In case you missed my blog last week, Monrovia High School has been one of six schools in the nation chosen to host a downlink from the International Space Station this year! This event means that 20 of our 5th grade students needed to be chosen to talk to an astronaut and ask them a question. These 20 students were chosen using a Bookmark Design Competition with the theme of Wildcats in Space. The winners and their questions are:
Sonia Andrews, Wild Rose
How do you digest your food without gravity?
Phoebe Levengood, Mayflower
What's the best part about being in a low gravity environment?
Farrah Sawyer, Bradoaks
How do you wash your clothes in outerspace?
Angel Ortega, Monroe
What do you miss most about Earth and why?
Kalani Tagavilla, Plymouth
What is it like to float in space?
Jared Zelinka, Bradoaks
What do you do during your free time on the ISS?
Grant Costarella, Mayflower
What inspired you to become an astronaut?
Emilee DeLuna, Bradoaks
How do you emotionally prepare your mind to go into space for so long?
Cameron Machowsky, Mayflower
Who flies the spaceship when people are asleep?
Gregory Seright, Bradoaks
What have you discovered in space that has surprised you?
Eve Terrill, Bradoaks
What do you do in case of an emergency?
Stephen Carlton, Wild Rose
Why doesn't the space station run out of oxygen?
Evan Lyman, Bradoaks
What does it feel like during lift off?
Carolina Tunstad, Mayflower
What is the most important job on a space station?
Nicholas Vanni, Mayflower
What is the process like to go through the atmsophere and into outer space?
Angela Luiten, Bradoaks
What training do astronauts have to do before going into space?
Jack Andrews, Mayflower
Is it always night and never day and also what language do you use since it is international?
Marisa Martinez, Wild Rose
Is it really scary to be in space?
Gabi Alcala, Mayflower
How do you adjust back to regular life after coming back from space?
Andrew Diaz, Wild Rose
How do you keep your food fresh?
Grant Costarella has been awarded the grand prize, and his art will be used to create the logo for the event. One winner from each school site was chosen, and their bookmarks will be printed for all the 5th graders at that site. Those winners are Phoebe Levengood (Mayflower), Farrah Sawyer (Bradoaks), Sonia Andrews (Wild Rose), Kalani Tagavilla (Plymouth), and Angel Ortega (Monroe). All art work can be seen in the attached photos.
The kick-off for the ISS Downlink Event will be held on March 2, 2013 from 10am to 2pm. MHS will be hosting a Science Expo in the MHS quad that will include multiple demonstrations, speakers, a huge robotics competition, and much, much more! Stay tuned for more information about this event. Sponsors so far include Foley & Mansfield, Attorneys at Law, Ford Printing & Mailing, ITT/Exelis Deep Space Network, Melvin Vesely, and Horizon Production Resources. Additional participants include the Santa Fe Dam RC Modelers Club, FIRST Robotics, GAVRT (Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope), Miyachi UniTek, Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), Old Town Astronomers, Pasadena Radio Club, and many more. This should be a fun time for all and the entire community is invited!
We are very excited that MHS has been selected to host this event. For sponsorship information and/or to participate in the Science Expo, please contact Sue Yost at firstname.lastname@example.org. The sponsorship form is also attached to this blog.