An ARISS educational school contact is planned for Shannon Walker KD5DXB with students at Oakwood School, Morgan Hill, CA, USA. The contact is scheduled on Monday March 22, 2021 at approximately 18:27 UTC, which is 19:27 CEWT.
The link to the ISS will be operated by the amateur radio telebridge station IK1SLD, located in northern Italy. Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM. The contact will probably be webstreamed from the groundstation at https://www.ariotti.com/
Oakwood School is a private independent school in Morgan Hill, CA. We have approximately 500 students enrolled in Preschool -12 th grade. Last year Oakwood was thrilled to be chosen for an ARISS contact and celebrated with our Year In Space curriculum across our campus. With the pandemic, our ARISS contact has been delayed until Spring 2021.
Oakwood School is at the south end of the San Francisco Bay Area. We get to enjoy all the cultural aspects of San Francisco and San Jose and the proximity of the coast, but live in a rural setting. Morgan Hill is known for growing mushrooms, and our neighboring city, Gilroy, is the garlic capital. We’re lucky to have a lush campus with classroom gardens, and enjoy beautiful weather for most of the year. Oakwood has an emphasis on communication skills, small class sizes that enable peer interaction and individual attention. In addition to our varied daily curriculum, we have expansive programs in performing and visual arts and athletics. Our school recently completed a campus expansion that includes both a new theatre and an athletic center. Go Hawks!
Our youngest students learn through play by exploring the world around them. They begin lab science in Kindergarten and continue growing from there, finding their interests while being supported by passionate educators. Middle and high school students balance college prep courses with extracurricular opportunities such as robotics, debate & speech, astronomy, and community service to help prepare them to excel in their futures. Our core values „respect, service, honesty, kindness, citizenship“ inspire our students to make good choices in all their endeavors. At Oakwood, we believe in a more intentional education that shapes the growth of confident, vivid, thoughtful, high-achieving young people who are fully prepared for the top colleges and life beyond Oakwood.
Students First Names & Questions:
1. Marcus (Grade 2): What is your favorite place on the ISS?
2. Remy (Grade 3): Are you currently conducting any experiments yourself?
3. Lauren (Grade 8): What was your favorite part of Astronaut training?
4. Daniel (Kindergarten): What advice do you have for a 6-year-old that wants to be an astronaut?
5. Andrew (Grade 5): What is the hardest thing you have had to do in space?
6. Alice (Grade 1): Is the coronavirus on the ISS and do you need to wear masks?
7. Henry M. (Grade 5): Do you and your crewmates play games in space?
8. Benno (Grade 4): Can you still do your favorite Earth hobbies on the ISS?
9. Cate (Grade 8): Are your astronaut outfits customizable (like can you make them different colors)?
10. Thomas (Grade 12): What happens if there is a medical emergency on the ISS?
11. Ishan (Grade 7): Who was your role model growing up and how have they helped you succeed in becoming an astronaut?
12. Addelyn (Grade 3): How do you communicate with all the astronauts that come from different countries?
13. Aiden (Preschool): Who is your favorite Avenger/superhero and why?
14. Noelle (Grade 6): What is the object you miss the most that is on planet Earth?
15. Miriam (Grade 4): What was the hardest part of the training, and did you think you were going to pass?
16. Anaya (Grade 12): Do the constellations from the space station look different from how they do on Earth?
17. Charlotte (Grade 1): We’ve noticed you use a lot of towels– what if you run out of towels?
18. Luke (Grade 7): Although zero-gravity sounds fun at first, does it get „old“ after a while?
19. Annabelle (Grade 4): If you were given the chance, would you like to be the first person to mars?
20. Arjun (Grade 9): How do you stay connected with your family on Earth while in space and how long do you get to talk or see them?
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF