Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum
Hutchinson, KS |

Cosmosphere Outreach opportunities are designed to meet the needs of teachers and their students as well as to fulfill Next Generation Science Standards. Programming can be tailored to support specific curriculum units and can range in length from one class period to multi-day district-wide opportunities. The goal is to serve the needs of educators and to bring STEM topics to life through interactive, engaging activities that make theoretical concepts relevant for all learners.

Living in Space (K-12)

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! Discover the science of orbit and how to become an astronaut. LOXIC (Liquid Ice Cream) is a great accompanying activity. Space is cold! And so is liquid nitrogen! Learn about the liquid that helps power rockets and enjoy a tasty treat at the end of the presentation!

The Solar System and Beyond (k-8)

Discover what (and how) we have learned about our solar system and what exists outside its reaches. Dive deep into each planet and find what makes it an exciting place to explore. Use what you learned to make a Solar System Bracelet and experience a Solar System Scaling activity. Or, for the higher grades, stretch your space engineering creativity with an Engineering Design Challenge activity.

Rocket Science (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 explosive surprises — uses live demonstrations on a journey through the history of rockets. Don’t try this at home! Then make a paper air rocket to be blasted off in a gym or hallway inside. Outdoors, try a Model Rockets activity for 4th-12th grades. The Model Rockets activity requires a large unobstructed field as launches can reach 350 feet! A liquid nitrogen Trash Can Launch is available for all grades and is an outside activity. This demonstration is always a crowd favorite!

Robots! (k-12)

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. Try an introduction to programming with our Lego EV3 robots. Older students can learn detailed programming or Battlebots. Both are great ways to learn about robotics challenges. Robots come from the science of engineering, and the Engineering Design Challenge will put the robotics design process to the test.

Forces of Flight (K-12)

A bird. A kite. A plane. Study how we overcome gravity and ride the winds, an engineering feat that changed the world! Build your own Foam Plate Glider and test the control surfaces of flight, or for older students, test your engineering knowledge by building the best propeller for the custom CosCar.

Space Agriculture (3-12)

Students learn about growing food in space and beyond. What types of science are we using to improve Earth-based crop growth? Grow your own bean plant with this presentation. Associated activities include Engineering Design Challenge for older students and the Gum Drop Greenhouse for younger students.

Water in space (4-12)

We understand that humans need water to live. So, is there water in space? Yes, there is water in space everywhere! Learn how scientists have found water in cold and hot parts of the solar system. Make your own water molecule with clay and learn how water bonds together, and how humans can use electrolysis to break it apart for star ship fuel.

The moon and you (k-4)

We see it almost every night, but what exactly does the moon do? Learn about the phases, makeup, effects on the earth and visits to the moon with a puppet show or presentation. Then use what you’ve learned to make Oreo cookie moon phases, or play out a solar eclipse with our Solar System Celestial Buddies.

Virtual Opportunities

Also available are Cosmosphere experiences offered via livestreamed, interactive presentations from the Cosmosphere to a classroom or auditorium. Examples include learning about artifacts such as the SR-71 Blackbird or Apollo 13 Command Module, or being blown away by a rocketry presentation performed in Dr. Goddard’s Lab. Livestreamed presentations allow classes to benefit from specific, targeted topics delivered by Cosmosphere content experts.

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 620-665-9319 or email


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