Through a variety of audiovisuals, Lower School students document their class experiences.

Friday, October 11, 2013

World Space Week: Skype Chat with Ecuadorian NASA Engineer Juniper Jairala! (Written by E.P., M.D.C and B. A)

On October 9th an enthusiastic group of 1st and 4th graders had the opportunity to interview Ecuadorian NASA engineer, Juniper Jairala, via a Skype chat. She answered questions the many of us had, and it was a day that we definitely won’t forget!
M.D.C.’s question was, “How old were you when you knew that you wanted to be an engineer”? She answered that she when she was about 10 years old she wanted to be an astronaut, but knew that she needed to learn more about space and other things first. So she became an engineer. 
   We found out that when she was little, she liked to build with things like Legos and fix things. She and her brother even went through the trash to find materials! Some of us admitted that we do that too J.
                The Skype chat was awesome because we got to know about the many projects that Miss Juniper has done for NASA and the International Space Station, and she also told us about the fiction and non-fiction parts of the movie that is coming called “Gravity”. Our teacher also showed us videos of how Miss Juniper practices, and helps astronauts train, by working in a big pool.
Testing an emergency mask for the ISS
                It was a pleasure to meet Miss Juniper and to get to see her, and we were excited to hear her answers!
Teacher note: Not only is Miss Juniper a great role-model for our girls, she 

is also an example of a well-rounded individual who has a joy for life...
Check out our Juniper on the Discovery Channel!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

World Space Week Begins! Skype Chat with Ecuadorian Astronaut Ronnie Nader (written by the whole class)

 On October 4th our class, along with a class of 5th graders, got to Skype chat with Ecuador’s only astronaut, Commander Ronnie Nader. For the start of our celebration of World Space Week (October 4 to 10), seven people in our class got to ask him questions like these:
·         D. G.  asked: Is the next satellite, Krysaor, being launched in November because it’s a good time for weather? The answer was: There were many things were involved in the decision for the launch date, but weather wasn’t one of them. He also said that right now the 24 international satellites are being organized inside the top of the Russian rocket.
·         A.C. asked: What were the challenges of building Krysaor? Astronaut Nader answered: Everything was a challenge. For example, if the measurements were off by just a tenth of a millimeter, then the whole mission could fail!
·         A.C.G. asked: How did you learn how to build satellites? Commander Nader said: He and the team learned how to do this on their own with their education, books, papers, information from the Internet and Commander Nader’s training as an astronaut in Russia!
·         E.L. asked: What do you hope to learn from the new satellite? He said: One thing would be that, by watching the live video camera on board, we could know if a meteorite was approaching; like the one
that surprised everyone in Russia this last year.

       E. B. asked: Is there anything that we can do to prevent Krysaor from hitting an object in space and spinning, like what happened with Pegasus? His answer was: Since debris  going around the Earth are in unstable, descending orbits, there’s not much we can do to prevent these kinds of accidents. 
We were VERY lucky to get to ask our own questions of Ecuador’s only astronaut, and it was a pleasure to Skype with him!