HUTCHINSON — Local student, Kail Stockham of McPherson, child of Kelly and Carrie Stockham, attended Cosmosphere Camp: Space 101 this June.

Kail will be in seventh grade at McPherson Middle School this fall.

Space 101 is a week-long, introductory astronaut training camp for students entering seventh and eighth grades. The camp emphasizes teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Campers participating in Space 101 construct and launch rockets, train on Cosmosphere spaceflight simulators, including the 4-G Centrifuge, the multi-axis trainer and the stress simulator, and tour the world-renowned Hall of Space Museum.

The camp culminates with a team-based mission in the 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 principals, have been recognized for their ability to motivate campers to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and aerospace related industries.

The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located in Hutchinson. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow.

This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery.

The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily and recently-released feature films on weekends; a newly renovated Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.