Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum
Hutchinson, KS |


Presentations can be performed on-site at schools or streamed live to the classroom. Outreach programs range from one class period to multi-day programs specially designed in conjunction with the school to best consider its needs regarding time, number of students, facilities, grade levels, and curriculum goals.

These high-energy presentations and engaging, hands-on activities can be stand-alone or combined to create an unforgettable learning experience! Each presentation is approximately 45 minutes, and the activities last about one hour, depending on group size. Below each presentation description are activities that will help solidify the concepts through hands-on engagement.

All programs can be adapted to the appropriate ages and learning abilities, but there is a general guideline next to each program title below.

Living in Space (K-6)

Sleeping, eating and going to the bathroom are a bit different in space. Learn what it’s like to live in space, and see astronaut food! Recommended activities: LOXIC—Liquid Oxygen Ice Cream, Picture with Steve the Apollo Astronaut Mock-up

The Solar System and Beyond (3-8)

Discover what and how we have learned about our Solar System and what exists outside its reaches. Recommended activities: Solar System Bracelets, Engineering Design Challenge

It’s Not Rocket Science — Oh Wait, Maybe It Is! (K-12)

Students take a trip back in time to the 1930s lab of Dr. Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry. This interactive show — packed with some explosive surprises — uses live demonstrations on a journey through the history of rockets. Audiences are warned not to try these experiments at home! Recommended activities: Air Rockets, Trash Can Launch, Model Rockets

Robots, Robots Everywhere! (3-12)

Learn about robots and their uses in our earthly world and in space exploration. Recommended activities: Robotics — Lego EV3, Engineering Design Challenge

Taking Off — Principles of Flight (K-8)

A bird. A kite. A plane. Study how we overcome gravity and ride the winds, an engineering feat that changed the world! Recommended activities: Foam Plate Gliders, Air Rockets, Model Rockets 

Star Party (3-12)

Get outside and explore the skies with special telescopes and a guide who will point out visible night sky objects such as planets and constellations. Recommended Activities: Solar System Bracelets

Forces of Flight (3-12)

Discover what it takes to leave the ground and fly through an exploration of the forces of flight. Recommended activities: Foam Plate Gliders, Air Rockets, Engineering Design Challenge

Space Agriculture (3-12)

Students learn about growing food in space and using drones to improve Earth-based crop growth. Recommended activities: LOXIC, Engineering Design Challenge


Hands-on activities

Air Rockets (1-8)

Rocket science sounds hard, but in reality there are basic principles that govern our space-faring machines. Learn about some of the basics with an interactive air rockets activity.

LOXIC-Liquid Oxygen Ice Cream (K-12)

(Schools supply milk and cream.) Space is cold! And so is liquid oxygen! Learn about the liquid that helps power rockets and enjoy a tasty treat at the end!

Solar System Bracelets (K-8)

Make a take-home model of the Solar System while learning about scaling and observation. 

Foam Plate Gliders (4-12)

Explore the principles of flight by creating your own foam plate gliders.

Robotics–Lego EV3 (2-12)

Learn to program and drive Lego EV3 robots through a maze. Use the same techniques to tackle your own terrain as engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory who control the Mars Rovers!

Model rockets (4-12)

Bring out your inner rocket scientist to build and launch model rockets. Precision is key to a successful launch!

Engineering Design Challenge (4-12)

Apply the Engineering Design Process to practice problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Picture with Steve the Apollo Astronaut mock up (K-6)

Get up close to an Apollo Astronaut space suit that looks just like the real ones and learn about the extremes of space. Don’t forget about the photo op!

Trash Can Launch (K-12)

Learn about the power of pressure when you watch a science educator combine water, plastic, and liquid nitrogen under a trash can. The effects can be explosive!


Other Options

Also available are Cosmosphere experiences offered via a live, streamed presentation from the Cosmosphere to the classroom or auditorium. Examples include learning about the SR-71 from a pilot standing by the plane, or being blown away by a rocketry presentation performed in our Dr. Goddard’s Lab. Streamed presentations allow classes to benefit from specific, targeted topics delivered by Cosmosphere content experts.

Arrange an entire day or two-day event at the school — up to 18 stations can be brought on-site, including hands-on activities, presentations, and demonstrations. Schools need to provide volunteers to help.


SCHEDULING: For more information or to schedule a program, contact Kristen Spurlin at 620-665-9323 or


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