Samantha Cristoforetti in direct connection with Matera’s children

DinnerJuly 12, 2022 – 12:21 p.m.

On July 13, at 11:11 a.m., nearly 50 children in the Matera Space Center will be able to talk to the Italian astronaut as part of the “Italia Brilla Costellazione 2022” trip

from Cinzia Semeraro

Tomorrow at 11:11 “Giuseppe Colombo” Space Center – ASI (Italian Space Agency) Matera almost 50 children of “G. Pascoli”, “Nicola Festa” and the Comprehensive Institute 6 “Donato Bramante” from the city, between 9 and 13 years, get the opportunity to talk to the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti through a direct link. The initiative will be the central moment in stop in Basilicata of the tour “Italy Shines Constellation 2022”, promoted by the Il Cielo Itinerante Association. The young participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Samantha Cristoforetti, who will be connected for ten minutes from 11:11 to 11:21 (Italian time) through the ARISS program live from the International Space Station.


The project

ARISS school contact is an educational activity that allows students to connect directly, through an amateur radio station, with the crew aboard the International Space Station. At Italian level, AMSAT Italia is the national branch of ARISS that allowed the connection. The stage of Matera starts at 9:00 and will have a total duration of about five hours. Before connecting to the space station, participants will have the opportunity to take a tour of the center thanks to the support of ASI. After contact with the astronaut, the activities will continue and the participants will participate in a lesson about the lives of astronauts and the impact of micro-gravity on the human body. The experience ends around kl. 13:30 with a practical workshop that allows you to build and launch a rocket made by the participants themselves.

“Italia Brilla Costellazione 2022” is the name of the main initiative promoted by Il Cielo Itinerante, an association founded by Ersilia Vaudo (ESA Chief Diversity Officer and President of the Association), Alessia Mosca (former MEP and Vice President) and Giovanna Dell ‘Erba (Notatio in Rome and Vice President), which aims to bring girls and boys in situations of socio-economic difficulties closer to the study of STEM subjects: a tour that began in April of 2022 and ends in October for a total duration of six months, affecting all the Italian regions and 50 municipalities.

The project, of which UNICEF Italy is the main partner, is sponsored by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and is part of the joint training program with ESA – European Space Agency, promoted on the occasion of Samantha Cristoforetti’s Minerva mission. The initiative is also sponsored by the Ministry of Education.

“The map of our country shows an alarmingly implicit dropout rate, with the southern regions reaching peaks of around 20% – emphasizes Alessia Mosca, Vice President of Il Cielo Itinerante – For this reason, based on the analysis of the Invalsi 2021 data, we have identified the most critical areas by choosing to insist mainly there with our activities. Negative record where we are today, in Basilicata: in mathematics, the percentage of students below the minimum competence level is 59% ».

“When a boy or girl looks at the craters of the Moon or the rings of Saturn through a telescope, they breathe a moment of infinity, and a transformation takes place. Looking up and looking at the sky is not only an opportunity for wonder, but also the opportunity for to imagine another future with new dreams and aspirations “, he added. Ersilia VaudoPresident of Il Cielo Itinerante.

“This year we have concentrated on consolidating our activities in the area, but for next year we plan to expand our focus area, primarily by establishing an Academy of the Sky, through which we would like to train our communicators. The goal will be to create a good, self-nurturing circle through which one can promote scientific culture at different levels, among the very young and not, ”he concludes. Giovanna dell’Erbavice chairman of the association.

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