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Chat with astronauts


SIX SCHOOLS CHOSEN NATIONWIDE

Wickliffe students will chat with NASA astronauts

By Pamela Willis
ThisWeek Community NewsSaturday August 11, 2012 1:11 PM


If space is "the final frontier," then Wickliffe Progressive School students are space explorers this month as they prepare to chat live with astronauts on the International Space Station.
Wickliffe was selected by NASA as one of six schools in the nation to participate in a live downlink to the International Space Station on Aug. 28.
Outgoing Parent Teacher Organization president Margaret Kennedy said the school applied for the downlink nearly a year ago through NASA's Teaching From Space program.
"We heard that we had been selected in late May, so we wanted to plan a couple of school events that would help students prepare for the downlink," she said.
One of those events was a trip to Perkins Observatory in Delaware County on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Kennedy said about 60 students and their parents went to the observatory at a late hour for most school events -- 9 p.m.
"The weather was not cooperative in terms of looking at planets and stars, because storms were rolling in," she said. "But Tom Burns from the observatory directed the program and the children got to see the telescope and what they would normally see in a nighttime sky through a computer program."
She said the school will try another stargazing night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Wickliffe, for an outdoor movie night that begins with the launch of water rockets.
"Our teachers wanted us to prepare some type of continuing education experience over the summer so that all grades of students would have a chance to learn more about space before the downlink," Kennedy said.
Kennedy said the movie, Fly Me to the Moon, will be shown on an outdoor screen as soon as it gets dark enough that night, then parents and students will stick around for a chance to see the International Space Station fly over at 10:20 p.m.
She said the live chat on Aug. 28 will not be open to parents and community members, because of the school's space limitations, just staff and students -- and possibly a few dignitaries-- school officials are hoping will show up, including President Barack Obama.
"We invited him, along with former astronaut John Glenn and some local dignitaries, but we don't have any confirmation yet on who will actually be there," Kennedy said.
The live chat with astronauts will happen sometime during the morning of Aug. 28; an exact time has not been announced yet.
"The kids were asked to submit questions for the astronauts at the end of last school year. I think we were allowed 20 questions," Kennedy said.
She said the school's float for the July 4 parade in Upper Arlington was space-themed, depicting a model of the International Space Station.
Kennedy said parents are probably more excited than the students are, even though most parents won't be allowed to attend the live chat.
"One thing that parents have been talking about is whether our kids know how special an honor this is," she said. "We are amazed by this whole process. We wonder how many schools applied and how we got to be one of the six chosen.
"We wonder if the kids will just think of that day as another day at school," she said. "But we think that someday, they will be amazed at the experience and think it was really cool."
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