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  • Citizens Bank of Kansas to Provide Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships

    Citizens Bank of Kansas to Provide Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships

    March 9, 2022

    For more information: Allison Keith 316.272.5245

    Children who are curious about space or who love STEM subjects may have the perfect summer camp opportunity thanks to Citizens Bank of Kansas. This year, CBK again will sponsor an essay contest to send eight lucky students to Cosmosphere Camp!

    Scholarship winners will attend the Cosmosphere’s Mars Academy Camp, a five-day/four-night overnight camp where students will build a habitat for another world, overcome the challenges of gathering resources necessary for life, and learn new robotics skills. Camp culminates in an Earth orbit mission using Cosmosphere’s simulators.

    “Providing Cosmosphere Camp scholarships is a great way to recognize students in our communities,” said Jane Deterding, Chairman of the Board of Citizens Bank of Kansas. “It’s a terrific opportunity – several of our own kids have attended Cosmosphere Camp -- and parents should encourage their child to participate in the essay contest.”

    To be eligible, students must be entering seventh or eighth grade in the fall of 2022 and submit a 100-to-200-word original essay answering the question “What will it take to live on Mars?”

    Parents must consent to the entry and agree the applicant will be available to attend camp. Mars Academy camp dates and additional information can be found at cosmocamps.org.

    Entries are due by April 15, 2022. Those interested should email: essays@cbok.com to request a copy of the contest rules and an entry form. One scholarship winner will be selected from each of the communities served by CBK: Augusta, Derby, El Dorado, Kingman, Medicine Lodge, Pretty Prairie, Wichita and Winfield.

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    About Citizens Bank of Kansas

    Citizens Bank of Kansas, which has banking facilities throughout south-central Kansas, has a strong tradition of community service. CBK takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations. For more information, visit www.CitizensBankofKansas.com.

    About The Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian-affiliate in Hutchinson, KS. It is home to the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts, which tell the story of the Space Race unlike any museum in the world! For more information, visit www.Cosmo.org

Upcoming Events

  • Blue Star Museum Program
    May 21 – September 5
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  • 2022 Sunflower Summer Program
    May 28 – August 14
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating Webb Space Telescope’s First Images
    July 21
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  • Blue Star Museum Program

    Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere is proud to be participating in Blue Star Museums, which provides free admission to our Hall of Space Museum to our nation’s active-duty military personnel (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members. The Blue Star Museum program begins Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2022 and ends Labor Day, September 5, 2022.

    Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

    The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military–Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard–including Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. 

    For a complete list of participants, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

  • 2022 Sunflower Summer Program

    Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
    Location:Cosmosphere

    What's better than an out-of-this-world visit to the Cosmosphere? How about a FREE out-of-this-world visit thanks to the Kansas State Department of Education's Sunflower Summer program! All Kansas students, and up to two accompanying adults, can receive free admission to our Hall of Space Museum May 28 through August 14, 2022.

    To be eligible to participate, students must be 4-18 years old and not have graduated high school yet. Up to two adults accompanying the student can also participate. To get started,  parents and guardians need to download the Sunflower Summer app free from either Google Play (Android) or Apple (iOS) app stores.

    With over 70 participating venues across Kansas, check out www.sunflowersummer.org to find out how to make your Sunflower Summer spectacular!

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating Webb Space Telescope’s First Images

    Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Grand Lobby

    Thursday, July 21, 2022
    9 AM–10 AM
    Cosmosphere Grand Lobby

    The most powerful space telescope ever built is slated to have its first images available to the public in July! Join us for an official Webb Space Telescope Community Event to celebrate Webb’s first images and talk about how Webb can help us re-think our understanding of our galaxy, black holes and the universe!

    Cosmosphere VP for Education JoAnna Strecker will kick things off with an in-person presentation on telescope history, science, and engineering. Then Cosmosphere Camps alumna and theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Laura Blecha will join us remotely to emphasize the importance of what we can learn from Webb. Coffee, juice and water will be provided. 

    Can't make it in person? This presentation will be recorded, with the recording made available to the public on our Facebook paxge, YouTube Channel, and website shortly afterward. 

    Coffee at the Cosmo is offered every other month and is free of charge.

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