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Re: FW: From the ISS Ship's Log

Hi Guys,

Thought you might be interested in reading about how some amateur radio
operations involving the International Space Station was being conducted
with school children here in the states.  The contact with this school was
made about a week ago and was outstanding for the kids at the schoold and
the astronauts/cosmonauts on ISS.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Myszka, Mike" <mmyszka@hiwaay.net>
To: <sarex@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2001 3:10 PM
Subject: [sarex] FW: From the ISS Ship's Log

> I work in the Payload Operations and Integration Center (POIC) at Marshall
> Space Flight Center (MSFC)
> here in Huntsville, AL. We are responsible for all payload operations on
> ISS.  We are currently preparing for operations starting in March.  This
> email was distributed last week.  Apparently it is an entry from the ships
> log.
> Once again, amateur radio makes a big impact!
> *************************************************************
> We're getting ready for our first school radio contact
> tomorrow, with Burbank School in Chicago.  They sent us an email
> describing their preparations for the comm. pass, and we want to share
> this with all the troops in the Control Centers who are making "Alpha"
> work.  If you ever had the question-"why a space station?"   --this is a
> pretty eloquent answer:
> ". . . .Burbank School is a K-8 school in Burbank, a community located
> on the southwest side of Chicago. Our school has a student
> population of 700 students.
> Since being notified of our ISS contact, our teachers and students
> have been very busy with space, space station, and space
> exploration topics and activities. Here are just a few things going on
> at our school.
> Our entire school population participated in a
> school wide art contest involving the creation of our Burbank School/ ISS
> mission patch. In addition, we held auditions for our team of 12
> students with 2 back up students. We ended up with students from a
> cross-section of classes. For our questions, we again turned to our
> students,
> school wide and were surprised at the quantity and quality of questions
> received. If you walked into our school today and wandered
> down the halls, you would be surprised at the variety of topics,
> activities, and displays of work all centered around the ISS mission. Our
> school
> is vibrating with excitement and activity. Our first graders have been
> creating space people
> and space capsules. Their themes are "Flying High is Grade One" and
> "Adventures in Space". Their bulletin boards reflect the imagination and
> creativity only a first grader can have. They even have Winnie the Pooh in
> space suit! As you walk past classrooms, you can hear students
> and teachers alike talking about space, shuttles, space stations, and
> what the latest information is about the ISS. Second graders wrote stories
> about why they would
> like to be an astronaut and then made shuttles out of Pringle
> cans. They colored pictures of astronauts and put their own photo in
> the helmets. Some built space communities of the future and created
> robots that will perform city services. They even wrote laws for
> their community. One of our classes created the Cosmic Cafe. Menu items
> include Lift-off Lemonade, Space Station Steak, and Pluto Pudding.
> in the middle grades
> were busy imagining they were astronauts working on the space station.
> wrote their own
> biographies and included future missions they world like to be
> involved with. They tracked the ISS on the web and plotted on a map
> where the space station was every 45 minutes. They wrote time lines
> comparing our school day to the ISS. Other children wrote poems and made
> chalk drawings to accompany their poems.
> To prepare for our ISS contact, the junior high
> students searched the web for information on the space station. After much
> discussion, the students created power point presentations. They
> made a ten-slide show, which consisted of one slide telling what the ISS
> is, one slide for the astronaut, and one for each cosmonaut on the ISS,
> the remaining slides contained information about space and the space
> station.
> Students are prepared to present this to our audience on the day of
> the contact. The power point work was done by our Special Education
> students in junior high. Other junior high classes worked on creating a
> time line. In Math, students used the distance formula to calculate the
> ISS' distance from us here in Burbank. This was done over a period of
> several days so students understood the idea that it was moving
> constantly. In addition to measuring distance, students also
> considered time. They thought about their own future and where they would
> be in the year 2030.
> By then we will need a new ISS, so some of our future engineers decided to
> design
> and build the space station of the year 2030. They not only built the
> they also wrote a paper describing how and where it will be built. Our
> artistic students decided
> they would be scientists on the new space station. They proposed that they
> were assigned to
> gather information using a new high powered telescope.  They then used
> creativity and imagination to draw
> what they saw when they looked through the telescope. Some of our students
> are very interested in the environment. They decided they would research
> write a paper
> describing a particular man-made Earth pollution problem.  They then would
> develop a plan for solving the
> problem using the technology of the space station.
> All classes spent time using many of the websites
> that Charlie Sufana shared with us. As our students continued their
> one site led
> to another and their enthusiasm grew proportionately.
> We here at Burbank School are ready.----OVER...."
> Submitted by Rita Wright, Burbank School
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