Upcoming ARISS Contacts
as of April 14, 2015
- A telebridge contact with students at East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Youth In Aviation Program (ECCTAI YIAP) and Oxon Hill High School, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA, via K6DUE is scheduled with astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF for Fri 2015-04-24 16:41:27 UTC 64 deg.
The East Coast Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (ECCTAI) is one of the largest Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. chapters in United States and serves the Washington DC area. ECCTAI is dedicated to keeping alive the history, achievements, and importance of the original Tuskegee Airmen. The term "Tuskegee Airmen" refers to the men and women, African-Americans and Caucasians, who were involved in the so-called "Tuskegee Experience," the World War II Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. ECCTAI strives to increase understanding of the “Tuskegee Experience” by honoring the accomplishments and perpetuating the history of the men and women who participated in the “Tuskegee Experience” and to introduce young people to the world of aviation and space through its Youth in Aviation Program (YIAP). YIAP motivates and inspires America’s youth to strive for similar excellence of these earlier pioneers.
ECCTAI YIAP has a strong long-term partnership with Oxon Hill High School (OHHS). Many Oxon Hill students have pursued aerospace careers as a result of this relationship. OHHS was established in 1925. It is now a renowned public Science and Technology High School in Prince Georges County, Maryland, with an enrollment of 1,436, located approximately 1.5 miles from the Nation’s Capital along the Potomac River. OHHS has developed stand-out programs in Business and Finance, Engineering and Science, Graphic Arts and Media, Hospitality and Tourism, and Military Science. The school also has a long standing and prestigious Music Department. OHHS’ Air Force Junior Reserve Offiicers Training Corps (AFJROTC) program was established in 1966 and remains one of the largest and oldest active units with more than 350 cadets. Within AFJROTC, Aviation Ground School introduces cadets to all aspects of aviation. OHHS hosts a Regional Center that provides services to special-needs students in the area. As a fully functioning tech school, each student is provided a NetBook for all school related academic activities. OHHS’s mission is to provide a quality education that develops the content knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable all students to reach their maximum potential as responsible, life-long learners and productive citizens.
It should be noted that the Tuskegee Airmen who served in the European theater of WWII spent most of their time in Italy. So the Oxon Hill students are excited about this historical/geographic connection with Samantha Cristoforetti, the current Italian astronaut on board ISS.
Details of upcoming contacts will be posted as they are added to the ISS schedule.