EDUCATION + COMMUNITY
Wonder. That state when awe and curiosity combine to create a
palpable desire to understand more. Neil Armstrong said it best—
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
The Cosmosphere honors those whose quest to understand led them to overcome insurmountable odds and to, quite literally, reach new heights. It provides challenging questions and scenarios that demand the real world application of what students might otherwise think of as abstract classroom theory. It’s where live demonstrations bring science to life in exciting and entertaining ways.
Plan your Outreach Program today! Contact Education at 620.665.9334 or email email@example.com.
The Cosmosphere Outreach Programs include a presentation to the school, grade level, or classes involved and a hands-on activity. These Outreach opportunities are designed to meet the needs of teachers and their students while fulfilling Next Generation Science Standards. Cosmosphere Educators can travel to the school and present to several grade levels, or programming can be delivered via virtual presentations. Each activity includes a 45-minute presentation and a hands-on culminating activity. Both the presentation and the hands-on activity last approximately 45 minutes each.
Cost: $599 within 60 miles, additional $200 for every 50 miles. (See map.) Up to six hours on site.
LIVING IN SPACE (K-12)
- Presentation: Different astronauts have been living aboard the International Space Station since 2000. Learn what it is like to live up there, and find out everyone’s favorite question: How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space?
- Activity: Students will design and build a container designed to allow astronauts to hold, cook, and eat food effectively in space.
THE SOLAR SYSTEM (K-12)
- Presentation: Discover what (and how) we have learned about our solar system. Dive deep into each planet and find out what makes each an exciting place to explore.
- Activity: Students will create a model of the solar system as a bracelet.
- Presentation: Students take a trip back in time to the 1930s lab of Dr. Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry. This interactive show uses live demonstrations on a journey through the history of rockets.
- Activity: Students in grades K-2 will build and launch straw rockets, testing different methods to achieve the farthest flight. Grades 3-12 will build and test air rockets.
- Presentation: Why do humans build robots? How do you program a robot to perform a task? Learn about robots and their uses in our world, and those beyond.
- Activity: Try an introduction to programming with our Sphero BOLT robots. Older students can learn detailed programming and the engineering design process as they instruct their robots to navigate a maze.
BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM (3-12)
- Presentation: Learn how our solar system was formed and what it could mean for everything that exists beyond it. Learn about the Voyager Golden Record, and find out what it would take for humans to actually go beyond our solar system.
- Activity: Students will learn about and perform the test that scientists do to detect possible exoplanets.
- Presentation: Energy is everywhere. Learn what it is, how we use it, and why it is important.
- Activity: Students will build a battery modeled after one of the world’s firsts and use it to power different devices.
LUNAR LANDERS (3-12)
- Presentation: How do engineers contribute to our study of space? Students will be introduced to engineering principles and career paths as they study the application of engineering design theory.
- Activity: Students will design and build their own lunar landers to deliver people safely to the Moon.
- Space Photography
SCHEDULING: To schedule a program or to learn more about specific programs and which NGSS criteria are met by each topic, please call the Cosmosphere Education Department at 620.665.9334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.