Students at West Ferris Secondary School will be taking part in a very long-distance call on Monday.
The Near North District School Board (NNDSB) says Grade 8 science students, taught by Jason Henstridge, will be making radio contact with the International Space Station.
The board says the students have been preparing for the event since October, with a select number given the opportunity to ask an astronaut questions about their experience in space.
They’ll be speaking with Dr. Koichi Wakata, a member of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, who began his career in space in 1996 as a crew member of the Endeavour Space Shuttle.
This event was organized through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.
NNDSB says the initiative looks to inspire students to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engage them with radio science technology through amateur radio.