Three Marion County youth attend space camp at Cosmosphere

Three youth from Marion County attended astronaut training camps offered through the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson this summer.

Christian Becker, son of Laura and Todd Becker of Marion, attended Cosmo­sphere Camp: Space 301. He will be a ninth-grader at Marion High School this fall.

Logan Janes of Hillsboro and Aiden Schmidt of Marion both attended Cosmo­sphere Camp: Space 101. Logan, son of Jedadiah and Jennifer Logan, will be a ninth-grader this fall; Aiden, son of Sheri and Carl Schmidt, will be a seventh-grader.

Camp 301 is a week-long experience for students entering ninth grade and have graduated from Camp 201. Campers refine their skills on simulators, learn about NASA career opportunities and conduct a simulated scientific mission to the International Space Station.

The camp experience is highlighted by a trip to John­son Space Center in Hou­ston, where campers have access to NASA training facilities and get to experience Space Center Houston-Johnson Space Center’s interactive education facility.

Space 101 introduces middle-school-age students to teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Campers construct and launch rockets, train on Cosmosphere’s Falcon III, the most realistic space shuttle simulator outside of NASA, where they pilot a low-Earth orbit mission.

Cosmosphere camps, through the use of STEM-based teaching principles, have been recognized for their ability to motivate campers to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and aerospace fields.

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