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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 need to first register by emailing education@cosmo.org. 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 education@cosmo.org 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 education@cosmo.org

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

    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 education@cosmo.org

    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.


    SPACE AGRICULTURE CONTEST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    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.

Upcoming Events

  • Sky Watch: Free Public Sky Observing
    January 20
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Reception
    January 21
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  • Space Out Saturday: Diversity in Science
    February 16
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  • Sky Watch: Free Public Sky Observing

    Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 9:30 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location:Grassy lot south of the Cosmosphere.

    Bring your lawn chairs (and blankets and hot cocoa!) for a free Public Sky Observing Sunday, January 20 beginning at 9:30 PM in the grassy lot south of the Cosmosphere.

    The real showstopper happens in the evening sky with a total lunar eclipse on January 20. It’s been several years since North America has seen a total lunar eclipse so this will be a real treat to start the New Year. The full moon begins entering the outer, fainter part of Earth’s shadow, the penumbra, at about 8:36 pm in the eastern sky. While this is the beginning of the eclipse it’s difficult to notice a change in the Moon’s appearance due to the faintness of the shadow. An hour later, around 9:40 pm the Moon enters the umbra, the darker inner part of Earth’s shadow. This is when a distinct change in the Moon’s appearance begins as our natural satellite begins to darken.

    During maximum eclipse, at 11:12 pm, the Moon glows a reddish color as Earth’s atmosphere acts like a big lens, refracting sunlight onto the lunar surface. The Moon exits the umbral shadow around 12:40 am and the penumbral shadow about 1:48 am, making the entire event over 5 hours. You can easily observe the lunar eclipse with just your eyes, but binoculars or a telescope will enhance the view.

    We will be using our giant, 16-inch diameter telescope or feel free to bring your own telescopes as well!

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Reception

    Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    You're invited to the Cosmosphere for a FREE community reception in honor of MLK Jr. Day on Monday, January 21 beginning at 4:30 pm.

    Enjoy performances from local musicians and dancers as well as hear from special guest speaker, Dr. Andrew Williams, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas. He will speak about an all-female, African-American robotics group he started called Spelbots and the importance of diversity in STEM education and careers.

    Light refreshments will be served.

  • Space Out Saturday: Diversity in Science

    Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTH'S SUBJECT: Diversity in Science: How do you become an astronaut? Young explorers will make a list of what an astronaut needs in space and then dress up like an astronaut with photo-ops!

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to grade school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-10
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5 years or younger
    Excitement ensues with this fun and educational storytime!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-10
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

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