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  • 9 things from the movie ‘Hidden Figures’ that ended up in Hutchinson, Kansas

    9 things from the movie ‘Hidden Figures’ that ended up in Hutchinson, Kansas

    February 3, 2017

    “Hidden Figures,” a film about the true story of African-American women’s integral contributions to the American space program, has been receiving rave reviews.

    The film has a 93 percent rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and has received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (for Octavia Spencer) and Best Adapted Screenplay. As of Jan. 31, its worldwide box-office earnings were nearly $110 million.

    The legacy of the real people depicted in “Hidden Figures” is alive and well at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, including its collection of Mercury-program artifacts. But the No. 1 influence is the Cosmosphere's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for girls.

    Tracey Tomme, vice president for education, said Cosmosphere space-camp attendance is about 75 percent by white males, which mirrors the makeup of college engineering programs and STEM industries.

    Tomme said girls are just as interested as boys in science and math through about third grade, but a divide grows suddenly after that. Industries want to recruit more women in STEM fields, she said, but the pipeline to get girls from elementary school to STEM careers is broken.

    “We need to help fix that pipeline, and the time to do that is in fourth grade,” she said.

    To that end, the Cosmosphere started offering a number of girls-only camps in 2014, and attendance by girls has increased from 211 in 2014 to 253 in 2016, a 20 percent increase. Tomme said the content of the camps – Mars Academy for sixth- and seventh-graders and Space 101 for seventh- and eighth-graders – isn’t different from the coed versions.

    Read the full Hutchinson News article here.

Upcoming Events

  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Tereshkova: The First Woman to Fly to Space
    June 21
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Dwight Eisenhower and America’s First Steps Toward the Moon
    July 19
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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!

    Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    Location:

    Earth v the International Space Station Agriculture Contest

    Grow your way to Cosmosphere Aerospace Camp!

    Students fourth through twelfth grades are invited to take on the ISS in a competition to grow the most food within a one cubic meter garden space.

    A winner from each grade category below receives a camp package for 2019 summer camp season and will be recognized at the Cosmosphere this fall.

    Going into 4th - 6th Grade

    Going into 7th - 8th Grade

    Going into 9th - 12th Grade

    Contest starts May 1 and runs through September 30, 2018.

    We will be sharing our results with our Kansas Astronaut Col. Nick Hague while he is on the ISS!

    How It Works: Any student who wants to participate needs to carefully read the rules, set-up their garden, collect the required data, and turn in all results to the Cosmosphere at education@cosmo.org on or before September 30, 2018. 

    Click here to download the Space Ag Contest rules and entry form!

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    Q. Can a plant trail outside of the cubic meter area? 
    A. No.  All of the growing area including roots and plant must remain inside the cubic meter area.

    Q. Is it okay to plant vines along with other plants?
    A.  Yes.  You can plant any combination of plants you chose.

    Q. Must the light source also be in the cubic meter?
    A. No.  It may be above and can be natural such as sunlight or you can use a grow light.

    Q. Does the cubic meter area have to be a cube?
    A.  No.  It can be any shape as long as the total volume is only one cubic meter.

    Q. Can you add water?
    A.  Yes.  It does not have to be a closed system.  You may use water as you wish.  (Don’t tell our astronaut friends!)  Since the system does not have to be closed, water will be lost depending on wind and heat so we are not limiting how much water can be used.

    Q.  Does the cubic meter have to be a built structure?
    A.  No.  you just need to measure and make sure the growing area (roots and plant) are all within a cubic meter volumetric area.

    Q.  Is it okay to use a plant light?
    A.  Yes.  Any light source is acceptable.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Tereshkova: The First Woman to Fly to Space

    Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Thereshkova: The First Woman to Fly to Space," by Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. 

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Dwight Eisenhower and America’s First Steps Toward the Moon

    Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Dwight Eisenhower and America's First Steps Toward the Moon," with special guest speaker, Timothy Rives, Deputy Director at Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

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