As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Space 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 environment, nature, research and/or leisure pursuits as they relate to space.
When planning your adventure, consider including:
- an environmental aspect and/or a leisure pursuit
- an outdoor activity or research
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Create your own space base. 1. Have you ever imagined living on another planet? Read a science fiction account or watch a movie based on this concept. 2. Take a telescope out on a clear night or visit a planetarium and catch a glimpse of places in our solar system where a space base might be built, with the right equipment and conditions. 3. Design a space base located on terra firma (firm ground) within our solar system. This may be on the moon, Mars or an asteroid. Make drawings or a computer design. 4. Now make a model of your space base, including the actual base as well as the landscape. 5. Share your model with a Beaver Colony or Cub Pack, then lead the other youth in a space-themed activity or game. Adventure Idea 2: Three, two, one...Blast off! 1. Find out about building model rockets. Who sells the kits? Do you need a license to buy the engines? What kits are available and which one would be a good challenge for you? 2. If you’ve never built a rocket before, start with a smaller kit, and then proceed to a more challenging one. 3. Build your rocket(s). What will you need to do to get the best height, smoothest flight, etc.? 4. Launch your rocket(s). How will you figure out how high it flew? 5. Recover the rocket and examine it. What can you learn about its flight from how it looks? Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Build and operate a robotic rover. Visit your local Scout Shop to borrow the STEM robotics kit, and follow the instructions provided. What can you learn from this robotic rover? How have such devices been used in space?
- Build and operate a solar vehicle. How might such a vehicle be useful on another planet?
- Spend an evening stargazing. Consider making arrangements with a local science centre or university to get access to a quality telescope, and invite a local expert along to help guide your observations.
- Build a model solar system. Try to make it to scale.
- Design a series of collector cards, with pictures on the front and information on the back, about your favorite space pioneers. Develop a “space” game to play with the cards.
- Imagine that beings from another planet arrived on earth. Do you think that they would be greeted in peace or immediately contained or killed by the people of earth? Host a debate for your Patrol or Troop on the topic.
- What is required to become an astronaut? Explore the Canadian Space Agency, NASA and other space agencies. Find out about Canadian astronauts who have been to space and how they were chosen.
- Plan a stargazing night with your Patrol. When looking at the stars, make up your own constellations and the stories behind them.
- Follow a space mission for a month or more. Collect information, newspaper articles, photos, etc. and organize them into a story about the mission.
- Do you know how telescopes work? Make your own telescope and use it to look at the night sky.
- Could there be life on Mars? What does a planet have to have to support life? Imagine the technology that could help us to find life on other planets. Share the design for your invention with your Patrol.
- How does the moon affect the earth and its oceans? What experiment could you do that would demonstrate these effects? Ever see the “man in the moon” or the “rabbit in the moon”? What are you actually seeing? Check out a map of the moon's surface.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Mackenzie Trail River (Environment & Outdoors) and Cabot Trail (Creative Expression) to inspire a Space adventure you’d like to try on your own.