2018 Scout Programs.

Here you can find a range of programs, activity ideas and resources based on this years Scouts in Action Month There - 'Scientific Scouts'

Programs here are suitable for Scouts and will capture the imagination of youth within the Scout Section.  There are also activities that will support the badge work within your Troop.

Click on the links to download programs based around a scientific theme.

ScienceScout Science Program (download)
Electricity is all around us, it powers everything from our houses to your mobile phone and pocket torch. Some know that it’s made up of electrons flowing through wires but what makes it flow and how do we measure it and put it to use? Volts, current, power; what do we mean by these terms and can we better understand them? This activity involves the making of hot wire knives and gaining a better idea of how electrical power is controlled and used in simple circuits.

STEM Scouts

SciScouts Chemistry Resource Pack

Here are some great ideas in this resource pack for activities to try during your weekly meetings.
Download the pack here -SciScouts Chemistry Resource Pack

Scientific Method.
When conducting reserch, scientists use scientific method to collect measurable, empirical evidense(information aquired by observation and experimentation) in an experiment related to a hypothesis (often in a forms of an if/then statement), the results aiming to support or contradict (disprove) a theory.

The steps of Scientific Method are:

1. Make an observation or observations
2. As questions about the observation and gather information
3. Form a hypothesis - a tentative description of what's been observes, and make preditions based on that hypothesis
4. Test the hypothesis and predictions in an experiment that can be reproduced
5. Analyse the data and draw conclusion, accept of reject the hypothesis or modify the hypothesis if necessary
6. Reproduce the experiment until there are no discrepancies between observation and theory

Scientific Method Explained
Here is the Scientific Method explained

Astronony for Scouts
Astronomy has held us in wonder since ancient times and was one of the first disciplines to become a science starting with people like Kepler in 1609 who worked out the mathematics of planetary movements and Galileo who developed the first telescope capable of seeing moons around Jupiter. Much has changed since then with most major Solar system bodies been studied in detail from orbit. With all the high tech equipment astronomy still has a lot to offer the Scout with a good telescope and a clear night sky. Being a proficiency badge a Scout is free to select any number of options they are interested in that cover investigation, skill and an activity. This activity has been written to help Scouts pick out ideas they could use towards the badge and provide some guidance and limitations to expect when observing the night sky.


Scientific Method in Action
Here is a cool experiment that you can ask ' what would happen if you blew up a balloon over a flame what would happen - it would explode. (Method 1)  But what would happen (the question) if you put water in the bottom of the balloon and put it over the flame? This is the question (Method 2).

So have your Scouts design an experiment around the ballon with water in it and see what happens does it explode or not?  (Method 3)This is the test of your hypothesis and it can be done a numer of times so it can be reproduced (Method 4)

Analyse what happened and and see if the result match youy hypothesis (Method 5) and continue with the experiment to prove the hypothesis (Method 6)

Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeDZQ9-gsjY