Scientific Beaver

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Scientific Beaver

Objective: I will use my scientific mind to explore, discover and experiment. When planning your adventures, you might like

  • an adventure in which you test out your own ideas about how something could work.
  • Remember that both successes and failures are important to scientific adventures.

Here are some ideas to help you start creating your own adventures

  • How many different kinds of materials can you use to make a boat that will float? Keep track of the materials you’ve tried and show your Lodge the boat that worked best and the one that was the worst at floating.
  • Build several boats out of tinfoil. Make your boats different shapes and sizes. Add a load (like some dimes) to each boat. Which shape holds the most dimes and keeps floating?
  • Count the number of light bulbs in your house. If we didn’t have light bulbs, what could you do and what could you not do in your home?
  • How quickly does an ice cube melt? What if you put it in a glass of water? Or on a plate? Or in the sun? Or in the fridge?
  • Look at the stars at night. Over the years, people have imagined what they could see in the stars. They have given names to groups of stars that seem to make shapes and imagined stories about what they see. What do you see in the stars? What name would you give a group of stars you’ve chosen? What story would you tell about it?
  • What do you think it would it be like to be an astronaut (a person who travels to space)? Learn about a Canadian astronaut. What did he or she find most exciting about being in space? Most difficult? Most surprising?
  • Grow a plant from a seed or a cutting. Choose one that you’ve never grown before. What does it need to grow? Is it safe to eat or does it have other uses? Is it used in medicines? What do you like about this plant?
  • Using toothpicks and mini-marshmallows, figure out how to build the highest tower that won’t fall down. What is the secret to a tall tower? Take photos of your towers, showing the ones that work and the ones that fall down. How high was the tallest tower you built?
  • Use a magnet. What can you pick up with your magnet? What can you not pick up? Why? What are magnets used for around your home?
  • With an adult, search online to find a simple chemistry experiment you can try at home, such as adding food colouring to water for white carnations. Watch what happens.
  • Look at the stars at night. Over the years, people have imagined what they could see in the stars. They have given names to groups of stars that seem to make shapes and imagined stories about what they see. What do you see in the stars? What name would you give a group of stars you’ve chosen? What story would you tell about it?
  • Build your very own volcano. You can use baking soda and vinegar to make lava flow. What other safe ways can you make lava flow from your volcano?

Need some more ideas?

Look at the Trail Cards for Rascal’s River: Creative Expression.

Pick a suitable adventure for this badge that you would like to try on your own.