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.