal") and maintain a privileged relationship with all of the children. The Boissières school welcomes 61 pupils from infants ("maternelle") to first grade ("Cours Préparatoire") - in three classes. The Saint-Dionisy school receives daily 73 children from second grade ("Cours Elémentaire 1re Année") up to fifth grade ("Cours Moyen 2e Année") - also in three classes. The pupils are delighted to work together on a common theme between the two schools. They are charmed by this wonderful project of being able to communicate with Thomas Pesquet from space. They have been carrying out lots of learning work and are making discoveries about astronomy, the International Space Station and communication. We can be sure that many are already dreaming of becoming the next Thomas Pesquet!
- A direct contact via SV7APQ with students at the 3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece will be rescheduled.
The 3rd Junior High School of Komotini is one of the 13 schools of Secondary Education that operate in Komotini, a city in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, in the north-east of Greece. Our school is one of the oldest in the Municipality of Rodopi. The current building was constructed in 1992. It's a relatively new building with 16 classrooms, and laboratories for Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Music rooms, multiple-function rooms and a fully-equipped library. There are approximately 350 registered students (age 12-15), and 38 teachers of different fields in our school.
One of the main characteristics of our school is its multi-cultural character. 25% percent of our students come from repatriated Greek families who lived for about a century in countries of the Former Soviet Union (Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, etc.) and came back to Greece in 1990 after the collapse of the regime in the countries of Eastern Europe. These students speak both the Greek and the Russian language fluently. 16% percent of our students are Muslims. The existence of a Greek Muslim minority in Thrace has been recognized internationally since 1922. Among them, there is a significant number of Pomaks and Roma students.
There are integration classes for students with special educational needs and learning disabilities taught by teachers of Special Education.
Additionally, every year many national educational programmes, such as Environmental Education, Health Education, Consumer Education and many Cultural programmes (music, dance, theatre, art, radio, astronomy) are implemented. Our school also has a very active cycling club. Students go on various educational trips every year, visiting other parts of Greece and expanding their learning skills and abilities.
- A direct contact via F6KFA with students at the Ecole Albert Camus, Rueil-Malmaison, France, College Marcel Pagnol, Rueil-Malmaison, France, and Ecole “Robespierre B.”, Rueil-Malmaison is scheduled for Wed 2017-03-01 08:04:44 UTC 77 deg. with astronaut Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG.
Reuil-Malmaison is a lovely city surrounded by a large forest, parks and gardens, for the happiness of its 80,000 inhabitants. In the 17th century, the Cardinal of Richelieu, minister of King Louis the 13th, was the lord of Rueil. In 1799, Napoleon the 1st and his wife Josephine lived in the nice castle of Malmaison. At the end of the 19th century, famous impressionist painters like Renoir, Manet and Monet used to find scenery inspiration at the banks of the river Seine nearby.
3 schools of Rueil-Malmaison are involved in this ARISS contact:
---The "Robespierre-B" Elementary school is named after Maximilien Robespierre, a famous character of the French revolution in 1789. This entity includes 10 classrooms, ranging from 1st grade to 5th grade, with a total of 256 children's, aged from 6 to 11.
---The Albert Camus Elementary School is named after famous French philosopher, author, and journalist in early 20th century. The school presents 4 classrooms from 5th to 6th grade.
---The Marcel Pagnol College is named after famous French novelist, playwright, and filmmaker of the mid-20th century. One classroom (7th Grade) is involved in this ARISS contact.
- A direct contact via AA4UT with students at the Student Space Technology Association, Knoxville, TN. is scheduled for Wed 2017-03-01 19:08:03 UTC 49 deg. with astronaut Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD.
The University of Tennessee Knoxville is an amazing school located in the hills of Tennessee. It is the largest campus in the state, hosting more than 30,000 students. This school is known for its engineering and science heritage, having close ties with research facilities such as Oak Ridge National Lab and companies like Alcoa. Also, included in our alumni are 9 astronauts including the recent ISS inhabitant Scott Kelly. Our school is filled with thousands of eager students seeking to pursue careers in the space industry. With our vision of becoming a top-tier research school, our students are set to become the next leaders in STEM industries.