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STEM Kansas: Aviation & Space Exploration With Your Grandchild

Program No. 14914RJ
Enjoy a high-flying adventure with your grandchild as you get hands-on in a shuttle simulator, take flight aboard a single-engine plane & learn how rockets work at a live presentation!
Length
5 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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1,249 / ADULT
849 / CHILD

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DATES
Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2023
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1,249
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849
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Jun 20 - Jun 24, 2023
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Jun 27 - Jul 1, 2023
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Jun 27 - Jul 1, 2023
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Jul 4 - Jul 8, 2023
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Jul 11 - Jul 15, 2023
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At a Glance

Blast off with your grandchild on an out-of-this-world exploration of flight at the Cosmosphere International SciEd Center and Space Museum. Your Space Science Educator's will brief you on aerospace history, design and operation before leading you in a pre-flight inspection and then taking you on powered flights aboard a single-engine aircraft. Once you are back on the ground, head to astronaut training in a real space simulator! Join your flight crew of new friends to design your own customized mission patch and build rockets and test robots. Buckle in for these adventures and more on this exhilarating adventure with your grandchild.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Some walking and stairs required.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Step inside the new Astralis simulator which is modeled after the Orion capsule, and work together to accomplish mission goals with your flight crew team.
  • See how rockets work in the midst of amazing explosions at Dr. Goddard's Lab, and work with your team to build your own rocket for launch!
  • Explore 650 feet beneath the Kansas Wheat to visit an underground salt museum.
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Jim Remar
A recognized expert in the areas of museum administration, strategic planning and space artifact preservation and exhibition, Jim Remar began his career in 1997 as executive director of the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg, PA. He joined the Cosmosphere as curator in 2000. After eight years at the Cosmosphere, Remar joined the team at Gregory, Inc as Vice President of Operations. In 2012, Remar returned to the Cosmosphere as President/COO where he was responsible for all operations of the organization, including SpaceWorks, the department of the Cosmosphere responsible for the restoration of artifacts as well as the fabrication of exhibitry and high fidelity replicas. The Cosmosphere’s governing board named Remar CEO of the organization January 2018. A variety of organizations have benefitted from Remar’s consulting expertise including the White Sands Missile Range Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Fort Bliss Museum, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Oklahoma State Museum of History, the Adler Planetarium and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. He has also served as an editor and consultant for several print publications. Remar received his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Washburn University; his master’s degree in museum studies with a minor in history from the University of Nebraska and his mini-MBA from Wichita State University.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image of Jim Remar
A recognized expert in the areas of museum administration, strategic planning and space artifact preservation and exhibition, Jim Remar began his career in 1997 as executive director of the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg, PA. He joined the Cosmosphere as curator in 2000. After eight years at the Cosmosphere, Remar joined the team at Gregory, Inc as Vice President of Operations. In 2012, Remar returned to the Cosmosphere as President/COO where he was responsible for all operations of the organization, including SpaceWorks, the department of the Cosmosphere responsible for the restoration of artifacts as well as the fabrication of exhibitry and high fidelity replicas. The Cosmosphere’s governing board named Remar CEO of the organization January 2018. A variety of organizations have benefitted from Remar’s consulting expertise including the White Sands Missile Range Museum, National Air and Space Museum, Fort Bliss Museum, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Oklahoma State Museum of History, the Adler Planetarium and the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. He has also served as an editor and consultant for several print publications. Remar received his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Washburn University; his master’s degree in museum studies with a minor in history from the University of Nebraska and his mini-MBA from Wichita State University.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe
This novel details the early days of America's space program in every gritty detail. Contains adult situations and language.
Space
by James Michener
This is an older novel, but a very well written and thoughtful account of the space race.
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5 days
4 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Hutchinson Kansas
D
Hampton Inn Hutchinson

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Next, we will take small buses to the Cosmosphere for our Orientation session. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, answer questions, and preform icebreakers. We will review COVID protocols and will adhere to applicable requirements and guidelines throughout the program. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. In addition to Orientation and ice-breakers, we’ll also learn about upcoming highlights. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/current conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: We will ride to dinner at the Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Que.

Evening: Next, we’ll ride to the Hall of Space Museum at the Cosmosphere for an expert-led exploration through the history of the space race between the U.S. and the old U.S.S.R.

DAY
2
Digital Dome, Dr. Goddard’s Lab, Flight Simulator.
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Hutchinson

Activity note: Getting on/off 15-passenger buses; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking inside Cosmosphere, approximately 1 hour. Note: Digital Dome theater can cause dizziness and nausea for those with motion sensitivity.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will hop into a small bus and ride to the Cosmosphere where we’ll begin training for our mission to low-earth orbit in the Astralis simulator with a briefing by our Group Leader. We will also divide into small groups who will be attempting to build a Rube Goldberg machine that plants a flag into the lunar surface (clay). Our groups will rotate between these two activities. Next, we will watch a documentary at the Carey Digital Dome Theater followed by an interactive show about Dr. Robert H. Goddard’s lab. Led by Cosmosphere staff, we’ll see how rockets work with the aid of amazing explosions and his findings.

Lunch: At a favorite local restaurant.

Afternoon: Riding back to the Cosmosphere, we’ll engage in astronaut training simulation to prepare for our powered flights. We’ll learn the basics of flight controls including take-off and landing using flight simulators.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Back at the Cosmosphere, we’ll go through Mission Team Announcements, create team posters, and patches.

DAY
3
Aircraft Flight, Model Rockets, Training Mission
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Hutchinson

Activity note: Getting on/off 15-passenger buses; driving about 20 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking inside Cosmosphere. Wear layered light clothing as simulator experiences can be warmer.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll ride to the Cosmosphere, divide into groups, and rotate between taking flight in a single engine, 4-seat aircraft, while the other group will build model rockets and begins training for the mission to low Earth orbit. Groups will swap activities in the afternoon.

Lunch: At the Airport Steakhouse.

Afternoon: We will ride to the Hutchinson Airport. Our groups will swap between taking flight in a single engine, 4-seat aircraft, while the other group will build model rockets and begins training for the mission to low Earth orbit. Campers will fly and get the chance to pilot an actual 4-seat aircraft with experienced pilots.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: We’ll ride to our launch site on the Fair Grounds, where we will work with our Rocket Launch Team to launch the model rockets we have built. Each Road Scholar will take part in the countdown and hit the launch button to shoot their own rocket into the sky!

DAY
4
Simulated Space Mission, STRATACA Underground Salt Museum
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Hutchinson

Activity note: Getting on/off buses; driving about 50 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking about 1 mile, standing about 1 hour.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will ride to the Cosmosphere and run missions in our Astralis simulator and in Mission Control. Other groups will be going through Astronaut Training Sims that include a 4G centrifuge, Soyuz capsule, and Multi-axis trainer.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll ride to the salt mines and go 650 feet beneath the Kansas wheat to explore the STRATACA Kansas Underground Salt Museum. Due to its protection from the elements, low humidity, cool temperatures, and security, this unique resource is home to a large amount of original Hollywood film negatives, television masters, and famous costumes, as well as and other important and historical files, documents, and records from around the world.

Dinner: At the Carriage Crossing Restaurant in the Amish community of Yoder. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Returning to the Cosmoshere, we’ll have a presentation taking us through the season and learn about our night sky in the Planetarium. We’ll then build “battlebots” and have a robotics competition, trying to knock the competition out of the ring.

DAY
5
Graduation, Program Concludes
Hutchinson Kansas
B,L

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will participate in a graduation ceremony and receive certificates and patches.

Lunch: At the Cosmosphere. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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