[amsat-bb] ARISS contact with All Saints STEAM Academy (AS2A), Middletown, Rhode Island

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue May 3 16:57:53 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at All Saints STEAM Academy (AS2A), Middletown, Rhode Island on 06 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:43 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and N1ASA. The contact should be audible over the eastern coast of the U.S. and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



All Saints STEAM Academy (AS2A) is thrilled to make history by hosting the first ARISS contact with Rhode Island, USA. We are a small Catholic school, located near Newport, serving grades pre-K through eight. The student body reflects the area's social, economic and religious diversity and includes many military families that bring unique experiences to the classroom, including global travels and deployments. We are a recognized leader in using a combination of technology, differentiated instruction, and hands-on activities to increase student interest and competencies in areas associated with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). 


One of the most exciting features in our school is the inclusion of co-curricular, collaborative STEAM learning opportunities. Our standards-based curriculum is delivered in such a way as to bring real-world activities to our students. STEAM education is incorporated in each classroom from pre-kindergarten through grade eight where our students are challenged to imagine new ideas, to discover how to create them, and to launch them into reality.

AS2A is strongly committed to all students and their families. The high caliber of our teachers, in conjunction with a positive educational environment, is conducive to learning excellence. Our goal is to have each and every child receive a quality education while experiencing personal growth and spiritual development. Furthermore, each student's learning experience extends beyond the engaging classroom environment to the local beaches for environmental studies, the school's makerspace for fabrication, and the hydroponics lab for growing and harvesting plants.


Local non-profits, universities and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center have enjoyed mentoring our students across a variety of STEAM initiatives including app creation, competitive robotics, cyber security challenges, and amateur radio (the club callsign is N1ASA). All students gain early coding skills through the SCRATCH programming language on iPads, and also leverage the Apple design lab with the on-site 3-D printer and vinyl cutter.  


At All Saints STEAM Academy, the spirit of joy in learning is present everywhere, every day. We encourage our students to expand their learning, to explore new ideas and to create their dreams.




Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1.  How do you calm yourself if you feel a little claustrophobic?

2.  Do diseases travel faster in zero gravity?

3.  What do you do for fun with the rest of the crew?

4.  How do you celebrate different holidays and events that you would at 


5.  We practice the engineering design process at school. What innovations 

    have you needed to make on board the ISS?

6.  What is your favorite and least favorite space food?

7.  Does your sleep dreams change in zero gravity?

8.  What do you now appreciate that you may have taken for granted on Earth?

9.  How do you cut your hair and nails?

10. What has been your biggest accomplishment in space so far?

11. What would you do if you found something unusual while on a spacewalk? 

12. If becoming an astronaut is so challenging, why did you decide to 

    become one?

13. What is the scariest part of being aboard or traveling to the ISS?

14. What is the most interesting piece of space debris that you've seen?

15. How do astronauts keep up with religious practices and '


16. Do you use special writing devices in zero gravity?

17. When you were in school what were your favorite and least favorite 


18. What do you do to maintain your mental and emotional well-being?

19. What activities aboard the ISS do you find most enjoyable?

20. What food do you really want to have when you get home?

21. What is the most threatening piece of trash that you encountered?

22. Could a goldfish live on the ISS?

23. Could a domesticated pet be trained to go to a Moon base or Mars?

24. Compared to sleeping on Earth, do you sleep more soundly?






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Next planned event(s):



      1. The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon, UK, direct via GB1OSM

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

         Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-05-09 09:26:30 UTC 

         Watch for HamTV during this contact. 


      2. H.A.L. School, Lucknow, India, telebridge via K6DUE 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN

         Contact is a go for Option #7: Thu 2016-05-12 08:11:20 UTC 


      3. AstroNuts Kids Space Club Academy, Duncan Observatory, Richmond         

         Hill, Ontario, Canada, telebridge via W6SRJ

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

         The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

         Contact is a go for Option #1: Sat 2016-05-14 17:37:12 UTC 





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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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