Upcoming ARISS Contacts
as of September 22, 2014
- A contact with students at Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey Island, United Kingdom and Pilton Bluecoat School, Barnstaple, United Kingdom scheduled for Tue 2014-09-23 will be rescheduled due to the delay of the Space X launch.
Winter Gardens Primary School is a larger than average school on Canvey Island in Essex, England. It has two forms of entry catering for 60 children in each year group. Our school is full to capacity with 420 children from Foundation Stage (Reception – Age 4) up to Year 6 (Age 11).
On the school site we also have the Winter Gardens Pre-School which caters for 60 children a day and the Winter Gardens Toddler Group which caters for children from birth upwards.
Canvey Island is situated on the Thames estuary and is an actual Island. Close towns include Basildon and Benfleet and slightly further afield, Grays (Thurrock) and Southend. There are 12 schools on the Island, two of which are secondary schools.
Winter Gardens Primary School is an active school not only within the local community, but also nationally and internationally. Children have taken part in many events in London and we regularly receive visitors from a school in Germany.
Pilton Bluecoat School
Pilton Bluecoat is a state run Junior School catering for 250 children aged between 7 – 11 years that is situated on the North Devon coast in the South West of England. The school has excellent links with its community and is committed to providing a vibrant and active learning environment for students. The school prides itself in the high levels of academic attainment by the children as well as providing the children with a wide range of opportunities to enhance their personal development.
Our school has been taking part in a whole school theme entitled ‘The Final Frontier.’
We have been looking at aspects of space and will include factual investigations, setting up fictitious scenario and looking at aspects of space travel and space history.
All curriculum subjects will be integrated into the work, including mathematics and literacy. The children will be given the opportunity to explore their own ideas and facilitate their own learning pathways. Children will also have the opportunity to develop their creativity through aspects of art, music and science.
- A telebridge contact via VK4KHZ with students at Gulf English School, Kuwait City, Kuwait and Language High School “Geo Milev”, Dobrich, Bulgaria scheduled for Thu 2014-09-25 10:36:40 UTC 30 deg will also be scheduled.
Gulf English School
The Gulf English School (GES) in Salmiya, Kuwait has approximately 2100 pupils throughout both the Primary and Secondary sections of the school. Students start school at the age of 5 years in the Primary section of the school and progress to the Secondary section when they reach the age of 11 years. Students typically graduate from the Secondary section of the school at age 16/17 and proceed to Higher Education. GES follows the England/Wales curriculum as part of its educational structure and students achieve IGCSEs and Advanced Levels in a wide variety of subjects prior to leaving the school. Students who successfully graduate from GES often proceed to Higher Education at Universities around the Middle East, in Canada, USA, UK as well as other parts of the globe. STEM topics are very popular at the school and GES places a suitable emphasis on achievement in these key areas.
Kuwait has been involved in ARISS links before – through the National Science Centre. However, this will be the first school which has strived to make contact with the International Space Station.
Language High School “Geo Milev”
Geo Milev language High School is a language school in the town of Dbrich – North East of Bulgaria.The school was established in 1971 as a specialized school for studying German. Later two other languages are taught – English and French.
We have about 900 students age from 13 to 19. Our students are interested not only in studying languages but also in many different subjects. A lot of them have won national and international competitions in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. A great number of our students continue their studies in different European and other countries.
During the years our school has proved to be the best school in town and enrolls the best and most talented young people in town.