ARISS contact with Wattsburg Area School District, Erie, PA on Echolink and IRLP

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Please join us in listening to the ISS contact with participants at the Wattsburg Area School District, Erie, Pennsylvania, USA on Friday 19 OCT 2012.
AOS is scheduled for 16:11 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ in Australia. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
The Wattsburg Area School District is a rural district located in Northwest Pennsylvania,10 miles south of Erie, PA.
The WASD campus is comprised of 3 schools in which we provide rich and rewarding educational opportunities for over 1500 students in grades K-12. We are especially driven to provide our students with those experiences which will enhance their educational development through continued exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology courses and curriculum.
This radio contact will continue to support our goal to allow each student to experience real world applications as these experiences apply to their coursework by bringing STEM to life. The contact will also arouse continued interest and participation in our extracurricular activities which include Robotics Club, Astronomy Club, Amateur Radio Club, Science Olympiad Team and others. Students have been able to participate in a variety of programs provided by NASA, for example students in the Physics and Physical science classes have recently used the Rocket Modeler program and Water Bottle Rocketry programs to design and launch their own rockets.
Students have classroom access to live NASA TV programming and broadcasts through the Internet and via audio retransmissions of NASA TV provided by the local N3UMM/N3BXL 2-Meter Amateur Radio Repeater.
Students are monitoring activities aboard the ISS and are able to track the location of the ISS and other satellites using tracking software in the classroom.
One of our high school students participating today, Samantha, asking Question 9, has applied to and is hoping for acceptance to the United States Naval Academy and hopes to follow in Astronaut Suni Williams footsteps and become an engineer and maybe an astronaut.
Audio from this contact will be fed into the:
EchoLink *AMSAT* (101377) and *JK1ZRW* (277208) servers
IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector
Streaming Audio at:
Audio on Echolink & web stream is generally transmitted around 20 minutes prior to the contact taking place so that you can hear some of the preparation that occurs. IRLP will begin just prior to the ground station call to the ISS.
Please note that on Echolink there are automatic breaks of 1.5 seconds in the audio transmission. These occur every 2.5 minutes during the event. Breaks on IRLP are manual and occur approximately after every third question.
* Contact times are approximate. If the ISS executes a reboost or other manoeuvre, the AOS (Acquisition Of Signal) time may alter by a few minutes
John - AG9D
ARISS Audio Distribution

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