Letter from the project coordinator, Agustín Capellán, in which he explains the general details of the project.
SUMMA Aldapeta will contact the ISS
SUMMA Aldapeta school has been selected by ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) to establish radio contact with the astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) on December 2017. There are only very few schools in Spain who have had the opportunity to contact the ISS. It is a very special and innovative experience.
Students of 4th year of Secondary Education, teachers and our radio local amateur club have been working together on topics related to the universe, the ISS and radio communication techniques. This work has been developed in different sessions and will result in an event in which some of our students will ask questions directly to the astronauts in order to learn more about their day-to-day life in space.
It is our aim that this project will stir our students’ interest in science, technological development and communication as well as communicative skills, creativity and teamwork. Different areas have taken part in this interdisciplinary project: Science and Technology, English, Arts and Crafts.
The final event will require the installation of several radio equipment and antennae that will be used to broadcast our radio signals from the Lestonnac building and receive the ISS signals. The Donostia radio local amateur club has been working closely with us and has devoted many hours to help us with the different technical aspects of the activity. They will also be at the final event.
The ARISS required that this event should have wide coverage. Therefore, both the media and local authorities will be invited to the final event , which will be broadcasted live by this microsite, and shared through social networks.
Agustín Capellán Pérez
Teacher Coordinator of the Project