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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

    Entries are due by April 15, 2022. Those interested should email: 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.


    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

    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

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  • Blue Star Museum Program

    Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023

    The Cosmosphere is proud to be participating in Blue Star Museums, which provides free admission to our Hall of Space Museum, including CosmoKids, 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 20, 2023 and ends Labor Day, September 4, 2023.

    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

  • 2023 Sunflower Summer Program

    Date: Friday, May 26, 2023

    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 26 through August 13, 2023.

    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 100 participating venues across Kansas, check out to find out how to make your Sunflower Summer spectacular!

  • Smallville Festival: Celebrating Community Heroes Day

    Date: Friday, June 16, 2023 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    In support of Smallville’s Community Heroes Day on Friday, June 16, it’s BOGO!*

    First Responders (Police, Sheriff, Fire, EMS, 911 Dispatch) can buy one All-Access Mission Pass and get one for FREE on June 16! Enjoy a documentary in the Carey Digital Dome Theater, experience a planetarium show, see live science in Dr. Goddard's lab and take a trip through the Hall of Space Museum, including CosmoKids!

    *To receive the BOGO offer, please call 620.665.9312 or purchase your tickets at the Box Office upon arrival. Offer is not available online. First responders please show badge or work identification at time of purchase.

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