9/11 a day we will never forget

9/11 will always be remembered as the date of the worst terror attack in history took place. Four passenger airlines were hijacked by 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes crashed into the south and the north towers of the world trade center complex in New York, also known as the Twin Towers. Another plane crashed into Pentagon in the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense in Virginia. The fourth plane was headed for Washington D.C, but the passengers manage to stop the hijackers. So therefor they crashed the plane into a field in Pennsylvania.

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At 8:45 am, Tuesday september 11th, a American Airlines plane were crash into the north tower of the world trade center in New York. The plane hit between the 80th and 110th floor, and made a big explosion due to the 20,000 gallons of jet fuel that were loaded in the plane. Only 18 minutes later the second plane hits the south tower, around the 60th floor. Just enough time for everyone to start filming the first tower, the other one strikes. The whole world watched the second plane hit, and the terrorist got their attack spread just as they hoped. People got trapped in the higher levels of the buildings and several were killed when the planes hit.



Five hijackers attacked the cockpit already 35 minutes into the flight. One of the hijackers were trained as a pilot and crashed the flight that was headed for Los Angeles into the Pentagon. All 64 passengers died and 125 other on the inside of Pentagon. The crash started a huge fire and lead to the collapse of the building.

9/11 2001 was the deadliest day in the history for New York firefighters, 343 lost their lives in the operation. All together there was almost 3000 people killes in the attacks.





Film review: Gravity

In class today we saw the movie Gravity, since we’re going to the IPN conference next Friday and listen to the former astronaut Rick Hieb.

The movie Gravity was released in 2013, and was directed by Alfonso Cuaron. It goes under the genre drama/sci-fi, and has received a total of impressingly 7 Oscar awards.

The movie has two main characters, Dr. Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski, who are working on a spaceship. A storm of garbage hits and ruins their spaceship. Everyone inside and one of the astronauts die before they manage to evacuate. Ryan Stone tumbles through space, but Matt Kowalski recover her and they are able to navigate back to the spaceship. They find it in a very damaged condition, and decide to try to reach an International Space Station. After navigating 1.450 km they try to grab onto the ISS. Stone’s leg gets tangled in the parachute from the spaceship, and she grabs the rope that is connecting her with Kowalski, but they quickly realize that it can’t support them both.

Kowalski detaches himself from Stone despite her protests. After Stone gets inside the ISS a fire breaks out. She manages to rush to the Soyuz, but when she tries to navigate the parachute is tangled in the ISS. She spacewalks to detach the parachute from the ISS and release the capsule. The garbage storm strikes again and ruins the ISS. She uses the Soyuz to get to a Chinese space station, since she can’t use the Soyuz without the parachute. And finally starts her life make or break journey back home.

The two main characters are played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Sandra takes the lead as Dr. Ryan Stone, who is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. While Clooney plays the veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski who is on his last journey before retiring. Dr. Ryan Stone is both brave and smart, with an incredible willpower. She is very down to earth and likeable, and she fights till the very end. Matt Kowalski is noble and protective, kind and helpful. And he puts Ryan’s life before his own, which sadly leads to an unfortunate destiny for himself.

Almost all of the story takes place in space, except for a small part at the end when she has made it back home to earth.

My favorite part of the movie is in the end where Stone finally arrives to the Earth. It is very enjoyable to watch how happy she gets when she takes her first step on the ground after almost dying in space. I also “liked” the part when Kowalski gave up his own life to save Stone’s. I was very touched by that part. All in all I thought the movie was very interesting, and I would very much recommend it!

The IPN conference in Oslo, Norway 2016

On Friday 16th of September our English class are taking a trip to Lillestrøm to listen to speakers at the IPN conference. Some students from the class are also having a presentation with our teacher about the ICT use in our school. The speakers on Friday are first us form Sandvika, then Ellen Therese Rasmussen and Evita Tasiopoulou who talk about girls and technology. After lunch astronaut Rick Hieb will be talking about “The Role of Space Exploration in inspiring the engineers and scientists of the future” with scientist and engineer Sue Lederer.

Sandvika VGS: 

Sandvika High School is one of the best schools in the Bærum municipality, as also one of the most open for technology in
stitutions. Block scheduled timetables, digital books and using laptops in class is nothing unusual for students here. Despite such a big role of high tech in our learning, Sandvika manages to be a very sucessful place, where internation collaboration is, one can say, an everyday matter.

Therefore, my international english class is planning to attend the the International education business Partnership Network (IPN) in Lillestrøm, Norway. On Friday the 16th of September, some of my classmates are going to present how the global classroom works and what the idea of technology in school is. The point of this conference is to develop ICT as a tool for international Collaboration. Below, is a short description of the other speakers at the conference.


Ellen Therese Rasmussen:

Ellen Therese Rasmussen is one of the speakers joining us at the IPN conference. She is from a company called Union consult which is an engineering office working with counseling. Rasmussen is going to talk about something called Girls and Technology (GIT) which is a global non-profit focused on girls and women who are passionate about technology. GIT are working with getting more women into the technology industry and they have more than 50 000 members located around the world.

Evita Tasiopoulou

Evita Tasiopoulou has been working on Educational Projects since 2004 and she is a Project Manager at European Schoolnet. Evita has a big interest in schools pilot activities, schools-industry collaboration, space studies, gender issues and impact of remote laboratories. Evita is originally from Greece and she has a bachelor in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Kent in Canterbury in the U.S. She has completed a 2 year course on Child Psychology as well.

Rick Hieb and NASA

Richard James Hieb is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. Rick Hieb is one of the most experienced astronauts in the USA. On one of his missions he set the world record in space walk. He was 8 hours and 29 minutes outside the spaceship. At the conference he will speak about: adventures in space, education and qualification program, exciting prospects for space exploration and space and civilian application. icon175x175.png

NASA is short for National Aeronautics and Space Administration and is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government which is responsible for the civilian space program. Most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and the Space Shuttle. NASA was established in 1958 by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Susan Lederer:

NBL_7.30_009-four-three.jpgSusan Lederer is a engineer and scientist at NASA, she has a M.S and Ph.D in Astronomy and a B.S in mathematics and physics. When she took her BS at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire her professor caught her looking at the stars in the Phillips planetarium, and he offered her a student assistantship in the planetarium. The school gave her many experiences that lead her to her career. After the finished her BS she went to take a Ph.D in astronomy and now she is a space scientist for NASA.