Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

Sun, Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm

Grand Lobby


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  • Cosmosphere Earns Awards from TripAdvisor and GuideStar

    Cosmosphere Earns Awards from TripAdvisor and GuideStar

    July 26, 2018

    The Cosmosphere has recently won the 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! And because we've earned this award for the past five years -- the Cosmosphere has entered the TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame!!

    Read more about the Cosmosphere on TripAdvisor!

    The Cosmosphere has also received the 2018 Silver Seal of Transparency with GuideStar. Only 2% of philanthorpies achieve this level of certificate with the organization! GuideStar is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. 

    To review the full Cosmosphere listing on GuideStar click here.

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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Space Out Saturday: National Aviation Day
    August 18
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    August 26
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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!

    Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018

    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!


    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.

    Q. Do the roots count as part of the cubic meter?
    A. Yes, the entire plant including any leaves and roots, are included and must be inside of the cubic meter area.

  • Space Out Saturday: National Aviation Day

    Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: National Aviation Day! National Aviation Day is August 19th: make your own airplane, and learn about the forces of flight!

    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.)

    To celebrate National Aviation Day, we’ll be dedicating our new Cosmosphere Drone Drome sponsored by the KU School of Engineering. The dedication will begin at 2 pm in the grassy lot south of the Cosmosphere. There will be a drone demonstration, and members of the public will have a chance to fly one of our two available drones or can bring their own. (Rain location for the dedication will be the Banquet Room off the Lobby.) KU will also have a fixed wing aircraft display in the Lobby from 11am to 4pm.

    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.

    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    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.)


  • Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

    Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Grand Lobby

    At 5 p.m. Sunday, August 26, in the Cosmosphere’s Grand Lobby, the public is invited to a free lecture by former Google VP of Engineering, Brian McClendon of Kansas.

    From leading the computer graphics team that developed special effects for the mega-hit
    Jurassic Park, to leading the teams that developed Google Maps, Street View and more, to the
    design of better mapping and driver/riding matching for ride share and driverless vehicles, McClendon’s career has been a tribute to Kansas STEM education.

    This TED-style talk that will inspire and motivate future engineers, software designers and
    developers—or anyone who needs to remember what is possible!

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