ARISS contact planned for school in St. Albans United Kingdom
Friday, January 8, 2016 at approximately 08:47 UTC, an Ariss Contact is
planned for Sandringham School, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
Amateur radio station GB1SAN, will operate the contact. The ARISS HAM radio
station GB1SS on the board of the International Space Station will be
operated by Timothy Peake KG5BVI.
Sandringham School is a high performing coeducational non-selective and
non-denominational secondary school, consistently graded Outstanding by
Ofsted and being in the top 100 highest performing non-selective schools in
England for the past 3 years.
The school is a specialist science college, arts college and leading edge
provider. It is also designated as one of the first ‘World Class Schools’ in
the country. The school operates a significant amount of community and
outreach activities, is an Initial Teacher Training provider and runs a
Teaching School Alliance for Hertfordshire. Sandringham is also a “Gifted
and Talented” lead school and International School, with significant
international activities taking place throughout the year. The school also
coordinates National Initiatives with the Education Endowment Foundation and
has a significant reputation in the country for delivering outstanding
The total number of students on roll is 1300 and expanding, with children
from age 11 – 19, including a very large and academic sixth form. The
catchment area is local, serving the needs of St. Albans and Wheathampstead
although sixth form students join the school from further away if they meet
the entrance criteria.
We have over 100 teachers in the school including specialist teachers of
computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a
specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the headeacher is a
very active radio amateur who is extremely supportive of this contact.
The ARISS contact will be conducted in English.
It will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377), as well as on IRLP
Node 9010 Discovery Reflector.
It will also be webcast on
Click on Live Webcast.
Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.
1. Hugo (12): What do you think Isaac Newton would say if he knew that the
name of your mission was based on his book?
2. Imogen (17): If you had a liquid hydrocarbon in space would the
intermolecular forces be strong enough to hold it in a ball of liquid?
3. Philip (15): How is rapid cooling of liquid metals performed in the EML
4. Jess (12): The EML is being used to study alloy structure and formation.
What are the benefits of using space as a scientific platform?
5. Jamie (18): What would happen to a helium balloon aboard the ISS?
6. Aiswarya (15): With the EXPOSE-R2 experiment are, you able to predict if
any samples will be able to survive outside in space?
7. Samuel (10): What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you so far
on the ISS?
8. Josh (12): With your view of earth, is there one thing which stands out
9. Liberty (15): We hear that you are planning on driving the Mars Rover
from space, how does that work?
10. Jessica (9): Does gravity affect time and ageing?
11. (Hugo (12): If you could visit any planet in the solar system (which
isn’t gas), which planet would you visit and why?
12. Imogen (17): How does your body feel when you are weightless?
13. Philip (15): What did you bring with you to the ISS?
14. Jess (12): Is the sun more powerful in space?
15. Jamie (18): Did you want to be an astronaut when you were a boy and is
it like you thought it would be?
16. Aiswarya (15): As you are communicating with us, do you get the chance
to communicate with your family?
17. Samuel (10): If you could send any message out into space what would it
18. Josh (12): What do you think the hardest adjustment in coming back down
to Earth will be?
19. Liberty (15): What is the most amazing thing you have seen in space?
20. Jessica (9): Where do you stand on the theory of a multiverse existence
and do you think it is possible to find any evidence for or against this in
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of
Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International
Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how
Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in
science, technology and learning.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
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