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7th-12th Graders Can Train with an Astronaut This Spring Break

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Cosmosphere announced a new Spring Break camp March 13-17, which gives 7th-12th graders the opportunity to train with an astronaut. Called “Spring into STEM,” the day camp provides training similar to what astronauts use to prepare for the extreme environments of space, including SCUBA instruction with astronaut Nicole Stott.

Stott previously came to the Cosmosphere in 2022 for educational activities and to sign her book, “Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet―And Our Mission to Protect It.” Stott completed two NASA space flights and is also an experienced aquanaut and a noted artist.

Additional astronaut training and STEM activities planned for Spring Into STEM include a simulated mission to orbit the moon, model rocket design and launch, coding for robotics, and drone flying. Activities are designed to build key life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork.

Spring into STEM will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for five days. Campers can register for the 7th-9th grade or 10th grade and up sessions. Space is limited to 60 campers.

For more information, or to register, go to  https://cosmocamps.org/camps or contact Cosmosphere’s Camp Support Team at [email protected].

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The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS, its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet Next Generation Science Standards. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater, offering daily documentary showings, a digital Planetarium, Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations, and CosmoKids, an interactive STEM area for children accompanied by an adult.

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