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ET, Phone Home! Antietam Students are Calling the ISS on Monday, Dec. 11

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

PWCS students are calling the International Space Station (ISS)! Join 650 students at Antietam Elementary School on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p. m. (Arrive earlier.) Address is Antietam Elementary School, 12000 Antietam Road, Woodbridge.

How big is amateur radio? Plenty big at Antietam Elementary School, where the student ham radio club (Ham-tietam) is gearing up for the greatest moment in the school’s history and a lifetime event for students.  On Monday, Dec.  11 at 1:30 p. m., students will talk with an astronaut on the International Space Station via ham radio.

Antietam is one of about 20 schools around the world chosen to talk with the ISS astronauts. The Woodbridge Wireless Amateur Radio Club helped establish the Ham-tietam radio club three years ago and continues to mentor students.

While the students are communicating with the ISS, they will see the trajectory for the ISS displayed on a large screen. Students are hard at work preparing their questions following months of lessons related to outer space, including conducting an experiment on crystal formation similar to an experiment currently on board the ISS.


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