Saturday, August 16, 2014

Edwardsville student completes NASA space education program

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Dante Howie of Edwardsville, Kan. child of Henri and Jean Howie, attended  the Camp KAOS Alien Adventure program July 14-16, 2014 at the Cosmosphere. Dante Howie will be entering grade 5 at Edwardsville Elementary this fall.

Developed by Cosmosphere education staff, Alien Adventure is a three-day camp with an overnight stay for students entering fourth and fifth grades.

Students investigate the nature of life on our planet and the possibility of life elsewhere. Each team is challenged to design and develop an alien life form and then present their concept at the graduation ceremony.

In addition to their team projects, campers observe the night sky using high-powered telescopes and experience shows in the Carey Digital Dome Theatre, Justice Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab. Alien Adventure campers also explore the history of the Space Race in the Hall of Space Museum.

The Cosmosphere offers camp programs for students as young as those entering second grade, and on through high school. Camps are available for adults, including the Intergenerational Camp Experience for adults and their children or grandchildren.

Additional camp experiences are offered for groups, and schools can custom-design curriculum based on state education standards. The Cosmosphere also has programs designed specifically for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Webelos and the American Heritage Girls.

The Cosmosphere’s Camp KAOS program features five progressive levels for students entering seventh grade. Campers begin with Space 101 and 201, which are held at the Cosmosphere and visit other nearby facilities.

They move on to Space 301, which includes a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA’s astronaut training facilities. Those who progress to Space 401 travel to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where campers experience NASA launch facilities. The most advanced campers in Space 501 focus on emerging space technology facilities in California.

The Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere houses the largest collection of U.S. space artifacts outside the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.  It also houses the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow.

The Carey Digital Dome Theater proudly supports education. The Cosmosphere’s education department provides field trips, assemblies, and the internationally acclaimed Camp KAOS summer space adventures, which utilize STEM principles to inspire explorers of all ages and build leadership and teamwork skills. Information about Camp KAOS can be found at

For more information about the Cosmosphere and the Carey Digital Dome Theater, visit