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Connect Your Classroom to the International Space Station

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 6:23pm -- david.terraso

Connect Your Classroom to the International Space Station

ATLANTA – Nov 10, 2015 – Calling all science teachers! Connect your class to the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) as they fly overhead on March 8, 2016.

The Atlanta Science Festival (ASF) is teaming up with Fernbank Science Center for a lesson plan contest to decide which classrooms will get to chat with the cosmic explorers during the ISS Radio Contact Event at the Fernbank Science Center.

“We’re super excited to bring students into radio contact with the astronauts,” said Festival co-founder Jordan Rose.

Students will be selected via the ASF Space and Radio Science Lesson Plan Contest. Teachers of grades K-8 will vie to see who can come up with the best original lesson plan integrating space and radio science (as judged by the ASF). The competition will run from now until January 18, 2016. The winners will be bused to the Fernbank Science Center on the day of contact.

Atlanta was selected as one of fourteen sites across the United States to host the Q&A with the space-stationed explorers, via the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. ASF is partnering with Fernbank, Georgia STEAM Alliance Network, 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 students.

The ISS Radio Contact Event at the Fernbank Science Center will have a full day of family-friendly activities and demos on space science and radio science. Registration will open in early 2016.

While it’s a few months before the close encounter occurs, teachers and students alike can follow the Twitter accounts of both the Space Station, @Space_Station, and the astronauts, @NASA_Astronauts, post pictures and trivia about space, the station and their daily activities.

For the latest information on the Atlanta Science Festival, please follow the event on Facebook at AtlantaScienceFestival, Twitter at @ATLSciFest and on Instagram at @atlscifest.