Marion teen participates in Camp KAOS at Hutchinson

SCUBA training was part of Caden Harms?s experience at Camp KAOS Space 2001, which was offered by the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson during late June. Cade Harms of Marion graduated from the Camp KAOS Space 201 program June 28 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson.

Cade will be entering ninth grade at Marion High School this fall.

Space 201 is a six-day astronaut training camp for students entering at least grade eight and emphasizes teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Developed by Cosmosphere staff, Camp KAOS science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based programs are nationally recognized for motivating students to seek careers in aerospace-related industries.

The 201 program incorporates aspects of astronaut training with advanced courses in space shuttle systems, space science, physiology and microgravity science.

The camp?s capstone is an advanced simulated space shuttle mission in the Cosmosphere?s Falcon III, the most realistic shuttle simulator outside of NASA.

During this mission, campers capture and repair the Hubble Space Telescope using the Remote Manipulator System and Extra Vehicular Activity.

To prepare for this advanced mission, participants undergo a full day of SCUBA training and other underwater exercises.

Space 201 campers also experience high and low ropes course training, including conquering a 30-foot climbing wall and zipline, and learning night sky observation techniques using high-powered telescopes.

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