As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Engineering Challenge Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended
From the Scouter Manual:
Objective: I will explore various dimensions of engineering, including design, materials and construction.
When planning your adventure, consider:
- learning about how a tool, an appliance, or a vehicle functions
- designing and building a tool, an appliance, or a structure
- working with materials or tools you have not used before
- engineering fields include: aerospace, architectural, civil, computer, electrical, marine, mechanical, and mining
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Electric Cars 1. Imagine having a solar powered car. Explore designs for solar powered cars. Collect the needed materials and build a car that can travel using energy from sunlight. 2. Make adjustments to get help your car travel farther on a single charge. 3. Make changes to your car to make it look awesome! Consider how the solar panels can be used to make your car look great. 4. Imagine a community of electric vehicles. What changes would you have to see to help support electric vehicles? Design and make a model of the city of the future – a city in which people travel by electric vehicles. 5. Show off your solar car to your Patrol or Troop, or to a younger Section. Present how you improved the design and performance of your car. Adventure Idea 2: A Transportation Challenge 1. How many different forms of transportation exist in your community? Create a slideshow or pamphlet to show the variety of transportation methods. Think carefully. Have you included every possible mode of transportation? 2. As possible, take a different mode of transportation to school every day of the school week. Consider the pros and cons of each form of transportation. How do they help your fitness? The environment? Traffic volume? How efficient are they in getting you where you want to go? How accessible are they for those who have disabilities? 3. What might your community do to make transportation work better? Consider the roads, the pathways, traffic reports, rail lines, and any other transportation infrastructure. If you were the engineer proposing a plan for improving the transportation in your community, what would be your chief recommendation? On a map of your community, indicate the changes that you think would help people to move around quickly, safely and easily. 4. Meet with an engineer who specializes in designing roads and overpasses. Find out what is considered in the design and the role the engineer plays throughout the building process. 5. Imagine how you would help people to move around more efficiently. Design, either on paper or with a computer program, the ultimate vehicle or form of transportation. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Design a better backpack. Interview other Scouts about what they like best in backpacks. Do research at a camping equipment store (like your local Scout Shop). Create the design for the ultimate backpack.
- Ever wondered how something is made or done? Visit an industrial plant, an electricity generating plant, a food processing or packing plant, a sewage treatment plant, a mine or another centre of engineering activity. What would you need at home to do the same job?
- Select a manufactured item in your home (such as a toy or an appliance) and, under adult supervision or with permission, investigate how and why it works as it does.
- Build and operate a robotic rover. Visit your local Scout Shop to borrow the STEM robotics kit. Follow the instructions provided.
- Use everyday materials to design and build a strong structure (e.g. a bridge or a tower). Choose at least one material with which you’ve never before built.
- Enter a project in a science or engineering fair or similar competition. Check the Scouts Canada website for possible STEM competitions.
- What exactly does an engineer do? There are many different fields of engineering. If possible, interview a number of engineers who work in different fields.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Cabot Trail (Creative Expression) to inspire an Engineering adventure you’d like to try on your own.