As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Science 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 and discover in one of the many areas of scientific pursuit.
When planning your adventure, consider:
- exploring more than one scientific field
- experimenting with or observing something you have not seen before
- involving the outdoors and/or nature and/or care of the environment.
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Plastic is everywhere! 1. Do a survey of your home. How many items are made of plastic? In the recycling, how many different numbers of plastic do you find? Compare the items your household recycles with the list of recyclable items in your community. Are any recyclables winding up in the trash? Are non-recyclable items being put in the recycle bin? Share the results of your investigation with your family. 2. Some home and personal cleaning products have tiny beads of plastic in them to help scrub surfaces and your skin. Check the labels of the products in your home to find out which use plastic beads and which use other materials for the same purpose. Share the results of your investigation with your family. 3. Make your own bio-plastic using milk and vinegar. Investigate how using different amounts of these materials impact the final product. Compare its characteristics (strength, flexibility, etc.) with different types of factory-produced chemical plastics. 4. Investigate the behaviour of plastics and other materials in water. Create and perform an experiment to find out what materials float, what materials sink and what materials dissolve. Share the results of your experiment with your Patrol. What might the results mean for the environment? Have you heard of plastic islands? 5. What day-to-day items are made of plastic, but are also available made from other materials? Are the plastic items typically recycled in your community? What material should be used, in your opinion, all things considered? Send an email or write a letter to your mayor to suggest any changes that you feel your community should make regarding plastics? Adventure Idea 2: How do you make that sound? 1. Explore the differences between strings, brass, percussion and woodwind families of instruments. How do they produce the kinds of sounds that they do? Find an opportunity to try at least one instrument from each family of instruments. 2. How do animals make musical sounds in nature? Match pictures of animals with pictures of instruments that make sounds in a similar way. 3. Design and build a musical instrument that has at least seven notes. 4. Practise with your instrument until you can play a simple tune with it. 5. Create another instrument made with materials you find in nature, such as a willow whistle. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Read an old science fiction novel, such as Jules Verne’s From Earth to Moon (and/or the sequel, Around the Moon). How much did the author get right about space travel?
- Visit a science centre, aquarium, planetarium or another science-themed public attraction.
- How many different ways can electricity be created? How do you rely on electricity? What affect does a power outage have and how can you be prepared? Create your own source of electricity. How might you use a bicycle to generate electricity? What are you able to power?
- Get up close and personal with at least 20 different live species of insects in their habitat. How many orders of insects can you identify? How will you record your discoveries? What role do insects play in our world, even though they can be annoying?
- Put your green thumb to work. Grow a plant from seeds, roots, cuttings, tubers, and grafting. How will you record your experiments and their results? Experiment with soil, fertilizer and watering.
- Become a rumour buster. Pick some “rumoured” things you’ve heard, such as what happens when you put a certain type of candy into a certain type of pop. Test the rumours.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Cabot Trail (Creative Expression) and MacKenzie River (Environment & Outdoors) to inspire a Science adventure you’d like to try on your own.