New Castle siblings attend Adventure in Flight Road Scholar Program in Kansas |

New Castle siblings attend Adventure in Flight Road Scholar Program in Kansas

Cole and Gage Harper, of New Castle, children of Neal and Karolyn Harper, attended the Inter-generational Adventures in Flight Road Scholar Program at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center July 21-26. Cole will be entering grade 9 at Coal Ridge High School, and Gagewill be entering grade 6 at Riverside Middle School.

The five-day program is for adults and their children or grandchildren to learn about space science and aviation. During camp they take a flight lesson aboard a Cessna 172 with a certified flight instructor, train in the Cosmosphere’s spaceflight simulators, build robots and rockets, and explore modern aircraft manufacturing on a tour of an aircraft facility in Wichita.

Participants tour the Cosmosphere’s world renowned Hall of Space museum featuring the largest collection of Soviet space artifacts outside of Russia, experience thrilling films in the Carey Dome Theater, and see the stars in the Justice Planetarium. The program concludes intergenerational teams flying a space shuttle mission on the Cosmosphere’s Falcon shuttle simulator, the most realistic outside of NASA.

The Cosmosphere offers camp programs for students as young as those going into second grade, and on through high school age. Camps are available for adults, including the Intergenerational Camp Experience for grandparents and grandchildren. Camp experiences are also offered for groups, including schools that can custom design curriculum based on state education standards. The Cosmosphere also has programs designed specifically for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Webelos.

The Cosmosphere’s Camp KAOS features five levels starting for students entering grade seven. Space 101 and 201 are held at the Cosmosphere and nearby areas; Space 301 includes a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA’s astronaut training facilities; Space 401 is held at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to experience NASA launch facilities; and Space 501 focuses on emerging space technology facilities in California.

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Honoring the Past and Inspiring the Future of Space Exploration. Educating people from around the globe, the Cosmosphere features the Hall of Space museum, the most significant collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world; the Justice Planetarium, an interactive multi-media solar system experience; Dr. Goddard’s Lab, a live rocket science show; the Carey Dome Theater, a giant screen format dome theater. The Cosmosphere is at 1100 N. Plum in Hutchinson, KS. 800-397-0330 or 620-662-2305. Visit for more information.

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