All Saints STEAM Academy, host of this Friday’s first-ever, RI space-to-school chat, has announced the Rhode Island winners of the recent “Ask the Astronaut” contest. Winners will be asking their questions this Friday directly to NASA astronaut Jeff Williams who is currently aboard the International Space Station.


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Additionally, they are providing information on how students, teachers, and the general public may watch this unique hands-on, STEAM educational event where veteran astronaut (and former RI resident)  Jeff Williams will answer as many questions as possible during the space station’s ten minute, 17,000 mph transit across New England on Friday.

  1. The school received 210 questions from 18 RI schools. The quality of the questions was so good, that the  number of  student winners increased from the original plan of three to seven.  Sorted by town, the winners are:
SchoolTownStudentGrQuestionTeacherPrincipal
Sowams ElementaryBarringtonHannah Greene3What is the most interesting piece of space debris that you’ve seen?Jenny GaynorJim Callahan
Saint PhilipGreenvilleMia Russo6Do you use special writing devices in zero gravity?Christine MathieuCynthia Senenko
Saint PhilipGreenvilleMarykate Tillinghast7Do your sleep dreams change in zero gravity?Christine MathieuCynthia Senenko
Lawn MiddleJamestownNayan Sapers6What has been your biggest accomplishment in space so far?Charlene TuttleNate Edmunds
Lawn MiddleJamestownHunter Schnelle6What do you do to maintain your mental and emotional well-being?Charlene TuttleNate Edmunds
Highlander CharterProvidenceTravis Phillips1What do you do for fun with the rest of the crew?Katie MeloroRose Mary Grant
DelSesto MiddleProvidenceDelssy Garay8If becoming an astronaut is so challenging, why did you decide to become one?Julie MottaArzinia Gill

2. The general public can watch the full presentation beginning at 1145AM Friday on a 21 foot screen  — courtesy of newportFILM — at nearby St Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Rd, Middletown.  Free tickets are available though rispacechat2016.eventbrite.com
3. Schools and students unable to attend may watch the 1145AM-1PM event in school via Livestream.com.  The actual link is:  http://livestream.com/accounts/9685187/events/5301163   (Viewers will need a no-cost Livestream.com account and should pre-check their access through school firewalls and content filters).  Direct contact with the space station is forecasted to start at 1240PM Friday but earlier viewing is encouraged. .

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