Hannah Templeton, a seventh grader at Wheatridge Middle School and Tyler Quigley, a seventh grader at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, graduated from Level One of the Future Astronaut Training Program at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in late July.
The four-day, introductory astronaut camp is for students entering grades six through eight and emphasizes teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Developed by Cosmosphere staff, it is a nationally recognized camp that motivates campers to seek careers in aerospace-related industries.
Throughout the week, Quigley and Templeton trained in space simulators like the centrifuge, multi-axis trainer and stress simulator. They launched homemade rockets, and designed and directed a robotic mission. The week culminated with a mission in the Cosmosphere’s Falcon III, the most realistic shuttle simulator outside of NASA, and the monitoring of another team’s mission in the mission control center.
The Falcon III is a rotating device that tests people’s reactions to forces encountered during launch and re-entry. It also simulates orbit, satellite, deployment and landing.
Quigley is the son of Chad and Tara Quigley, Gardner. Templeton is the daughter of Shannon and Bryan Templeton, Gardner.
The Cosmosphere offers camp programs for students as young as those going into second grade and on through high school age. Camps are also available for adults – including some for intergenerational learning that grandparents or parents as young as 40 can attend with their children or grandchildren.
More information about Cosmosphere camps can be found online at www.cosmos.org or by calling (800)397-0330 ext. 323.
The Kansas Cosmosphere is located in Hutchinson, Kan.