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  • Cosmosphere Camp 301 Students

    Cosmosphere Camp 301 Students

    June 23, 2017

    For more than 30 years, students participating in what is now called Camp 301 at the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center and Space Museum in Hutchinson, KS, have traveled to Houston and Johnson Space Center as part of their camp experience. This week, their experience will sink to new depths.

    Cosmosphere was part of the Bezos Expeditions effort to recover and conserve the F1 engines that launched the Saturn V rockets of the Apollo program. Those engines were recovered from the bottom of the ocean floor in 2013 using highly sophisticated robotics.

    As one of the museums now exhibiting part of the recovered F1s from the Apollo 11 mission, Cosmosphere staff and patrons recently had the opportunity to learn more from Vince Capone who was operations manager for the Bezos Expeditions team. The connection inspired Cosmosphere Vice President Tracey Tomme to add a new element to this year’s Camp 301 experience.

    “I am very excited about the connections this year between our Space 301 camp and the F1 Project.  Based on discussions with Vince Capone and the video he showed of the F1 recovery project, we will use underwater rovers to retrieve artifacts during this camp,” Tomme said. “The students will study the Saturn V rocket and the recovery efforts by Bezos Expeditions.  Then as teams, they will build and test their own underwater rovers using SeaPerch kits available through the Navy.  They will solder, cut and place PVC pipe, build the motors and more to produce a working, neutrally buoyant underwater rover.”

    Campers will have the first chance to test their rovers in the pool at the Hampton Inn in Webster, Texas the evening of June 22nd. After they have toured NASA Johnson Space Center and seen an actual Saturn V rocket, they will receive a team challenge based on the F1 recovery project to complete the morning of Friday, June 23rd. 

    Just as with Bezos Expeditions, to complete the challenge the Campers will have to come together as larger teams.  It will take three SeaPerch to complete the challenge.  One will pick up the artifact, the next will bring it up in a basket, and the third will carry the underwater camera to view and record the experience. 

    This camp consists of 41 students, age 13 to 16 years old.  They are from KS, MN, TX, IA, OK, MO, and NM.

    For questions about this camp, contact Tracey Tomme at 719.641.9940.

Upcoming Events

  • Space Out Saturday: Celebrating Halloween on the ISS

    Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Celebrating Halloween on the International Space Station! Halloween is coming, how do astronauts celebrate on the International Space Station? Come and make your own ghosts while celebrating with the candy the astronauts eat in space!

    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.

  • Early Closing of the Lobby and Main Entrance at 5 pm

    Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Saturday, October 20 at 5:00 pm for a private event. The Carey Digital Dome Theater shows afer 5:00 pm will play as scheduled. The Hall of Space Museum and Gift Store are open normal hours until 7:00 pm.

    Please use the alternate entrance to the North of the main entrance, by the Richard E. Smith Science Center.

  • Drone Basics 2.0

    Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Multi-Purpose Room

    Thinking of getting or giving a drone for the holidays, but not sure what to purchase?
    OR
    Do you already have a drone, but it's difficult to fly?

    Join experienced Cosmosphere Space Science Educators for this hands-on class on Saturday, October 27 from 2:00-3:30 pm in the Cosmosphere's Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) on the lower level. (Be sure to check-in at the Box Office first!)

    You'll review drone flight basics, polish your flying fundamentals, understand FAA regulations and troubleshoot technical challenges.

    The Cosmosphere will provide drones for practice.

    Admission is $5 per person. Participants are encouraged to register and pre-pay. Payment will also be accepted at the door.

    For questions or to pre-register, contact Kristen Spurlin at kristens@cosmo.org or 620.665.9323.
     

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