Cosmosphere Camps

Cosmosphere Camps

Solar System

Five half days for students entering grades 2 & 3. Campers will gain a greater understanding of space travel, teamwork and hands on science activities.

Lunar Base

Five half days for students entering grades 3 & 4. Campers discover the exciting challenges of living on the Moon as they work with their team to create a lunar colony and experience science hands-on.

Alien Adventure

Three-day camp with one overnight stay for students entering grades 4 & 5. Campers create their own alien life form; decode alien messages; observe microscopic organisms and explore the possibilities of environments beyond Earth.

Starship Earth

Four-days with one overnight stay for students entering grades 5 & 6. Campers gain a greater understanding of Earth’s life systems as they consider how humans survive in space. Campers visit local facilities such as Dillon Nature Center, food production and greenhouses and/or the waste facility to gain insight into the construction of their own solar water heater and water filtration systems to support their space colony or space station.

Mars Academy

Three-day overnight camp for students entering grades 6 & 7. Campers prepare for a journey to Mars. They will build robotic sensor platforms to navigate a Martian landscape, construct a power grid; engineer and program robots; geocache to find the means for their survival and build their own Martian HAB (habitat).

Merits of Space

Five-day overnight camp for Boy Scouts entering grades 6-9. Train to live and work in space using a stress simulator, centrifuge and multi-axis trainer. They build and launch a model rocket; experience state-of-the-art astronomy equipment and work with their team to fly a mission in the Falcon III spacecraft simulator.

Space 101

Five-day overnight camp for students entering grades 7 or 8.  Campers learn the critical roles of both the astronauts and Mission Controllers as they prepare for their own space mission aboard the Cosmosphere’s Falcon III spacecraft simulator. Train like real astronauts using a Soyuz capsule replica with actual interior used by real NASA astronauts, our 4-G centrifuge, multi-axis trainer and stress simulator. Engage with rocket engineering history through artifacts found only at the Cosmosphere and build rockets including a model V2.

Forces of Flight

Five-day overnight camp for students entering grades 7 and 8.  This camp offers the challenge to design, build and fly a model plane; to use a 3D printer and wind tunnel to create and test components; to tour facilities such as the National Institute of Aviation Research and the Wichita State University School of Engineering and to experience a glider flight with a certified instructor (weather permitting).

Advanced Forces of Flight

Five-day overnight camp for students who have completed Forces of Flight or are entering grade 9 and above.  In our advanced flight camp, students will get the opportunity to experience flight as they never have before! They will learn the history of aviation, see the manufacturing and engineering process in action, build their own remote control plane and get the opportunity to fly a real, powered airplane!

Space 201

Six-day overnight camp for students entering grade 9 and above, or graduate of Space 101 or Merits of Space.  Fly an advanced Falcon lll spacecraft simulator mission to service the Hubble space telescope; train like real astronauts using a Soyuz capsule replica with actual interior used by real NASA astronauts, our 4-G centrifuge, multi-axis trainer and stress simulator; engage with rocket engineering history through artifacts found only at the Cosmosphere and train for microgravity environments with a SCUBA experience.

Space RX

Six-day overnight camp for students entering at least grade 9-11.  Research authentic medical issues such as proper nutrition and exercise on long-duration missions; connect with doctors, nurses, and practitioners in cardiology, neurology, nutrition, physical therapy, orthopedics, mental health, general surgery, human factors, radiology, and dermatology; experience rural and urban medical and laboratory environments; Experience astronaut training and leave with a new appreciation of the integration of medicine and off-planet travel.

Space 301-Texas

Five day residential/travel camp for students who have completed Space 201 and are entering 9th grade and above.  Travel to Johnson Space Center, Texas, and enjoy top access to NASA’s training facilities and Mission Control; experience Space Center Houston; and conduct a simulated mission to the International Space Station.

Space 401-Florida

Six-day residential/travel camp for students who have completed Space 301 and are entering 10th grade or above.  Travel to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, for an in-depth tour of America’s spaceport; take a selfie with the space shuttle Atlantis; build a weather balloon payload and launch it miles high; tour both historic and modern spacecraft launch facilities; and visit Florida’s Cocoa Beach.

Space 501-California

Six-day residential/travel camp for students who have completed Space 301 and are entering 10th grade or above.  The educational experience of a lifetime! Visit the California Science Center and view the space shuttle Endeavour, Edwards Air Force Base, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Griffith Observatory.

Adult Astronaut Adventure

Three-day camp for space lovers age 21 and older.  Participants are responsible for local overnight accommodations.  Begin the first evening with wine and cheese under the stars. Weather permitting, star gazing will be outside using the Cosmosphere’s high-powered telescopes under the starry Kansas sky. But even in inclement weather, the Cosmosphere’s new digital projection system in the Justice Planetarium will provide a star gazing experience unlike any other.  The next day, you’ll start the day at

9 a.m. with coffee and a presentation by a space expert. That will be followed by the beginning of your astronaut training to prepare you for your mission. The day will also include a behind the scenes tour of the Cosmosphere before you head out for dinner at Hutchinson’s Airport Steakhouse.   On the final day,

you’ll be ready for launch and to put your astronaut training to use in the Cosmosphere’s mission simulators. End the day with lunch with your crew and go home with memories that you can’t create anywhere else but the Cosmosphere.