Hall Presidents Council encourages collaboration between dorms, hall improvement

first_imgAs Hall Presidents Council (HPC) co-chairs this year, seniors Joe Trzaska and Brendan Watts said they have focused on making HPC a collaborative environment for hall presidents and vice presidents.“At HPC, our goal is to disseminate information, to encourage collaboration between the halls and we run the Hall of the Year competition, so it’s like a competitive, collaborative spirit hybrid that exists in HPC where each dorm is trying is maximize its potential but all the dorms are working toward the same goal,” Trzaska said.To help with this goal, HPC hosts weekly meetings that feature hall announcements, other announcements and recurring features such as StaNDout and HPChat.With StaNDout, Trzaska said the presidents and vice presidents from two dorms each week share about life in their hall. While this segment has existed in the past, Trzaska said this year he and Watts have shifted its focus to a more day-to-day look.“Everyone knows about [the] Keenan Revue and Cav used to be a men’s dorm,” he said. “That’s interesting, but it’s not really relevant to how you can build your community today. We’ve tried to shift the focus of the StaNDout segment to a contemporary look at goings-on in the hall and things that make you proud of living there.”With the second feature, HPChat, Trzaska and Watts said they have tried to bring in outside speakers to help guide discussions. Past speakers have included Karen Kennedy, director of student centers, activities and events, and Mia James, assistant director for educational initiatives at the Gender Relations Center. Trzaska and Watts also plan to host vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, they said.Watts said the goal of bringing in the speakers is to make HPC engaging for hall presidents, to let them take valuable information back to their hall and to enable them to host better events. For instance, Watts said one HPChat focused on improving multicultural events in dorms.“We’ve had some really cool guests who have been able to get the presidents’ minds on different issues they might not have been focused on,” Trzaska said.To help encourage a more collaborative spirit between halls, Trzaska said he and Watts have tried to change the way dorms talk about their events during HPC.“Sometimes in the past there was really a spirit of competition, sometimes at the expense of other dorms in HPC,” Trzaska said. “If dorms had a really cool event — a recurring event, say — they would keep their cards close to their chest so that no one else could use it and get Hall of the Year points, too. To combat that, we tried to reframe the way dorms think about those events by doing cool event highlights each month.”Trzaska said he and Watts look at the Rocknes, forms dorms submit at the end of each month, and if they see a good event in the form, they will ask the president and vice president of the dorm to talk about it during HPC.As another way to help hall presidents and vice presidents, Watts said he and Trzaska have continued to host one-on-one meetings with the presidents and vice presidents at the start of the year but have also added in a mid-year meeting.At the beginning of the semester, Trzaska and Watts had the dorm presidents and vice presidents outline their goals for the year.“Each hall is trying to accomplish different things, trying to change different things,” he said. “ … We’re going to check in mid-year and see how they’re working on that rather than waiting until the end-of-the-year presentation and seeing if they accomplish [their goals]. By meeting with them mid-year, if they’re not on progress to meet those goals, we can hopefully help facilitate that.”Trzaska and Watts have also made a change to this year’s Hall of the Year competition, reallocating 5 percent of the score to GreeNDot participation.“If a hall reaches 15 percent participation in GreeNDot bystander training — they have 15 percent of the dorm bystanders trained — they automatically receive that 5 percent of the Hall of the Year score,” Watts said.Watts said there are also several incentives, such as cash prizes and water filtration systems, to help encourage dorms to go beyond the 15 percent. The change, Watts said, should help promote a safer campus environment as well as help give halls opportunities beyond the final presentation to earn Hall of the Year points. This year’s HPC co-chairs have made concrete steps to focus on specific changes in accordance with the goals for the year. They have an organized approach to creating change and have made actual changes in addition to thinking through future changes they want to make. Grade: ATags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Hall of the year, hall president’s council, HPClast_img read more

Tix Now Available for Monica Piper in Not That Jewish

first_img View Comments Tradition is a funny thing…Tickets are now on sale for Monica Piper in Not That Jewish off-Broadway. Performances will begin on October 6, with opening night set for October 23 at New World Stages.Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated writer, actress and comedian Piper stars in the hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical ride of a Jew…’ish’ woman’s life. From her show business family in the Bronx, to a WASP wedding, to her first step on a comedy club stage and life as a single mom, Piper shares the milestones and moments that shaped her life with the same signature wit found in her writing on Roseanne, Mad About You, and her Emmy Award-winning work on Rugrats.Reminiscent of Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays with a peppering of Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers, Not That Jewish, is 90 lightning fast minutes of funny, moving, intimate and inspirational theater. Related Shows ‘Not That Jewish’center_img Not That Jewish Show Closed This production ended its run on April 30, 2017last_img read more

DNCW places focus on girls for International Women’s Day 2012

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 5 Views   no discussions LocalNews DNCW places focus on girls for International Women’s Day 2012 by: – March 5, 2012center_img Share Tweet The Dominica National Council on Women (DNCW) will be placing emphasis on girls for this year’s International Women’s Day which will be celebrated globally on March 8th under the theme “Connecting Girls Engaging Families, Inspiring Future”.Josephine Dublin-Prince.President of the Council Josephine Dublin Prince has announced that one of the major activities will be a girl’s symposium which will target secondary schools students in 3rd and 4th forms as well as students of the Social Center and Business Training Center.“The symposium will focus on girl children out of secondary schools too. These places have teenage mothers who did not make it to the secondary school. We see that as important knowing what’s happening to our young girls.”According to Dublin Prince there has been a shift in the family structure resulting from the fact that there are several young mothers and the symposium will provide an opportunity to provide support to these young ladies.Some of the girls are agitators and involved in fights on the street. We are seeing a change in the family structure and who we perceive as the ones in violence,” she said. The other major activity will be a night of creative expression scheduled to take place at the Arawak House of Culture. “We believe that we need to connect the young girls to family because they are very important and essential the whole development of family. Through their journey to womanhood they face a lot of challenges. We have been hearing about abuse. We are saying we need to reflect on the process on the girl child to womanhood,” she said.The DNCW President noted that several women are expected to address the event.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Clippers win 11th in a row with victory over Cavaliers

first_imgIt’s the 11th straight win for the Clippers, who take their winning streak to Denver tonight. It ties for the second-longest win streak in franchise history, equaling the 11 in a row Buffalo Braves won in November of 1974.They set the club mark last season when they won 17 in a row, not that the Clippers are completely interested in the streak.“It really doesn’t matter,” Rivers said. “I don’t know what you get for winning games in a row in the regular season. There’s no ‘We had the longest win streak in the regular season’ trophy. It does not matter, and it shouldn’t matter.”They might have to make the trip without yet another ailing guard. This time it was Darren Collison, who was a game-time scratch against the Cavs due to a stomach virus.But they still have Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who led the way against Cleveland and got some help from the bench, with rookie Reggie Bullock scoring a career-high 14 points. Danny Granger added 11 off the bench. Performing his due diligence as a coach, Doc Rivers pulled out the video of the last time the Clippers faced the Cleveland Cavaliers.The dreaded homework assignment was as difficult to endure as he expected.“Honestly, I don’t know what I learned from that,” Rivers said. “You needed like three Diet Cokes to stay awake watching that game. That game was horrible to watch. By both teams. They were just less worse than us in that game.”The Clippers were held to a season-low 82 points on Dec. 7 in Cleveland but were substantially better Sunday in a 102-80 win over the Cavs at Staples Center. On his 25th birthday, Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Paul had 16 points and 15 assists and though the Clippers made only 44.7 percent of their shots, they committed only seven turnovers and limited Cleveland to 34.9 percent shooting..And forward Matt Barnes continued his run as well. Barnes had 11 points, making it the 12 th consecutive game of scoring in double figures. Barnes entered Sunday’s game averaging 16.4 points per game in March, shooting 55.7 percent from the field and making 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers.He took over the starting small forward duties on Jan. 20.“I’ve asked him to run to the deep corners every single time and if he did that, he would get open shots,” Rivers said. “That’s the only change we made. It took Matt and a lot of the guards to trust that. It opens the floor for us, makes it very difficult defensively because it flattens the defense out.,“Then it gives Mattt a chance because they’ve got to pull in to help with Blake. He’s been great at that and he’s been making shots.”Luol Deng led Cleveland with 23 points and Dion Waiters had 15 off the bench.Center Spencer Hawes had 14 points and five rebounds but was ejected with 1:19 left in the game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

REO prevents Region 5 Chairman from attending NDIA board meeting

first_imgRegional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice), Ovid Morrison, has prevented Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal from attending the monthly meeting of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority Board (NDIA).Reports reaching this newspaper are that the REO allegedly did not make the vehicle available to take the chairman to the meeting on Wednesday. According to the Regional Chairman, on Tuesday he informed his driver of his schedule for the following day, which included his attendance at the meeting.Regional ChairmanVickchand Ramphal“The driver went to Mr Morrison, who is the REO, late Tuesday afternoon for him to authorize the purchase of fuel. Mr Morrison refused to do so, stating that the Regional Chairman has to send him a copy of the invitation that came from National Drainage and Irrigation Authority,” Ramphal told this publication.The Regional Chairman further stated that he later tried to make contact with the REO, but to no avail. He said that when the REO finally answered, he told him he wanted to see the invitation for the board meeting from the NDIA before he authorises the purchase of fuel.Ramphal claims it is not a normal practice, since never in the past, working with two previous REOs, had any one of them requested such document, and/or tried to monitor the movements of the regional chairman.Region Five REO,Ovid MorrisonHe said he can only see this strange behaviour of the REO as one of retaliation because of him engaging a group of security guards recently who were not paid, and Morrison appeared to be very upset over the fact that the guards were getting the attention of the Chairman, since he himself (Morrison) had refused to address their concerns.When the meeting was called, Morrison chased the guards out of the Regional Boardroom, stating that he wanted to use it.“Is this the price elected officials have to pay when they make representation on behalf of the people of this dear land?” Ramphal questioned.He lamented that many of the drainage and irrigation issues that are affecting the residents and farmers of Region Five could have been addressed at the NDIA board meeting. “Now those issues will take another month, or even longer, to be addressed because of the REO’s disrespectfulness and uncaring attitude, the Regional Chairman told Guyana Times.(Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Where do Raiders still need the most help?

first_imgExactly one month stands between Monday and the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Raiders hold four of the first 35 picks and a league-high three on opening night.They were among the most active teams in the first two weeks of free agency, with the signings of Antonio Brown and Trent Brown highlighting a bevy of moves on both sides of the ball, yet plenty of work remains for Oakland to return to relevance in a division topped by two of the best teams in the NFL.Assuming the Raiders don’t send more …last_img read more

Johnny Cueto exits early as Dodgers fans, MVP chants permeate Giants territory

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s been awhile since the fans at Oracle Park chanted “MVP” in the month of September.For a team with a sub-.500 record wrapping up it’s third straight losing season, they were not cheers the San Francisco Giants expected or wanted to hear.When Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger launched a dramatic 419-foot home run onto the right field arcade in the second inning on Friday, it began an onslaught in a game that ended with the Giants losing 9-2.As Bellinger circled the bases, a …last_img read more

Mixed feelings as business leaders sleep rough

first_imgOn one of the coldest nights of winter, chief executives from more than 240 companies slept on the pavement. Their efforts were both lauded and criticised, but they raised funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa and built a lot of empathy for the homeless. The CEO SleepOut was a fun night out for business leaders, even though they had to brave the cold Johannesburg weather. The event brought in more than R24-million for Girls & Boys Town South Africa. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Pavement Bookworm ‘just wants to tell stories’ • Mam’ Khanyi rescues Hillbrow’s forgotten children • Jerome Slim Du Plooy cares about making a difference • Cheesekids help the less fortunate • A better South Africa, one baby at a time Shamin ChibbaOn a cold June evening in Johannesburg, The Commodores’ Nightshift blared from subwoofers over Gwen Lane in Sandton. “Gonna be a long night/It’s gonna be all right/On the nightshift.”It was an appropriate song, since the entire street was packed with chief executives from over 240 companies. They were participating in the CEO SleepOut. They left their warm beds to sleep on the street, albeit in warm sleeping bags, for one night to learn what homeless people go through and, in the process, to raise funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa.The Johannesburg event ran on the same evening, 18 June, as SleepOuts in Auckland, Toronto, New York, London and Sydney.Some of the more high-profile sleepers included Adrian Gore of Discovery, Rudolph Straeuli of Golden Lions Rugby, Zoiab Hoosen of Microsoft South Africa and adventurer Riaan Manser, who promised to sleep in nothing more than a Speedo.The chief executives huddled around bonfires, sitting on chairs made from cardboard which they would later turn into beds. They listened to stories told by real homeless people, one of them being Philani Dladla, who is also known as Johannesburg’s Pavement Bookworm, and were able to Tweet the progress of their night.Some of the participants ate before they hit the street; but once they were there, they were given only a small bowl of soup, prepared by top chef Reuben Riffel, and one bread roll for supper.For these men and women, it was a very expensive sleepover, costing their companies R100 000 each. Organisers the CEO SleepOut Trust, aimed to raise R25-million, but fell short by R400 000. All of the money will go to Girls and Boys Town South Africa, an NGO that helps nurture troubled youths. Gwen Lane in Sandton was home to more than 240 business leaders for a single night. Many found the experience of sleeping out on the street on a cold night gruelling. (Image: Shamin Chibba)SleepOut a gesture of solidarityIvor Chipkin, director of the Public Affairs Research Institute, says he participated to quell the cynicism he finds is pervasive in South African society. As an academic, he was the anomaly at the event.“There’s also a lot of cynicism in South Africa and I think gestures of solidarity need to be embraced. And this is a gesture of solidarity by the wealthy and powerful with people who are less fortunate than them. There’s a sense that nothing matters anymore and I think these sorts of gestures are valuable.”The chief executive of printing company Ren-form, Thomas du Sart, said he chose to participate after a lot of pressure to do so from his family. “It took about a week of nagging from my daughter and wife and eventually I gave in and said I would do it.”Du Sart is a resident of Riverlea, a poverty-stricken township in southern Johannesburg, and said he understood the suffering the poor experienced. “Coming from a disadvantaged background myself I have been exposed to poverty on the streets I have an idea of how people suffer on the streets, so if I can do my bit then I will put up my hand for that.”To the cynics who doubt the effectiveness of the SleepOut, Du Sart was straightforward. “The more the merrier. Why not come and join us and make it better for everybody?”Some were uncertain as to how to perceive the event while others called it an extravagant camping trip and even condescending to the poor. Not sure how I feel about the CEO sleep out. Seems like poverty porn. And the massive metro presence. I mean do the poor and homeless get this kind of support? Then it should be called camping. Posted by Hamish Hoosen Pillay on Thursday, 18 June 2015curious about the opinions of the homeless about this ceo sleepout. if they’re not offended by it, why should we be? — Claire Mawisa (@clairemawisa) June 18, 2015Not interested in debating this #CEOSleepOut thingy. Long as they raise enough money to remove even 100 orphans off the streets I’m cool. — Nchema (@ShottaZee) June 17, 2015Tim Blair re CEO Sleepout “instead of joining the homeless outside,how about our CEOs invite the homeless to spend a nice warm night inside” — Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) June 22, [email protected] @News24 they gona milk this for daaaays,these white collar skelms should b sent to the Hague — Matlotla Lesomo (@mjleshomo) June 20, 2015Housing a concernJerome Lottering, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, stood outside the blockaded street where the event took place to express his concern over poor housing, particularly in his community of Eldorado Park. His NGO intends on unifying the coloured, San, mixed race, Khoi, Griqua and Khoi San communities in South Africa and giving them a voice.Although he supports the CEO SleepOut and of the work of Girls and Boys Town, he wanted to use the event to “show solidarity with those who are living in squatter camps”. “We want to highlight this issue because we tried to contact the Department of Human Settlements and the Gauteng premier [David Makhura] yet none of them are coming back to us.”He said that it was the government’s constitutional obligation to provide housing to people who could not provide housing for themselves. “[The] government should come to the party and build houses. It seems to me that people don’t know what is going on in townships.” Jerome Lottering, left, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, used the CEO SleepOut as a platform to make the public aware of the homeless situation in his area of Eldorado Park. (Image: Shamin Chibba)AftermathAccording to news reports after the event, some participants said they were overwhelmed by the experience and were humbled by it.An unnamed participant told Eyewitness News he was humbled by the experience. “It grounds me when I have to experience what they experience every day.”Richard Poplak wrote on the Daily Maverick that the participants did not have publicise their charity. “As for the homeless, what do they want? I dunno—go and ask them. My guess is that most have no clue that the 0.1% took a night off to play at being homeless for their cause. They might wonder why all these fancy people didn’t just hand over the money quietly, without fanfare, without cameras, without all the corporate flimflam?“They might ask why these high priests found it necessary to perform empathy when empathy is a deeply personal engagement, a communion between souls that happens on the QT? They might remind these CEOs that when it comes to benevolence, there’s no need to tell the left hand what the right hand is doing?”last_img read more

Geocaching in Space – Q&A with Astronaut Rick Mastracchio

first_img SharePrint Related100 Days in Space – International Space Station Travel Bug Mission UpdateFebruary 10, 2014In “Community”Track a Travel Bug in SpaceOctober 20, 2013In “Community”Behind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to SpaceOctober 16, 2013In “Community” Students ask – Astronaut Rick Mastracchio answersOn his final trip to Space on November 2013, Astronaut Rick Mastracchio packed along a Geocaching Travel Bug to the International Space Station (ISS). The little Travel Bug connected with students all over the world to teach about space travel, science and geography.Since then many school kids have posted their questions on the Travel Bug details page, where Astronaut Rick Mastracchio (Geocaching name AstroRM) has answered them one by one.This is a collection of the question and answers that teachers can bring to their classroom and students can soak up. For the visual learner, have a look at the Pinterest board or check out the gallery on the trackable details page.Do you or your students have questions about space travel, that have not been answered yet? Post them on the Travel Bug details page! Let us know what school you are from, the grade, city, state and country!Russian teammates are working outside of Mastracchio’s window installing a telescope.At what speed does the International Space Station (ISS) travel?The ISS travels at a speed of 17,500 miles an hour.How far above the Earth is the ISS?The ISS is 220 miles above the Earth.What does NASA stand for?National Aeronautics and Space Administration.How many times a day does the International Space Station Orbit the a Earth?About 16 times a day.What a Expedition is Astronaut Rick Mastracchio going to the ISS on?Expedition 38What are the three countries the travel bug has gone to so far?United States, Germany and Russia.How far will the trackable travel during it’s 6 month on board of the ISS?Something between 70 and 82 million miles (112 and 133 million km).We learned that a long term effect of being in space is that our bodies begins to lose calcium and our muscles weaken. What do astronauts eat to help build calcium and muscle strength? Also, what types of physical exercise do you do when you are up there?It is true that our muscles get weak and ours bones get thinner and weaker when we are in a weightless environment, like the space station. It is similar to what happens to a person who is in bed 24 hours a day due to illness. We eat a very balanced diet that is determined by our dieticians and doctors. We also exercise every day. We run on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike and we also lift weights. The weight machine cannot use weights, since everything is weightless, so it uses large air pistons that allow us to control the resistance. It reminds me of a large bicycle pump.We learned that the body’s fluids shifts above your heart when in space. What does that feel like?On the earth your heart works hard to pump blood from your legs to your head. In space it does not have to work that hard to move the blood. When you first get into space your head gets puffy, and you feel like you have a headache. After a few days or week your body readjusts and you return to normal.How many people fit inside the of the Soyuz spaceship capsule?The Soyuz spacecraft holds a maximum of 3 people. My mission will include a Russian Cosmonaut, a Japanese Astronaut and me.How much training do you need to keep up with all of that technology?We train in many different areas. We train to operate the space station, operate the Soyuz vehicle, perform experiments, control robotic arms, perform space walks and many more things. For this mission alone I have been training for 2.5 years. I also had to learn to understand and speak the Russian language while doing all of this.How did you get those hitchikers that are attached to the travel bug?My daughter worked at a veterinary clinic and I was trying to come up with ideas for small items to fly in space and give to the schools. So the hitchhikers are literally small dog tags from my daughter.What does it feel like to be in space?When you first get to space you don’t always feel great. It takes time for your body to adapt. At first a lot of your blood goes to your head since there is no gravity to pull it down. This gives you a headache and a stuffy hose. Also, your stomach feels queasy, like you just rode on a rollercoaster 10 times. Eventually your body adjusts the blood in your head and your stomach gets used to being weightless. Then you feel great and it is like you are superman. You can fly and lift thousands of pounds.What does the Earth look like in space?The earth is beautiful from up here. So many colors of blue in the ocean. It is like looking at a globe or a map of the planet. I should have studied my geography a little more. It is sometimes hard to identify the countries but I am getting better. (See the pictures of Earth seen from space Rick has posted on the trackable’s details page here.)Can you see the weather from space?We can see clouds, hurricanes and even lightning storms. Lightning is my favorite thing to watch up here. I have seen huge storms cover almost all of Africa and the lightning strikes danced all over the place. It was incredible.Of course we can see snow covered places and If you know where to look we can see icebergs. They are difficult to tell from clouds but they have a slightly blue tint to them.What is your favorite thing to do in Space?I have many things that I enjoy doing here on the space station, Of course looking out the window at our Earth is fascinating. The many colors of the oceans and the snow capped mountains are beautiful. I especially like seeing lightning storms from space. It looks like the lightning is dancing all over the place.I also enjoy working on the research and experiments we have onboard the space station. We are very busy trying to develop new medicines and new technologies to help the people of the Earth.Can you see Utah/The Great Salt Lake from space?Yes we can easily see Utah and The Great Salt Lake from space. I will try to take a photo of them and send it to you if I can. Sometimes it takes many days to pass over a certain part of the world or sometimes we pass over it while we are sleeping.What Temperature do they have it set too inside the space station? Everyone seems to be in shorts.The temperature on the station is like your house. It is very comfortable. Some rooms which we call modules are warmer than others because they have so much equipment in them. We wear shorts sometimes for comfort but we always wear them for our exercise period. We have to exercise more than 2 hours every day so that we can walk again when we return to Earth.What is your favorite book? Why?I cannot say that I have one favorite book since there are so many good books that I have read. However, I will never forget reading The Swiss Family Robinson story. It was great. The reason I liked it was because the family landed on a deserted island with almost nothing and built everything they needed. They were very creative in finding ways to not only survive but make their life comfortable. Talking about it makes me want to read it again someday.Who is/was your inspiration? Why?I cannot say any individual or group inspired me but I did have many people affect my life and its course. My father was a hard worker and that really shaped me throughout my life. I had many teachers who encouraged me and helped me to get where I am today. My wife was always willing to follow me to new job assignments around the country.What are your favorite hobbies on the ISS and on Earth?At home I enjoy woodworking, building furniture, and working in my garden and yard. On the space station I enjoy looking out the window and taking pictures of interesting things I see. The photography is very difficult from up here so that in itself is a hobby. We are traveling 5 miles every second! So it is easy to miss a shot of an interesting place.We are also interested in how someone can email to and from space? How does the ISS connect to the internet?The space station has large bandwidth capability. That means it can transmit and receive a lot of data. This data can be simple commands to the space station, like turn on a device. The data can be audio, like a phone call or even video, like a television program. At any one time we can be transmitting or receiving multiple audio and video signals plus commands. This capability also allows us to send email just like you do except it is transmitted down to NASA first and then routed to the folks we send it to. We can also call our family on the phone from up here but they cannot call us. Sometimes on the weekend they transmit television up to us. It is only one channel but it is better than no channels.If I want to become an astronaut too, what is the most important thing you would advise?The most important thing is to go to college to study a subject you really enjoy. Then continue your education into graduate school and get a job working in the area you enjoy. Once you have established yourself you can try to get a job at a space agency if not in Egypt then perhaps in another country or Europe. I do not know anything about Egypt’s space program or if it has anything similar.How do you get fresh water and air on the ISS?Here on station we recycle our air and water. In the first picture you can see the travel bug visiting our toilet. This is where the water goes into the system. In the second picture the travel bug is visiting our water dispenser. This is where the water comes out of the system. So yes that means our urine is recycled into clean drinkable water. The water in the atmosphere from our sweat and wet towels and other sources is also captured, condensed into a liquid and recycled. We try not to waste any water on the ISS.It is interesting that the crew members release carbon dioxide (CO2) when we breath and of course urinate. The urine is used to make clean drinking water, then the water is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen. We use the oxygen to breath but what should we do with the hydrogen? We combine the hydrogen with the carbon dioxide (CO2) to make water (H2O) and methane. The methane we throw out. Every system has its limitations. Even though the system is not perfect it saves NASA from having to launch oxygen and water to the ISS.I think I will go get a drink of water now.Travel Bug at the ISS toilet.How does the machine that recycles water clean it again if was dirty before?We recycle all of our water. The system uses filters and also distillation. Distillation is when the dirty water is turned into gas and then back into water. This removes a lot of the impurities in the water.Is the water and air that you recycle good for you?The water and air we recycle is very clean and that makes it very good for us.Travel Bug on the ISS at the area where water comes out of filtration systemWhat does your food taste like?We have all kinds of food here on the space station. Most of the food has all the air and water removed to make it smaller and lighter. Then when we want to eat it we add water to it and it returns to its original form and shape. It does not taste as good as the food you have at home but it is pretty good.How does the rocket break apart?The rocket has 3 stages or parts to it. Each stage is like its own rocket. It takes a lot of power to reach low earth orbit. The first stage pushes us above the lower atmosphere and then it burns out and disconnects from the remaining parts. After it falls off, the second stage engine turns on or ignites and it pushes us even higher. This continues until we reach orbit. So the tall rocket that started on the launch pad is a small vehicle by time it reaches the space station.Are the beds uncomfortable?We sleep in sleeping bags that hang on the wall. But there is no gravity so there is no up and down. I can hang upside down all day and it does not affect me at all. Sleeping is very comfortable. It is like floating on air. Which is what I am really doing.How does a rocket fly? How does it fly straight up?The rocket has very powerful engines, and very complicated computers to control it. It flies up but it also flies away from the launch pad on a very specific path or trajectory. It is like shooting a basketball into a hoop. You need to aim it very carefully to get the ball into the basket. A rocket is like a big basketball, the space station is the hoop, and the computers are controlling the shot.How does the food get fresh again when you put water in the bag?The dehydrated food is food without the water in it. So when we add the water back it returns to its original form. Think of it like frozen food. It is not as good as fresh food but still pretty good.The  questions above have been asked by students of Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School-Waterbury, CT; Washington Elementary School-Waterbury, CT; Walsh Elementary School-Waterbury, CT; Chase Elementary School-Waterbury, CT; West Clinton Elementary School – Clinton, UT; Fairfield Middle School-Langdon, KS and Tinker School-Waterbury, CT.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more