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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

World Space Week- Two "Stellar" Skype Chats: Commander Nader & Mike Lutomski!

1. Ecuadorian Cosmonaut: Commander Nader

·       We learned that he is a cosmonaut who got trained in Russia. We also learned that Ecuador’s second satellite, Krysaor, was built to capture the signal of Ecuador’s first satellite, Pegasus (R. N.).
·       We learned that when a nanosatellite is built, the pieces are very small. If a measurement is off by even a fraction of a MILLIMETER, then the whole project can be a disaster (J. D.)!
·       We learned that Sir Isaac Newton explained a law where things will move forever, unless something runs into it (G. M. S.).
·       Cartoons are super important in our lives because they inspire us, and they inspired Commander Nader, to want to learn more about space. When he was 2 ½ years old he saw a TV show where Pegasus flew a boy to the sky, and this image inspired him to think that a fantasy like that was for him. Space has “his name all over it” (E.B.)
·       When you keep dreaming, your dreams get bigger and then you can achieve them (A.V.).

2. (Retired) Risk-Manager for the International Space Station: Mike Lutomski!

·       It takes about two years to train an astronaut to work on the ISS (R. N.)

·       Astronauts on the ISS eat tortillas instead of bread, because bread can crumble and the pieces can get into the other machines (J.M. P.).

·       Mice were just sent to the ISS to learn about their muscles and bones and how they react without gravity (J.V.)

·       Mr. Lutomski told us that when the rockets took off there was about 3G’s of force, which probably made the mice get squished in their cages! (J.F.B.)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Students Speak with Cosmonauts Aboard the International Space Station and in Person!

Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial (UTE) in Quito.

Cosmonaut F.N. Yurchikhin.

Student reflections of the day’s events, which included speaking live with cosmonauts aboard the Russian portion of the ISS, as well as speaking with cosmonauts in person!*    
  •    (I.E.) When we went to see the conference on the cosmonauts I realized how much the political world affects all other projects. I learned that the ISS probably travels 50 times faster than a plane…I also learned that the next space cosmonaut team has a girl in it, which is super cool. GIRL POWER!!!!
  • *(A.N.) One of the things that interested me the most was the part of the history of the ISS. It was pretty amazing how it has improved since they started with that “project”. One thing I didn’t understand is how were the two first pieces of the ISS put together if it was going that fast (17,500 mph)? It was an awesome trip. 
  •     (I.M.) It was so cool to go there that there are no ways of describing the moment. I could tell you that it was cool, exiting, fun, and energetic, and it was all of those, but there are no words to actually describe how I felt exactly at the moment. The coolest and most understandable part of all the conference was probably when the cosmonauts spoke to us. The answers to the questions where kind of tricky but really intriguing. One thing I found interesting was that the Americans and the Russians built the ISS together, even if they were enemies in the 1960’s. 
  •       (J.M.) It was a pleasure to be there because it helped me see how much the world has advance in technology. I learned that even though we are all different, science gets as all together. An example is when Neil Armstrong said “A small step for a man and a big step for humanity” and he could have said a small step for a man and a “big step for America” but he was modest and he did not.  
  •     (J.F.P) It is an amazing opportunity to talk to an actual cosmonaut. I find it fascinating that I could communicate with someone so far away from myself, and the literal rest of the world, for that matter. 
  •       (I.L) I am so proud of my country, Ecuador, because the technology here is starting to advance; we are able to talk to the IUSS, make our Ecuadorian satellites and more people in this country are starting to get interested in space and technology.