Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum
Hutchinson, KS |

Cosmosphere 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.

MOONS (K-12)

Presentation: 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 planet. What other planets have moons, and how are they different? 

Activity: K-8 students will model moon phases, and 9-12 students will investigate orbital gravity using a gravity well.


Presentation: Sleeping, eating, and going to the bathroom are a bit different in space. Learn what it’s like to live in space! Discover the science of orbit, types of space food and how to become an astronaut.

Activity: Students will learn how food for the space station is made and create their own space food.


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.

ROBOTS! (K-12)

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.


Presentation: Students learn about growing food in space and beyond. What types of science are we using to improve Earth-based crop growth?

Activity: K-5 students will create a maze for a plant to navigate—And learn how that’s possible. 6-12 students will test plant growth of microgreens under different conditions.


Presentation: Learn how understanding the stars and constellations has been a critical part of human travel, whether in uncharted seas or in space.

Activity: Students will race to find different constellations and learn why constellations look different depending on where the observer is located.


Presentation: What exists beyond our solar system, and how do we learn about deep space?

Activity: Students will learn about and perform the test that scientists do to detect possible exoplanets.

FLIGHT (3-12)

Presentation:  A bird. A kite. A plane. Study how humans 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.

Activity: Students will build gliders and magnus cups to compete to see who can fly the farthest and stay in the air the longest.

ENERGY (3-12)

Presentation: 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.

Activity: Students will design and build an electricity-producing windmill.


Presentation: Students will study the pressure of space, radiation and other conditions that require humans to have extra protection.

Activity: Students learn about radiation during a competition where they use an “invisibility cloak” to mask their radiation signatures.


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.


Presentation: Learn about the history and conservation of Liberty Bell 7, the Mercury capsule flown by Gus Grissom. 

Activity: Students will build circuits to make an explosive hatch just like the one on the Mercury capsule.

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 620-665-9360 or email