[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Galileo STEM Academy, Eagle, ID #QST

Greg - KO6TH

Hi folks,

It looks like there will be a school contact with the International Space Station Tomorrow (9/3) morning at 9:05am local time which should be receivable here in Auburn.  The pass will be to the north and east, and pretty high here, peaking at about 45 degrees up.  As usual, the downlink will be on 145.800 mhz, plus or minus a little due to Doppler shift.

Below is a bit of history on the school, and the questions they intend to ask of the astronauts.  Take a moment and scribble down how you might answer the questions, then listen in and compare notes with the crew.  If you have kids / grand kids, it's a great way to get them involved in space as well as ham radio.


Greg  KO6TH

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An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Galileo STEM Academy, Eagle, ID on 03 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:05 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W7GSA. The contact should be audible over the state of Indiana 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.


Galileo STEM Academy is a Kindergarten through 8th grade public school, in the West Ada School District, located in Eagle, Idaho. Galileo is a School of Choice. Parents apply for student admission and are accepted by lottery.  Galileo STEM Academy opened in 2007.  Galileo currently has 797 students, 42 certified teachers and 12 classified staff members.

Galileo's mission statement is, "Galileo, a community of explorers discovering their unlimited potential."  The following is our school's Vision Statement, "At Galileo our vision is to encourage students to be their best by promoting a collaborative, safe, learning community, developing and accepting responsibility for personal growth, fostering leadership through service, unleashing unlimited potential through innovative relevant learning, empowering critical thinkers through active engagement and challenging exploration of the great unknown."

Galileo STEM Academy became the first school, in the state of Idaho, to become STEM certified in October 2018 through AdvancEd. Galileo promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students through providing hands on, project-based learning utilizing the engineering design process.  Galileo accomplishes this by providing, to all students, diverse learning opportunities.  These include:

1.Ham Radio Club  
2.Botball and Jr. Botball Robotics using C++ coding language
3.First Lego League Robotics 
4.FabSLAM 3-D Printing Competition Team
5.Rocket Club 
6.Math Counts Competition Team 
7.Raspberry Pi Operating Systems 
8.Maker Space
9.Idaho Tech Challenge

Galileo STEM Academy's students implement authentic STEM skills to attain college and career readiness.  Our students begin coding, making, engineering in kindergarten and continually develop their skills through 8th grade.   Galileo STEM Academy's teachers and staff utilize NASA lesson, ARRL lessons, and attend Professional Development Conferences throughout the year to promote a love of learning and create life-long learners.

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

1. How do you get chosen to go to space?

2. Do you play video games on the ISS?

3. How much fuel do you need to get to the ISS?

4. What time do you use on the ISS?

5. How long does it normally take you to orbit around the earth on the

6. Do you feel differently emotionally when you come back from space?

7. Is it hard being in a rocket for more than a day when traveling to
   the ISS?

8. Does zero gravity feel normal?

9. Does sound in space sound louder, quieter, or the same?

10. What is the most uncomfortable thing about your space suit?

11. Can you vote in an election when on the ISS?

12. How do you spend your free time on the ISS?

13. What is your favorite song?

14. Who was your favorite teacher?

15. Are all the countries on the ISS working on different experiments?

16. Do you spend much time with the crews from the other countries?

17. Do you play a musical instrument?

18. Have you ever gotten motion sickness on the ISS?

19. What was the last book you read?

20. Where did you go to college and what was your major?


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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), the ISS National Lab and 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 public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.

Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN

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