Central Islip Students Connect with U.S. Astronaut Aboard the ISS

Central Islip Students Connect with U.S. Astronaut Aboard the ISS
Posted on 04/19/2018
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Students from across Central Islip School District were treated to an 'out of this world' experience when they spoke with NASA Astronaut Richard 'Ricky' Arnold while he was orbiting Planet Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 55. Students and staff from around the District observed as students asked unique questions to which they received informative responses about lie aboard the International Space Station. The connection between the International Space Station and Central Islip High School where the event was held was made possible with NASA and ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), working in conjunction with Network Outsource and Central Islip School District's Technology Department. The project to connect CI Students with Astronaut Arnold was a year in the making with program facilitators: Physics Teacher Ken Forman and Band Teacher Patrick Hait. Following Central Islip High School Principal Brett MacMonigle's welcome, the Central Islip High School Marching Band, under the direction of Music Teachers Jeremiah Ryan and Steve Muller performed the National Anthem. Mr. Forman and Mr. Hait delivered opening remarks. NASA Space Suit Engineer Benjamin Peters was the keynote speaker before the contact was made between Astronaut Arnold and students. Students who spoke with Astronaut Arnold included Gabriel Abrego, Genesis Arriola, Leah Barat, Anthony Bonilla, Leslie Bonilla, Isaac Cardenas, Catherine Chavarria, Jodhel Destina, Nixson Gonzales, Alexandrea Harriott, Lennis Joya, Keilly Marquez, Sophie Mejia, Jose Merlos, Oscar Murga, Anthony Ortega Mendez, Shanjidah Sarker, Muzaina Shahid, Daniel Trieu and Brianna Wilms. News 12 Long Island was on hand to cover the event after which our students were featured on the evening news. 

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