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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

July 26, 2016

4-H Space Exploration and the Mars Habitat Experience

Submitted by Deryl Waldren

The Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Program and the Kansas Cosmosphere located in Hutchinson are again teaming up to provide fun, hands-on and science-based programming for Kansas 4-H Youth Development. This inaugural program will feature “Space Exploration and the Mars Habitat.” The experience begins Friday, September 30, at 6 p.m., and will end on Saturday, October 1, 4 p.m. Cost will be $100 for youth between 9-18 years old and adult participants. All youth must have a designated chaperone to attend.

Registration includes three meals, two breaks, and an overnight stay. Program topics include a tour of the Cosmosphere, “Journey to Space” movie, creating a Martian habitat, geocaching items that you will need to live on Mars, robotics design challenge with building an item you will need to survive on Mars, a star observation experience outside (weather permitting), plus much more.

This Cosmosphere collaboration is designed to be an adult-child experience, where 4-H members and adults can interact and learn from these fun and educational experiences. The program will include overnight indoor camping at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS (bring your own sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, towel and toiletry items). The experience is open to 4-H members, parents, grandparents, volunteer 4-H leaders, and KSRE staff.

The CVent registration system will be used; visit http://www.kansas4-h.org/events/index.html. Registration will close Sunday, September 18. There will be a minimum number required or the Mars Habitat experience will be cancelled. For full details about the Mars Habitat Experience, visit http://www.kansas4-h.org/events-activities/volunteer-trainings/spacetech/. For more information, contact Deryl Waldren, dwaldren@ksu.edu, or call 785-462-6281.