Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Students Skype with spaceman

Hundreds of kids gather to ask Chris Hadfield questions

  • Print
Mackenzie Sample asked Cmdr. Chris Hadfield if it was hard to learn to walk again after being in space during École Dieppe’s Skype chat with the astronaut.

SUPPLIED PHOTO Enlarge Image

Mackenzie Sample asked Cmdr. Chris Hadfield if it was hard to learn to walk again after being in space during École Dieppe’s Skype chat with the astronaut. Photo Store

Chris Hadfield may not be floating around in space anymore, but plenty of people still think he’s out of this world.

The astronaut and international celebrity talked to about 400 École Dieppe students and 100 parents via Skype on May 5, also known as Music Monday, which is "an annual event that brings together thousands of students, musicians, parents and community members across the country to celebrate the gift of music in our lives, on the same day at the same time", according to musicmonday.ca

"What happens on Music Monday is at the same time across Canada, everyone is united in song, whether they play instruments or sing a song," said Andrea Wicha, music teacher at École Dieppe.

In addition to schools and organizations being united in song at the same time, there was also a contest to win a Skype chat with Hadfield.

"When you entered your school or organization online as participating in Music Monday, you were automatically entered into a draw to Skype with Chris Hadfield," Wicha said.

École Dieppe was the winner, and the students and parents, seated in the gym in front of a large projection screen, got to talk to Hadfield, who was in Edmonton, Alta.

"We asked the students to submit questions, and then the principal (Elaine Giasson) and vice-principal (Rodelyn Stoeber) chose four students to ask (Hadfield) questions from the box of questions," Wicha said.

One student asked if it was hard to walk once he got back to Earth, and another asked how he eats and sleeps in space.

Wicha was also able to ask Hadfield a question about how music influences his life, as Hadfield is also known for his song with Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson, Is Somebody Singing.

"My question was how he began his musical journey and what influenced him," Wicha said.

The Skype chat was only supposed to be a few minutes long, but it lasted more than half an hour.


Facebook.com/TheMetroWPG
Twitter: @metroWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

We’re experiencing a warm fall so far. Are you enjoying the higher temperatures?

View Results