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Ad Astra Kansas Space Celebration


Sat Oct 13, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Washburn University, Stoffer Science Hall, Topeka, KS Map
Community Partner
Cadette, Junior

The Space Celebration will have astronomy and telescope displays. Attendees will build and launch paper rockets, do engineering activities, see flight and chemistry (space ice cream) demos, quizzes and take-aways. A big hit from last year—safe food for astronauts—will be back.  Displays, presentations and activities run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Crane Observatory viewing is from 8-9, weather permitting.  Even if weather does not permit the observatory will be opened so attendees can see the telescope.

This event is open to the public, so siblings, parents can come.

University of Kansas senior Madison Sargent will present “Twinkle Twinkle: Kansas Shooting for the Stars” geared for Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts, about KU’s new KUbeSat(ellite). She will tell us about her part in a team that has designed our state’s first mini-satellite (weighs less than 26 lbs.), which will be launched by NASA in 2019.  Madison will also tell a bit about herself, how she got interested in science, cool things she is doing, what she likes best about science, all things to encourage girls to take an interest in STEM.

Additional Info: Space for the special presentation is limited. Please register with number attending.

Cost Per Person: Free

Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to

Registration and Questions: Email Jeanette Steinert at

About this Partner: Ad Astra Kansas Foundation's mission is to promote STEM in Kansas by focusing on the space sciences.