The Cosmosphere’s Grand Lobby and flight simulator will close at 5 pm on March 1. Please use the entrance to the north of the main entrance. 

Mars Academy multi axis trainer

STEAM Camp

Inspire your students through Cosmosphere STEAM Camps!

Cosmosphere STEAM Camps give students a deeper understanding of everything related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math—from training like an astronaut to running simulated missions to space (and Mars!), launching model rockets, and more! This experience is the best the Cosmosphere has to offer. 

Not seeing an option that works for you? No worries; the Cosmosphere Education Team will work with you to create the best experience for your group. Please have a look at the contact information below.

STEAM Camps

Two exciting options to choose from: Mars Academy or Cosmosphere STEAM Camp. Minimum two nights.

  • Choose your experience below!
  • In Mars Academy, teams of campers will find out if they have what it takes to survive on Mars! Throughout the week, campers will learn what they need to consider when building a colony on Mars, and on the final day, they will compete to see who can build the most successful Martian colony.
    • Simulated space mission to low-Earth orbit in our Astralis capsule simulator and Mission Control Center
    • Museum tour/scavenger hunt
    • Goddard show
    • Planetarium
    • Documentary
    • Mission team announcements:  Create mission patches, team posters, and a secret handshake.
    • VR:  Train to use the SAFER pack for emergency detachments from the ISS
    • Challenge Course:  Use teamwork to conquer various challenges
    • Astronaut Training Sims:  Train like an astronaut in our 4G-Centrifuge, multi-axis trainer, and Soyuz trainer.
    • Radiation Challenge:  Create a radiation-proof box to store hazardous rocks.
    • Past, Present & Future Missions to Mars:  Build Mars-quake-resistant housing in this engineering design challenge.
    • Characteristics of Life:  Discuss the implications of finding alien life on Mars.  Learn what constitutes life, and create a unique alien.
    • Laws & Ethics:  Debate what laws & ethics would make a Martian colony run smoothly
    • Documentary:  Learn how to create a documentary, and create one over the Martian Settlement Mission.
    • First Aid Training:  Learn basic first aid to help your team during the Settlement Mission.
    • Settlement Mission:  Run a simulated colony on Mars.  Compete and/or cooperate with other settlements over resources.  May the best settlement win.  
  • In STEAM camp, campers will experience the best that the Cosmosphere has to offer.
    • Simulated space mission to low-Earth orbit in our Astralis capsule simulator and Mission Control Center
    • Museum tour/scavenger hunt
    • Goddard show
    • Planetarium
    • Documentary
    • Mission team announcements:  Create mission patches, team posters, and a secret handshake.
    • VR:  Train to use the SAFER pack for emergency detachments from the ISS
    • Challenge Course:  Use teamwork to conquer various challenges
    • Astronaut Training Sims:  Train like an astronaut in our 4G-Centrifuge, multi-axis trainer, and Soyuz trainer.
    • Rocketry:  Design, build, and launch a model rocket.  See who can successfully keep their rocket in the air the longest.
    • Robotics:  Use Java programming to guide a Sphero robot through a maze
    • 3D Printing:  Learn the basics of Tinkercad and design a pulley for the Rube Goldberg Challenge.
    • Drones:  Learn the basics of flying drones by competing in a race.
    • Rube Goldberg Challenge:  Design a machine to plant a flag in simulated moon soil.  
    • Living in Space:  Sleeping, eating, and going to the bathroom are different in space. Learn what it’s like to live in space! Discover the science of orbit, types of space food, and how to become an astronaut.
    • Apollo 13 Challenge:  Students replicate the carbon dioxide filter problem on Apollo 13 and see if they have what it takes to survive.
    • Leak Challenge:  Students emulate astronauts on the ISS trying to find potential leaks in the space station.
    • Battery Build:   Learn how batteries work by building one to power an LED light.
    • LOXIC:  (Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream):  Cosmosphere STEM Educators use liquid nitrogen to create ice cream quickly.  Yummy and educational.
    • Build a Better Lander:  Design and build a new model lunar lander to safely deliver people (marshmallows) to the Moon.

Per Person: $199/night*

*Minimum 2 nights

(Two week advance registration required) 

Plan your field trip today!

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