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  • RCB Bank to Provide Ten Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships

    RCB Bank to Provide Ten Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships

    January 9, 2019

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Jan. 9, 2019 – RCB Bank is partnering with the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum in Hutchinson, KS, to send ten students in sixth through eighth grade to Cosmosphere Camp this summer.  Five students from Kansas and five students from Oklahoma will be awarded a camp scholarship from RCB Bank and will be eligible to choose to attend either Cosmosphere Aerospace Camp 101 or 201. 

    To be eligible for consideration, participants must register and compete in a space agriculture contest, where they will attempt to grow the most food within a one-cubic meter garden, mimicking experiments currently taking place on the International Space Station.  The contest begins on Feb. 1, 2019, and concludes on April 30, 2019.  For a full set of contest rules and frequently asked questions, please go here.  Students wishing to participate must register by emailing education@cosmo.org.

    “The opportunity for students to experience true astronaut training at a young age is something they will never forget and may be the career defining moment in their lives,” said Roger Mosier, president and CEO of RCB Bank. “We are pleased to be able to offer such an opportunity for both Kansas and Oklahoma students.”

    Winners will choose to attend either Cosmosphere Camp 101 or 201, where they will train like real astronauts in Cosmosphere simulators like the 4-G centrifuge, multi-axis trainer and stress simulator. Students will engage with rocket engineering history through artifacts found only at the Cosmosphere and build rockets including a model V2.  Finally, contest winners will fly missions in the Falcon lll spacecraft simulator and even train for microgravity environments with a SCUBA experience.

    For more information on Cosmosphere Camps:
    Online: cosmo.org/camps
    Email: camps@cosmo.org 

    Phone: 800.397.0330 ext. 323 or 620.665.9323 


    About RCB Bank 

    RCB Bank is a community bank with locations across Kansas and Oklahoma. Founded in 1936, RCB Bank is committed to serving its communities with conservative banking practices and progressive banking products. Learn more at RCBbank.com or give us a call at 855.BANK.RCB. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS #798151. 


    About The Cosmosphere 

    The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection of U.S. space artifacts is second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and it showcases 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 the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery. The Cosmosphere’s Carey Digital Dome Theater offers documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends. The state of the art digital 4K projection theater coupled with digital surround sound audio provides an immersive environment that wraps the viewer in a theater-going experience they won’t find anywhere else. Visit the Cosmosphere online at www.cosmo.org. 

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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