Granby student completes Cosmosphere program |

Granby student completes Cosmosphere program

Benjamin Johnson of Granby, child of Mark and Becky Johnson, graduated from the Investigate Space: Mars Academy program in Hutchinson, Kan. on Aug. 1, 2010, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Benjamin will be in grade 5 at Granby Elementary this fall.

Mars Academy is a three-day residential camp for students entering grades 5-6. Developed by Cosmosphere staff, the Mars Academy program introduces campers to space science, while also emphasizing teamwork and problem solving in a fact-paced learning environment.

As part of the program, Mars Academy campers learn the geology, climate, and conditions that exist on the Red Planet. Campers also launch air-powered rockets and guide a student-programmed robot around an obstacle course.

The camp culminates in a simulated robotic mission to Mars. Each team creates a mission patch before their simulated journey.

The Cosmosphere’s Future Astronaut Training Program (FATP) has five levels. Levels 1 and 2 are held at the Cosmosphere; Level 3 is held at the Cosmosphere for two days and then at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for two days; and Level 4 is held at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for all five days. X-treme is 12 days, split between the Cosmosphere and Beaver Lake in Arkansas, where campers earn SCUBA certification. For more information call 800-397-0330, ext. 323.

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to “honoring the past and inspiring the future of space exploration.” Educating people from around the globe, the Cosmosphere boasts the Hall of Space museum, one of the most significant collections of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world; the Justice Planetarium, a dome-shaped classroom where attendants learn about astronomy; Dr. Goddard’s Lab, a live demonstration of early rocket technology; the Carey IMAX® Dome Theater, one of the first ones built in the world; and a multitude of special events and programs.

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