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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.

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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Long Duration Spaceflight and Planetary Exploration

    Date: Thursday, May 17, 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: "Long Duration Spaceflight and Planetary Exploration: How Astronaut Physiology and Mission Requirements Influence Future Spacesuit Design," with special guest speaker, Ryan Z. Amick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Performance at Wichita State University.

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

  • Space Out Saturday: Jupiter!

    Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: JUPITER! May is the fifth month and Jupiter is the fifth planet, come learn about the largest planet in our solar system and why it has the most moons. Make your own solar system bracelet!

    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! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    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.

  • Space Out Saturday: Earth & Temperature

    Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: EARTH & TEMPERATURE! The first day of summer is June 21st, how do the sun’s rays affect the temperature on Earth with its tilt? Make your own Earth and see how the sun’s rays move around the Earth.

    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! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    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.

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