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  • Grow Your Way to a Cosmosphere Camp!

    Grow Your Way to a Cosmosphere Camp!

    January 9, 2019

    Calling all students 6th-8th grade: You are invited to see who can grow the most food within a one cubic meter garden space!

    RCB Bank will sponsor five winners from Oklahoma and five from Kansas. Each winner will receive a camp experience during Summer 2019 (Cosmosphere Camps Space 101 or 201.) 

    Contest open to students currently in 6th–8th grade.

    Contest starts February 1 and runs through April 30, 2019.

    How it works: Participants must register by Feb. 28 to Any student who wants to participate needs to carefully read the rules, set-up their garden, collect the required data, and turn in all results to the Cosmosphere at on or before April 30, 2019. The full set of rules and FAQ are below, or you can download them here.  

    Space Agriculture Contest 2019 General Contest Rules:

    1) Contestants must be entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade to compete.

    2) Contestants must keep an accurate weekly journal that includes at least one photo per week.

    3) Contestants must register to participate by emailing

    4) Contestants must have results emailed to the Cosmosphere by April 30, 2019. Send to:

    5) The five students who are able to grow the most food from each Kansas and Oklahoma will be selected as the winning participants.

    6) Winning totals will be calculated by the amount of edible food product, waste product, design, and reporting.

    7) Winners will be notified by May 15, 2019.

    8) Questions can be directed to

    Rules for Growing Plants:

    1) The plant growth area is not to exceed one cubic meter. Contestants must include the plans of their garden and images that show measurements.

    2) Plant vines, leaves, and fruit are not allowed to wander out of the competition parameter. Everything must be contained within the cubic meter except the light source.

    3) Any type of growth medium is allowable from hydroponic or aquaponic systems to soil.

    4) Any type of light source may be chosen. Contestants may use different types of grow lights or the sun itself.

    5) Plants must be grown from seed. A weekly photo journal of the sowing of the seeds and the plants’ progress is required. A variety of plant types may be chosen or just one.

    6) Any type of fertilizer may be used.

    7) Competitors will have to grow and catalog the edible parts of the plant by weight. In addition, they will need to catalog the “waste” or non-edible parts of the plant during the given duration.

    8) Contestants need to catalog by weight each week how much edible matter was harvested and how much waste matter was produced in the cubic meter.

    9) Contestants may harvest crops any time during the contest period.


    Q. Can a plant trail outside of the cubic meter area?
    A. No.  All of the growing area including roots and plant must remain inside the cubic meter area.

    Q. Is it okay to plant vines along with other plants?
    A.  Yes.  You can plant any combination of plants you chose.

    Q. Must the light source also be in the cubic meter?
    A. No.  It may be above and can be natural such as sunlight or you can use a grow light.

    Q. Does the cubic meter area have to be a cube?
    A.  No.  It can be any shape as long as the total volume is only one cubic meter.

    Q. Can you add water?
    A.  Yes.  It does not have to be a closed system.  You may use water as you wish.  (Don’t tell our astronaut friends!)  Since the system does not have to be closed, water will be lost depending on wind and heat so we are not limiting how much water can be used.

    Q.  Does the cubic meter have to be a built structure?
    A.  No.  you just need to measure and make sure the growing area (roots and plant) are all within a cubic meter volumetric area.

    Q.  Is it okay to use a plant light?
    A.  Yes.  Any light source is acceptable.

    Q. Do the roots count as part of the cubic meter?
    A. Yes, the entire plant including any leaves and roots, are included and must be inside of the cubic meter area.

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  • “To the Moon and Back” Musical Performance

    Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    Join us Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 am as we welcome more than 150 band, orchestra and choral middle school students from Manhattan-Ogden public schools as they present a multi-disciplinary performance in the Cosmosphere lobby. Titled “To the Moon and Back”, this performance will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. 

    Free and open to the public, this truly collaborative effort crosses disciplines including the performing arts, language arts, dramatic arts, technology, science, math, social studies, physical education and the gifted program.

  • Early Closing of the Lobby at 5 pm

    Date: Friday, March 29, 2019 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Friday, March 29 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 7:00 pm.

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

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Drones and the Environment

    Date: Thursday, April 18, 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 for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Drones and the Environment," with Cosmosphere Space Science Educator, and Certified Remote Pilot, Chuck McClary. How do drones help us analyze the environment around us? In honor of Earth Day, learn about the useful information these devices help gather about our world and better understand some of the innovative ways drones are helping improve our daily lives.

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

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