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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

  • Dream Big Food Drive
    February 1 – March 31
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  • Cosmosphere to Offer Free Mission Passes to First Responders
    March 7 – March 31
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  • Spring into BIG DREAMS at the Cosmosphere!
    March 17 – April 2
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  • Dream Big Food Drive

    Date: Wednesday, February 01, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere

    Help support the Cosmosphere's DREAM BIG FOOD DRIVE

    "BIG DREAMS can only happy when basic needs are met."

    Donate a canned item to our Dream Big Food Drive and receive an instant $1.00 off* any documentary.

    All canned items will be donated to the Reno County Food Bank. The Food Bank requests canned meat and canned fruit if possible. 

    *One instant discount per person.

    Don't Miss "Dream Big: Engineering Our World," now showing!

  • Cosmosphere to Offer Free Mission Passes to First Responders

    Date: Tuesday, March 07, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere

    As a thank you for their efforts and for continuously making sure our homes and lives are safe, the Cosmosphere will offer a free All-Access Mission Pass to any person with a first responder ID badge for the month of March.

    A Cosmosphere All-Access Mission Pass includes unlimited access to the Hall of Space Museum, one Carey Digital Dome Theater documentary, two shows in Our Universe Theaters and one ride on the naviGATOR Simulator.

  • Spring into BIG DREAMS at the Cosmosphere!

    Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere

    SPRING BREAK at the COSMOSPHERE

    Great engineering-themed fun during the weeks of Spring Break (March 17- April 2) at the Cosmosphere! 
    Extended hours begin March 17-March 26, with the Cosmosphere open until 7 p.m. 

     

    The following schedule is specific to the dates listed:

    Friday, March 17—Sunday, March 19: Lucky Weekend for Big Dreams and Big Fun
    Wear green for 10 percent off in the Cargo Bay gift store or on the purchase of a pass to Our Universe Theaters (Dr. Goddard’s Lab and the Justice Planetarium).  *Discount is not included on a purchase of the All-Access Mission Pass. For a full listing of movies, Our Universe Theater shows available and show times, please visit our Attractions page. 

     

    Space Out Saturday
    Saturday, March 18 (*some activities require admission):

    10 am and 12 pm Children can make an Irish-themed probability game at the Innovator’s table in the lobby
    11 am Children can participate in an engineering themed story time in the Cosmosphere lobby
    Noon, 2 pm & 4 pm Docent guided tours of the Hall of Space will be available for families
    1 pm Kids Space Trek guided tour of the Hall of Space Museum and scavenger hunt to collect gold coins for prizes
    2 pm - 4 pm Behind-the-scenes tours of the Cosmosphere camp areas will be offered
    3 pm Kids take a self-guided scavenger hunt through the Hall of Space Museum to collect gold coins for prizes

     

    Tuesday, March 21
    11:00 am - 2:30 pm: 
    Merrill Atwater, Director of Aviation, and Lindsey Dreiling, Manager of Aviation Marketing and Outreach from the Division of Aviation at the Kansas Department of Transportation, will be at the Cosmosphere to participate in Spring Break activities. 

    Atwater and Dreiling will help children participate in the paper airplane course challenge at the Innovator’s table in the lobby. Cosmosphere visitors will also have a chance to visit with them about Kansas aerospace and aviation. 

     

    Wednesday, March 22 and Saturday, March 25 (*some activities require purchase):

    Noon—2 p.m. Ice cream made with liquid oxygen will be served in the Cosmosphere lobby
    1 p.m. “Meet an Engineer” activities and conversation at the Innovator’s Workshop in the lobby
    2:45 (following the 2 p.m. “Dream Big” documentary showing) behind-the-scenes tour of Cosmosphere camps
    Noon–3 p.m. Ride the Multi-Axis Trainer for $2

     

    The following activities take place daily throughout Spring Break (March 17- April 2) *some require admission

    Innovator’s Workshop—Cosmosphere Lobby

    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, hands-on STEM activities for children from making a self-propelled paper car to a hologram illusion.

    Every Day
    Paper Airplane Challenges–Make paper airplanes and compete with your friends to see whose plane is best.

    Slender Tower Engineering Challenge–Make a tower out of paper and see how well it stands up to the wind. Compete in friendly contest Saturday, April 8, 2017. See contest information here. 

    Friday, March 17
    Stomp Air Rockets–Make a paper rocket and launch it with a stomp of your foot.

    Saturday, March 18 (10 am and 12 pm only)
    Make an Irish-themed probability game.

    Sunday, March 19
    Stomp Air Rockets–Make a paper rocket and launch it with a stomp of your foot.

    Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21
    Star Layers– Use Playdoh to learn about all the layers inside a star

    Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23
    Paper Plate Cars–Make a self-propelled car using a paper plate and other household items.

    Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25
    Holograms–Make a hologram illusion that you can use with any smart tablet.

     

    Adult Scavenger Hunt—Hall of Space Museum

    10 a.m.– 4 p.m. (excluding Sundays) Scavenger hunt through the Hall of Space Museum where adults can collect points to redeem for prizes.

     

    Dream Big Food Drive—Big Dreams can only happen when basic needs are met!

    Patrons will receive an instant $1 off* any documentary for a donated canned food item.  *One discount allowed per person. 

    All canned items will be donated to the Reno County Food Bank. The Food Bank requests canned meat and canned fruit if possible. 

     

    Feature Films, Documentaries and Our Universe Theater Shows

    During Spring Break hours, see feature films on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings both weekends at 7 p.m. 

     

    New Documentaries, Planetarium and Live Science Shows

    Visitors won’t want to miss the newest engineering documentary showing at the Cosmosphere: “Dream Big--Engineering Our World”!  “Night Sky Live” will show Planetarium guests the celestial bodies they can see each evening.  Additionally, “Black Holes” will begin showing. Shows in the Our Universe Theaters (Dr. Goddard’s Lab and the Justice Planetarium) will be added as needed due to attendance. 

    For a full listing of movies, Our Universe Theater shows available and show times, please visit our Attractions page. 

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