Kids in space

Teven Tintenbar Primary School students Sheridan Veness, Lilli Palser-Barto, Isabella Cyrillo, Angus Swanson, Jonathan Cusack, James Wright and Cedar Rankin-Cheek with some of the artworks they have created in preparation for their live radio link-up with the International Space Station in August.

The students at Teven Tintenbar Primary School have been busy thinking up questions to ask US astronaut Jeff Williams as he orbits the earth on the International Space Station.

One night in August this year, 15 to 20 of the schools 170 students will get to talk directly with Commander Williams about life aboard the space station in a special live radio link-up.

We are the first NSW Government primary school to be chosen and the first regional school, so it is really significant to us, said school principal, Keith Scott. It is also an opportunity of a lifetime for the students and one they may not appreciate until they are in their 20s or 30s when they are old enough to understand just how unique a situation talking to an astronaut on a space station is.

The event is scheduled for early August, with an exact date being announced once the location of the space station can be plotted.

To help the students grasp the enormity of the universe a 7x7m sky dome showing the stars, the moon and the planets will be set up on the night, along with information sessions run by the Starry Night Planetarium company. The community is welcome to attend and see the students space work, along with a model of the space station and images of the night sky projected onto screens.

As this is such a historical event and we are expecting a lot of people to attend, we will be broadcasting the questions and answers for everyone at the school to hear, said Mr Scott.

Anyone interested in attending should contact the school on 6687 8210.


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