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Mooreland Heights Elementary Students to Speak with International Space Station

At 9:54 a.m. on Monday, May 7, the International Space Station (ISS) will pass over North America. During the 10-minute window, students from Mooreland Heights Elementary will be talking live with astronaut Ricky Arnold, who is currently on the ISS.

Students were challenged to submit questions about living and working in space, the ISS and more. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARIS) partnered with NASA to select the questions submitted to a pool of questions to be used during a live communication between the school and ISS that will occur using a HAM radio operated by local volunteers.

Mooreland Heights is one of 25 schools across the country to partner with ARIS, a company whose mission is to connect kids with astronauts to help encourage them to pursue STEM careers.

The school will continue promoting STEM by hosting the Gold Medal Math Competition on May 11 for third grade students who have worked hard to memorize their 0-12 multiplication facts. The competition will be hosted at Charter Doyle Park in South Knoxville at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony will follow at 11:45 a.m.