The Atlanta Science Festival will present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to five metro Atlanta classrooms when it gives them the chance to speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) via amateur radio communications. Students will ask questions directly to an ISS astronaut as the space station passes overhead during the ISS Radio Contact event that will take place on Tuesday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at Fernbank Science Center.
Based on a recent lesson plan contest, schools selected to participate include: Taylor Road Middle School (Fulton County), Brown Middle School (Atlanta Public Schools), West Jackson Elementary (Jackson County), Russell Elementary (Cobb County) and Memorial Middle School STEM Academy for Environment Studies (Rockdale County).
The event is closed to the public, but will be broadcast live online. For access, visit http://www.atlantasciencefestival.org/spacechat.
The event is made possible through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. The Atlanta Science Festival is partnering with Fernbank Science Center, BK International Education Consultancy, Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Educational Service Agency, NASA Solar System Ambassadors, Emory University Planetarium, Mill Springs Academy and the North Fulton Amateur Radio League to bring this opportunity to Atlanta.
“We’re extremely excited to bring students into radio contact with the astronauts,” said Jordan Rose, Atlanta Science Festival co-founder and co-director. “This is a highly unique opportunity to interact with a STEM professional on the job and to explore how science and technology are being used to solve problems a long way from home.”
For more information about the event, visit http://atlantasciencefestival.org/ariss.