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  • Exclusive Teachers in Space Program Comes to Cosmosphere July 12-15

    Exclusive Teachers in Space Program Comes to Cosmosphere July 12-15

    June 22, 2022

    Teachers in Space, a STEM education organization connecting real space technologies to K-12 classrooms, is offering three summer workshops for teachers at locations across the country. One of them will be in Hutchinson, at the Cosmosphere. The other two workshops will be in Las Cruces, New Mexico and Brunswick, Maine.

    Twenty-eight teachers from Cosmosphere’s LaunchLearning teacher fellowship will participate in the workshop at the Cosmosphere July 12-15.

    During their time at the Cosmosphere, teachers will experience a simulated mission to low Earth orbit using Cosmosphere’s Astralis capsule-based simulator and mission control. They will also work with cutting-edge satellite technology provided by Teachers in Space.

    “Along with the week-long workshop, we’re planning a school year long program, where teachers work with students to develop experiments they design and build,” said Teachers in Space Project Manager Noah Luogameno. “We then launch those on a rocket into space, on a suborbital or potentially orbital flight. We want to see teachers build flight-ready experiments that we will fly.”

    Teachers in Space is providing an additional opportunity for two of Cosmosphere’s LaunchLearning teacher fellows to attend a live rocket launch. Heather Kincaid, of Wichita, and Lindsey Baribeau, of Rock Creek, will travel to Vandenberg Space Force Base for Firefly Aerospace’s launch of their Alpha rocket carrying Teachers in Space’s Serenity educational satellite.

    “We designed our LaunchLearning teacher fellowship to provide the most relevant STEM education professional development by focusing on space technology and space exploration,” said JoAnna Strecker, Cosmosphere’s vice president for education. “Through Cosmosphere’s partnership with Teachers in Space, Kansas teachers will bring real world space research and technology to their classrooms.”

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    The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS, its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet Next Generation Science Standards. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater, offering daily documentary showings, a digital Planetarium, Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations, and CosmoKids, an interactive STEM area for children accompanied by an adult.

    Teachers in Space (TIS) ignites passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) via extraordinary space science experiences and industry connections for K-12 teachers and their students. www.TIS.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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