A direct contact with students at Aboshinishi Elementary School, Himeji-City, Japan, via 8N3AB was successful Tue 2014-04-29 09:05:15 UTC 80 deg. Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA answered 30 questions for students.
Listen to a video recording of the interview: http://www.ariss.jp/aboshinishi/8n3ab.avi
The Aboshinishi elementary school founded in 1976, is a small school in western Himeji-city with a total number of 359 students.
A direct contact with students at Dixon Elementary School, Holly Ridge, NC, USA via NC4OC was successful Mon 2014-04-21 18:05:53 UTC 41 deg. Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA answered 20 questions for students.
Dixon Elementary School is located in a rural setting, with its feeder communities North Topsail Beach, Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge and Surf City. Our community has seen sharp rises in the population of retirees and young families both military and civilian. With the deployment of large numbers of military personnel to Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, and MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Center) at Stone Bay, the Dixon area continues to grow. Our school population as of February 2014 is over 900 students. Dixon Elementary is a Title 1 School with 38% of our students receiving free or reduced meal benefits. Our student population consists of 81% white students, .09% American Indian, .06% Hispanic, 9% Black, 2% Asian and .007% Pacific Islander.
Dixon Elementary was initially accredited by AdvancEd in 1978. Students are served by highly qualified teachers in 38 regular classrooms, three self-contained exceptional children's classrooms and two pre-kindergarten classrooms. There are six highly qualified resource teachers who also offer support to our large population of exceptional children. Dixon Elementary is a charter member of the National Elementary Honor Society and the Global Schools Network.
In the fall of 2012 Dixon Elementary implemented a STEM classroom for instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades K-5. Students rotate through the STEM classroom every 7 days. The STEM classroom teacher, a veteran science and math teacher, provides hands-on science and math instruction and project-based learning, including a variety of engineering projects. Each year Dixon Elementary hosts a SPACE DAY for students in Pre-K through 5th grade, with our community joining us in this spectacular event.
Students at Dixon Elementary students think strategically as they learn to play chess, participate in book studies, Scrabble Club, Robotics Club, Girls on the Run Club, Boys' Running Club, Academic Derby, Recycling Club (recently recognized by the National Council of Keep America Beautiful as the leading public school in recycling), Odyssey of the Mind (world competitors two out of the last three years), Science Fair competitors (Regional, State and National champions), and Science Olympiad.
Ham Video Commissioning Completed
The final Ham Video Commissioning Pass was performed flawlessly Sunday April 13 at 18.23 UTC.
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Ham Video Commissioning – Final
The final Ham Video Commissioning Pass 4 is planned Sunday April 13 at 18.23 UTC. For more details, read the current HamTV Bulletin.
Ham Video Blank Transmissions
Presently, Ham Video is transmitting permanently a "blank" image and no audio in configuration 5. For more details, read the current HamTV Bulletin.