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  • Cosmosphere Receives Continued Hansen Foundation Grant for Outreach Programs

    Cosmosphere Receives Continued Hansen Foundation Grant for Outreach Programs

    January 28, 2019

    The Dane G. Hansen Foundation has awarded the Cosmosphere $100,000 per year for the next five years to provide unique STEM educational opportunities to Northwest Kansas students. This announcement follows a successful fall semester of Cosmosphere outreach programs funded through a previous Hansen Foundation grant.

    “The Cosmosphere has been an outstanding partner,” said Betsy Wearing, the Coordinator of Programs, Communications and New Initiatives for the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. “Students and educators are so excited with the STEM activities and lessons the Cosmosphere staff are bringing into the schools, and the Cosmosphere offers lessons for every grade level that adhere to Kansas curriculum standards. We could not be more pleased with this initiative and the professional staff at the Cosmosphere,” she added.

    Nearly 17,000 students visited the Cosmosphere in 2018. This grant allows students who may not have the chance to travel to Hutchinson an opportunity to experience Cosmosphere education activities in their classroom.

    “The Hansen Foundation trustees believe our classroom teachers do a great job, but also recognize that learning is enhanced when students can experience hands on educational opportunities – beyond the traditional classroom. For many of our rural schools, traveling to some of the amazing places in Kansas which offer those opportunities is either impractical due to distance and time, or financially impossible, so we wanted to bring those opportunities directly to the schools,” explained Wearing.

    “We are honored to be chosen as a Dane G. Hansen Foundation partner,” said Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere Chief Development Officer. “This gives us the opportunity to reach more students across the state with the interactive lessons that let them see science brought to life. Hopefully, they’ll come to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson to learn even more!”

    Programs supported by the grant will serve students in grades K-12 in rural schools in the following counties: Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wallace.

    Presentations can be performed on site or live streamed to the school and can include a single classroom or serve the entire student body of a school or district. All Cosmosphere educational programming meets grade and curriculum standards and delivers engaging STEM content in an unforgettable way.

    To inquire about possible outreach programs served by this grant funding, please contact the Cosmosphere School Programs Manager, Helene Kain, at helenek@cosmo.org or call 620.665.9319.

Upcoming Events

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Come Spy With Me: Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., & the Manned Orbiting Laboratory
    February 21
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  • Drone Basics 3.0: Photography
    February 23
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  • Space Out Saturday: Women in Science
    March 16
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Come Spy With Me: Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., & the Manned Orbiting Laboratory

    Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Come Spy With Me: Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., and the Manned Orbiting Laboratory," by Cosmosphere Curator, Shannon Whetzel. 

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

  • Early Closing of the Lobby at 5 pm

    Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Thursday, February 21 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 5:00 pm.

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

  • Drone Basics 3.0: Photography

    Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Have a photography drone, but need to hone your skills?

    Saturday, February 23 from 2:00-3:30 pm, join our Cosmosphere Science Educator, a certified remote pilot, for this drone photography class and focus on photography basics like composition, lighting and creativity using your drone camera. $5.00 +tax per participant.

    It is recommended that participants bring their own photography drone and basic drone flight knowledge is needed.

    This class will be held at an outdoor location off-site, weather permitting. Upon registration, participants will be informed of class location.

    Interested participants must pre-register by Feb. 21 to education@cosmo.org.  

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