International Space Station Live Contact - February 2021
Sterling Middle School students will have an opportunity to communicate live with astronauts on the International Space Station this school year. Our school was one of five accepted from across the country for a Spring 2021 live contact event. The event is supported by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station organization (ARISS) and will be facilitated by licensed local amateur radio operators from Loudoun Amateur Radio Group and Sterling Park Amateur Radio Club. Students from Sterling MS, Guilford Elementary, and Sterling Elementary will participate.
The staff and students are embedding space science through cross-curricular instruction with support from the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Through project-based learning, students will study astronomy, space exploration and the Space Race, effects of space travel on humans, living in space, growing plants in space, radio waves and communications, and create satellite telemetry receivers. They will also have opportunities to virtually meet space and communications experts.