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Wellesley counts down to contact with astronaut Tim Peake

Wellesley House School has been selected as one of ten schools nationally to host a direct link-up with the International Space Station (ISS) when our first British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, is in orbit next year.

Links to latest news:

 

On 15 December British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake will be launched on his mission to the International Space Station. He is the first British ESA astronaut to do so.

Principia Mission

https://principia.org.uk/

Follow Tim Peak on TwitterTim Peake will launch on December 15th 2015 with the Principia Mission and will spend six months working and living on the ISS.The launch events will complement the £3 million programme of education and outreach activities being run by the UK Space Agency to harness the inspirational power of Tim’s mission, bring the excitement of space to classrooms and venues across the country and encourage interest in STEM subjects in the upcoming months.

Amateur Radio Contact 2016

Thanks to collaboration between Amateur Radio RSGBon the International Space Station (ARISS), the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA), 10 Winning UK schools have the opportunity to contact British ESA Follow UK Space Agency on Twitterastronaut, Tim Peake, via amateur radio during his mission to the ISS. In a ten-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, on a date to be confirmed, an amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and school pupils will be able to ask him questions directly about his life and work on board the ISS.

Wellesley House School, Broadstairs, has been shortlisted as one of just ten schools nationally that may host a direct link-up with the International Space Station (ISS) when our first British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, is in orbit next year. Not every school on the shortlist will be fortunate enough to host one of the calls as this will depend upon Tim’s working arrangements on board the ISS and suitable times when the ISS passes over the UK during Tim’s mission. Wellesley House is delighted to open up this opportunity to other schools to join us and take part in this exceptional opportunity.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/winners-announced-shortlist-for-amateur-radio-calls-to-iss

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) will be at this two-day event in 2016 at Wellesley House to teach pupils about amateur radio and support links with local amateur radio clubs.

Follow the links below to find out more about Tim Peake, the amateur radio contact and school activity ideas to support the mission.

News Release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-poised-to-wave-astronaut-tim-peake-on-his-journey-to-space

Activity Pack: https://principia.org.uk/get-involved/#activities

BBC timetable of coverage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/bbc-tim-peake

 

14th November - Local Schools Share in Wellesley Opportunity

Leading #KentPrincipia, further update.

14th November

Wellesley House School is delighted with the overwhelming response from local Kent schools who we invited to share in the exciting possibility of speaking directly to Tim Peake (https://principia.org.uk/ ) whilst he is on board the International Space Station (ISS) for six months next year.

There were representatives from a wide variety of schools ranging from nursery to University, private and state.  Click here to read the story in the Thanet Gazette about this meeting.

The schools that are now involved in this Kent team project are:

Callis Grange Nursery and Infant School  www.callis-grange.kent.sch.uk/

Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk

Christ Church C of E Junior School, Ramsgate www.christchurchjuniors.com/

Dane Court Grammar  www.danecourt.kent.sch.uk 

Garlinge Primary School and Nursery www.garlingeprimary.co.uk

Hartsdown Academy www.hartsdown.co.uk/

Junior Kings, Canterbury www.junior-kings.co.uk

Newington www.newington-ramsgate.org.uk/

Palm Bay School www.palm-bay.kent.sch.uk/

Pluckley C of E Primary www.pluckleyprimaryschool.co.uk/

Reculver C of E Primary www.reculver.kent.sch.uk/

River Primary www.river.kent.sch.uk/

Royal Harbour Academy www.rha.kent.sch.uk/

St George’s C of E Foundation School, Broadstairs  www.stgeorges-school.org.uk/

St Laurence C of E Junior Academy www.stlaurencejuniors.co.uk/

St Lawrence College, Ramsgate www.slcuk.com/

St Mildred’s Primary Infant School  www.st-mildreds.kent.sch.uk

Stone Bay School www.stone-bay.kent.sch.uk

Ursuline College www.ursuline.kent.sch.uk/

University of Kent https://www.kent.ac.uk/

The meeting on the 11th of November was to explain the details of the ISS contact and how we would like other schools to be involved. We heard from Ciaran Morgan, ARISS (http://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html ) (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Operations lead in the UK, via Skype, who explained the reason why the number of possible dates available are so limited and what would be involved in the contact itself.

Next Steps

The next step will be for the interested schools to launch a competition at the same time as Tim launches into space (15th December 11.02am) to select the pupils who will be able to join us at Wellesley House for a whole day of space related activities and the contact with Tim Peake live with video feed as well as radio link.

We have provided a whole host of brilliant launch ideas in the links below to make launch parties across Kent a real blast!

As with most things which take place in space the date for the contact has to be relatively flexible. We are hoping that it will take place in February but nothing will be confirmed until possibly 6 days before.

The possible dates for our contact provided by ARISS are:

8-12th of February,

22-27th February,

29th February-4th March.

More information is to follow. 

As we discussed at the meeting : if you are referring to anything related to this event or Tim Peake  on twitter please use #KentPrincipia so that we can link all of the events.

In the meanwhile please follow the below links for further relevant information.

There is a great introduction to Tim that you can use for assemblies and lessons available at: https://principia.org.uk/get-involved/#activities   

For more information about Tim’s Principia mission online, visit http://timpeake.esa.int/

Follow Tim Peake on social media: Twitter: @astro_timpeake .  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESATimPeake .  Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timpeake .  Tim Peake will also be writing about his mission on: http://blogs.esa.int/tim-peake/

Resources:

For free children’s space diaries: http://principiaspacediary.org/

Prepare for launch by watching Space Station 3 D with your class for free: http://www.intofilm.org/festival

Odyseus II Competition

Aimed at 3 age groups - Skywalkers (age 7-13), Pioneers (14-18), Explorers (17-22)

http://www.odysseus-contest.eu/explorers/

Possible sources of funding and support:

Space for All Grant Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-funding-academic-community-and-educational

The Institute of Physics: http://www.iop.org/about/grants/school/page_38824.html

Tim Peake Grant Scheme   Round Two There are 90 grants of £1000 with a deadline of December 14th. Further information available on https://www.sciencelearningcentres.org.uk/media/filer_public/08/80/0880de42-4ebc-4c94-bd75-422f7cd1f3a1/tim_peake_grant_scheme_-_guidance.pdf

 

18th November

Kent Online Article: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/pupils-on-shortlist-for-a-46520 

Tim Peake: How I became a British astronaut: http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/z2gxp39

 

11th December - TIM PEAKE LAUNCH DAY DECEMBER 15TH (Launch: 11.02am)

Wellesley House School is hosting a launch party next Tuesday, December 15th. This will be with a number of the Kent Schools that have joined us as the #KentPrincipia team hoping to talk with Tim Peake early next year via amateur radio contact. 

We believe that the excitement of Tim’s Principia mission, coupled with the intense media coverage, will capture the imagination of our pupils, supported by the wide range of first class educational resources that the UK Space Agency has made available free of charge. 

The launch will be televised by a number of channels including live on the BBC and online via NASA TV and ESA TV.  For more information, please visit www.principia.org.uk

We will be showing the children what life will be like for Tim on the International Space Station, hosting a space quiz, before watching the build up and actual launch and then inviting the children to get their thinking caps on and come up with questions they would like to put forward to Tim.

The other Kent schools will then launch their own competitions after Tim launches into space to select the pupils who will be able to join us at Wellesley House next year where we will hopefully host a two-day, space related STEM workshop and the live contact with Tim Peake with video feed as well as radio link. Not every school on the shortlist will be fortunate enough to host one of the calls as this will depend upon Tim’s working arrangements on board the ISS and suitable times when the ISS passes over the UK during Tim’s mission.

If Wellesley is fortunate to host one of these calls, ARISS UK (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) will provide and set up all necessary radio equipment such as low earth orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios, to establishing a fully functional, direct radio link with the ISS from Wellesley's own premises. In a ten-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and pupils will be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

Owing to the nature of scheduling the links, which is dependent on geography, the exact orbit of the ISS and the crew schedules, the exact dates and times for possible links will not be known until 1 to 2 weeks before the link up is scheduled. We are hoping that it will take place in February but nothing will be confirmed until at least a week before. 

Latest News Articles

School House Magazine - http://schoolhousemagazine.co.uk/blog/wellesley-house-to-major-tim

 
 

ITV News - http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-12-15/igniting-imaginations-schoolchildren-react-to-historic-space-launch/

Isle of Thanet Gazette - http://www.thanetgazette.co.uk/Thanet-children-celebrate-British-astronaut-Tim/story-28371118-detail/story.html#kgt71dbjsRMdldlp.03​

ITV News - http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-12-15/pupils-from-across-kent-join-to-watch-historic-space-launch/

Mercury News Daily - http://www.mercurynewsdaily.com/russian-capsule-heads-for-space-station-2705/​