Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum
Hutchinson, KS |

Cosmosphere Outreach opportunities are designed to meet the needs of teachers and their 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 (which can be done virtually) and a hands-on culminating activity.

Virtual Delivery Options

Each class will have the opportunity to interact with the Cosmosphere Educator from the structure of its own classroom.  All sessions will be recorded, enabling teachers to use the content when it fits their schedules. These virtual connections can feature an onsite culminating experience with a Cosmosphere Educator offering live and engaging science demonstrations that give the classroom theories real-life relevance.  If Cosmosphere Educators are unable to visit the school, a supporting lesson will be provided that can easily be done in the classroom.


We see it almost every night, but what exactly does the Moon do? Learn about the phases of Earth’s Moon and its effect on our own planet. What other planets have Moons and how are they different? Use Oreos to create different models of the moon.


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 Nitrogen Ice Cream) is a great culminating activity.


Discover what (and how) we have learned about our solar system. Dive deep into each planet and find what makes it an exciting place to explore. Grades 3-12 will make a solar system bracelet. Grades K-8 will create a model solar system in their school with a scaling activity.


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. 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.

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 Sphero BOLTs. Older students can learn detailed programming and the engineering design process as they program their robots to navigate a maze.


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 an engineering design challenge to create a greenhouse that will accommodate as many plants as possible in the smallest amount of spa


Understanding the stars and constellations has been a critical part of human travel, whether in uncharted seas or in space. Presentations and activities are tailored to grade levels. Grades K-5 will create new constellations. Grades 6-12 will study the science of spectroscopy and learn how we identify which elements make up stars.


What exists beyond our own solar system and how do we learn about deep space? Students will learn about Voyager and the Golden Disc. They will have an opportunity to create their own golden disc and consider what they would want to communicate to other lifeforms in the universe.

FLIGHT (3-12)

A bird. A kite. A plane. Study how we overcome gravity and ride the winds, an engineering feat that changed the world! Understand flight through demonstrations of Newton’s 3rd Law and Bernoulli’s principle. Students build gliders to test the control surfaces of flight.

ENERGY (3-12)

Harnessing new forms of energy is critical to our future, both on our planet as well as on other planets where humans will create habitats. Study energy forms and then learn how the wind is harnessed to create electricity. Students will design and build an electricity-producing windmill.


Students will study the pressure of space and other conditions that require protection. Students in grades K-5 will create a spacesuit to protect their paper doll. Students in grades 6-12 will explore the hazards of pressure through hands-on experiments.


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. Grades 3-8 will learn how engineering can clean up the space junk floating around our planet as they create their own space-cleaning robots. Grades 6-12 will design and build their own lunar landers to deliver people safely to the Moon.

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