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Saturday, August 26

6:00 - 11:59 pm

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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

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: First Man on the Moon
    August 17
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  • Space Out Saturday: Aviation
    August 19
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  • Members’ Only Eclipse Viewing Party
    August 21
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: First Man on the Moon

    Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    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 by Cosmosphere staff, on "First Man on the Moon."

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

  • Space Out Saturday: Aviation

    Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: AVIATION! August 19 is National Aviation Day. Kids can make their own airplane!

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! 

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am

    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Members’ Only Eclipse Viewing Party

    Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM
    Location:Atchinson, Kansas

    Mission:Totality

    August 21, 2017...

    The Sun will disappear behind the Moon.

    Daylight turns to twilight. 

    Temperatures drop. 

    Light streaks throughout the sky. 

    Come experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America with the Cosmosphere! Members' take a daytrip with the Cosmosphere team to the Eclipse Aire Fest at the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, Kansas, to view the total solar eclipse. Depart in a luxury motorcoach from the Cosmosphere parking lot at 6:30 a.m., returning to Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m. 

    Provided on the trip: Eclipse viewing glasses, viewing through the Cosmosphere telescope and binoculars with Cosmosphere educators, snacks, beverages, a fact and safety booklet on the total eclipse and a commemorative eclipse t-shirt. Lunch is on your own and can be enjoyed at your choice of a variety of food trucks at the Eclipse Aire Fest (atchisonkansas.com/events/eclipse-aire-fest).

    Complete schedule will be provided to participants. 

    For more information on the 2017 August 21 Eclipse, check out these great websites!
    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
    https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/
    http://mreclipse.com/
    https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/citizen-science
     

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