Rome, July 13 (askanews) – Matera’s children call, Samantha Cristoforetti answers from space. This morning, for about ten minutes, the direct radio connection through the ARISS program was held among almost 50 children aged between 9 and 13 years from the schools “G. Pascoli”, “Nicola Festa” and from the Comprehensive Institute 6 “Donato”. Bramante “and the Italian astronaut, tuned by the” Giuseppe Colombo “Space Center – ASI (Italian Space Agency) in Matera and by the International Space Station (ISS), respectively. The trip, promoted by the Il Cielo Itinerante Association in collaboration with ASI and ESA, After test and ritual relations with NASA, the connection began. on earth and to Samantha’s life in space.From daily habits, rhythms of a typical day, sensations and travel time, through the road to becoming an astronaut and the choices made to become the first Italian and European woman to embark on space and steps into history.Some questions also touched on one of the most delicate questions on earth, climate change, which even Samantha confirmed in real time for the children “Yes, even fr a ISS station you can see the reduction of the surface of lakes and glaciers and the effects of drought “. Furthermore, a question related to the green revolution was going on on Earth, which also affects space missions: “There are certainly also developments in this sense, we are working with engines for rockets that use less toxic and less polluting substances,” the astronaut explained. The feeling of the children and the connection ended during applause from those present. Before getting in touch with the space station, participants had the opportunity to take a tour of the center thanks to the support of ASI. After contact with the astronaut, the activities continued and the children participated in a lesson about the lives of astronauts and the effects of the micro-gravity on the human body. The experience ended with a practical laboratory that made it possible to build and fire a rocket made by the participants themselves. The ARISS school contact is an educational activity that allows students to directly, through an amateur radio station, connect with the crew aboard the International Space Station. At Italian level, AMSAT Italia is the national branch of ARISS that allowed the connection. The Matera scene started at 9:00 and ended approx. Alessia Mosca (former MEP and Vice-President) and Giovanna Dell’Erba (Notatio in Rome and Vice-President), who aim to bring girls and boys in situations of socio-economic difficulties closer to the study of STEM subjects: a journey that began in 2022 in April and ends in October for a total duration of six months, affecting all 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 school dropout, 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 In the Invalsi 2021 data, we have identified the most critical areas by choosing to primarily insist there with our activities.Negative record where we are today, in Basilicata: in mathematics, the percentage of students below the minimum proficiency level testifies to 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 just an opportunity to wonder , but also the opportunity to imagine a different future, of new dreams and hopes “added Ersilia Vaudo, President of Il Cielo Itinerante.” This year we have concentrated on consolidating e 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 to promote scientific culture at different levels, among the very young and not, ”concludes Giovanna dell’Erba, Vice President of the Association.