Help with Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts

Help with Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts

Help with Cadette and Senior Girl Scout Badges
at The Space Place!

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Important note!

Please see your Girl Scout books for complete descriptions of badge requirements.


Interest Projects for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts...

Space Place Activity
Nature, Science and Health: From Shore to Sea
Technology
2. Tour a boat used in deep-sea fishing or in marine biology studies. What kinds of equipment are used to navigate?
Read about the amazing advanced navigation system used on a special spacecraft!
Career Exploration
5. Capture the ocean's beauty on camera, sketch pad, or by writing a poem or song about the sea.
See the sea from space.
Learn about ocean currents and El Nino.
Nature, Science and Health: Inventions and Inquiry
Service Projects
4. Create a toy for young children. Get some friends together and build several more models to donate to a program or center.
Try building a Momentum Machine or making a Star Finder or Pop Rocket.
Nature, Science and Health: It's About Time
Skill Builders
3. Name three regular time cycles in nature (such as the lunar cycle). Devise a system for keeping time based on one of these cycles.
Learn about Earth's water cycle and the role of clouds.
Nature, Science and Health: Math, Maps, and More
Technology
3. Learn to play a computer game that uses math skills.
See how much "fuel" it takes to get into orbit!
4. Talk with a medical professional who can show you how MRI and CAT scan images are created and used to diagnose and treat diseases. Did you know medical imaging technologies are space program spinoffs? Play the Spinoffs Memory Game and see what other technologies come from the space program.
Nature, Science and Health: Planet Power
Technology
1. Build a solar cooker and cook at least part of a meal in it, or
Build a model solar water heater that works and demonstrate its use to your troop or group or camp director, or
Design your own solar energy collector and explain how it works, or
Visit a building that uses solar energy and find out how it works.
Get ideas about solar energy and other efficient energy sources by . . .
Designing a Tortilla Spacecraft
Reading about a very special airplane
Making or reading about a tiny asteroid "nanorover"
Nature, Science and Health: Space Exploration
Skill Builders
2. Visit a museum, planetarium, observatory, or space center to learn about the history of space exploration, or visit the NASA site on the Internet to find out about projects currently in progress. Make a file of your findings and develop a list of Web sites for others to explore.
Find a Space Place partner museum or planetarium near you.
Skill Builders
3. Learn more about the Sun and the Moon and their relationship to Earth.
Learn about Earth's Moon at the "Phone Dr. Marc" archives from August 2002, October 2002, and March 2003.

Dr. Marc talked about the Sun in January 2002.

Skill Builders
4. With a group, discuss the case for space. Make charts and posters depicting your questions and answers.
Dr. Marc talks about possible life on Mars. Browse The Space Place for other ideas to help with this ambitious project.
Skill Builders
5. Read science fiction written in the 1960s or earlier, or view an old science fiction film from the sixties or earlier. How do they appear today in light of the new information people have about space? Or try writing science fiction.
Get ideas from some of these Space Place pages: Testing a new spacecraft material, the Nine-Eyed Earth Watcher, Mars Adventure, Spinoffs Memory Game, "Fall into a Black Hole" game, A Gentle Push All the Way to the Stars.
Skill Builders
6. Develop your own space exploration activity.
Collect some space images and activity ideas. Or check out the activities at "Spacey things to make" or "Spacey things to do."
Technology
1. Find out about the capabilities of today's telescopes.
Learn about a telescope that sees heat, the amazing camera on the Hubble Space Telescope, and how multiple telescopes can be combined to make a giant "virtual telescope."
Technology
2. Investigate the role of mathematics and computer simulations in developing theories about the universe. Talk with someone knowledgeable in astronomy or physics.
Learn about the number system used by computers and spacecraft to study the universe. Hear Dr. Marc's answers to some very interesting questions about the universe.
Technology
3. Design a human space colony. Share and explain your design or model with others.
Dr. Marc talks about life on Mars and what it was like for the Apollo astronauts on the Moon. Think about what you would need to take with you.
Technology
4. Build an accurate scale model of a space exploration vehicle.
Build an actual size asteroid nanorover!
Technology
5. Construct a flying object.
Build and launch a pop rocket. Find out more about how rockets are launched. Find out from Dr. Marc how airplanes and rockets work.
Service Projects
1. Help sponsor an event, such as a space exploration activity day or science career day. Incorporate hands-on and creative activities.
Find creative activities about space at Spacey things to make, Spacey things to do, and Space science in action.
Service Projects
3. Help Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts learn about space exploration. Do two of the following: Conduct a night-sky exploration, put on a play about life on a space station, tell a story about a woman astronaut, including her training and achievements, or share stories from different cultures about the night sky.
Make Star Finders to teach and learn about the night sky. Find pictures of women astronauts at work. Learn the ancient origin of the myth of astrology.
Career Exploration
1. Check out at least two of the following careers and show how they are linked to the space program: biomedical engineering, meteorology, ceramics, chemistry, industrial engineering, materials science, metallurgy, optical engineering, physiology, and photography.
See some unlikely space program spinoffs. What does space have to do with weather? Also, learn about spacecraft that studies clouds and the atmosphere. Here's a space-faring device that detects air chemistry like a human nose. How do we test new materials to go into space? Learn about space cameras and how pictures are sent to Earth from space. Or, check out the Space Place index for other career ideas!
Career Exploration
4. List five ways that you can maintain your interest in space and/or astronomy. Investigate and list space-related places to visit or activities to pursue in your community or on the internet.
Visit a Space Place partner museum, planetarium, or library (full of books on space and astronomy!) near you. Take a look at Dr. Marc's answers to fascinating questions about space and the universe.
Nature, Science and Health: Why in the World?
Skill Builders
1. Investigate weather patterns by talking with a meteorologist, visiting a meteorological Web site, or watching a television weather station.
Learn weather terms and how to read a TV weather map. Find out about El Niño and make a yummy dessert to show how it works.
Skill Builders
2. Find out how something works. Draw a diagram to show how it works or make a model of it.
Find out how airplanes fly how a dish antenna works (and build a working model for amplifying tiny sounds), how digital cameras work, or how a telescope works.
Technology
5. Take a common household appliance and think forward 20 years. Present your findings through a creative medium: for example, paint a mural, make a poster, or write a poem. Share it with others.
Get ideas by thinking about the history of your selected technology.
Communication: Computers in Everyday Life
Skill Builders
5. Play three or four computer games, or visit a Web site that previews computer games, trivia, or murder mystery contests. What games appeal to you?
Check out these computer games and puzzles: Mars Adventure game, Solar System Switch-a-roo, Space Place Trivia, Spinoffs Memory Game, Cloud Picture Scrambles, Comet Wordfind, the Maze Game, Nanosat Flingman, and online crossword puzzles about telescopes, Earth, and gravitational waves (not hard after you read our easy explanation!)
Communication: Desktop Publishing
Skill Builders
1. Collect samples of desktop publishing.
See examples of desktop publishing in the classroom activity articles linked from the teachers' page.
Communication: Exploring the Net
Skill Builders
4. Learn how to use key words in searching for information on the Internet.
Search for your favorite planet or astronomy-related word using the Space Place search field.
The Arts and History: Artistic Crafts
Skill Builders
2. Learn about hand building with clay, or learn to throw clay on a potter's wheel. Make one finished piece.
Make a World Map Puzzle with clay, or a clay mountain and topo map.
The Arts and History: Museum Discovery
Skill Builders
3. Design your own museum!
Build a space program museum using images, models and toys, and mobiles you have made from The Space Place. Or make a science museum with your own displays explaining concepts such as "Why is the sky blue?," "What is the electromagnetic spectrum?", or "What are gravitational waves?"
The Arts and History: Photography
Technology
5. Find out how ecologists, botanists, and people concerned with energy efficiency use infrared photography in their line of work. Practice taking your own pictures with infrared film during the day and at night.
See how different objects look in infrared light.
Sports and Recreation: Games for Life
Technology
1. Learn to play a variety of educational, interactive computer or electronic games and share them with younger girls.
Check out these computer games and puzzles: Mars Adventure game, Solar System Switch-a-roo, Space Place Trivia, Spinoffs Memory Game, Cloud Picture Scrambles, Comet Wordfind, the Maze Game, Nanosat Flingman, easy to hard mazes, a dot-to-dot spacecraft, and online crossword puzzles about telescopes, Earth, and gravitational waves (not hard after you read our easy explanation!)
Technology
4. Make a list of computer games you would recommend based upon criteria such as degree of difficulty, educational value, fun, and artwork. Share your list with others.
Check out these computer games and puzzles: Mars Adventure game, Solar System Switch-a-roo, Space Place Trivia, Spinoffs Memory Game, Cloud Picture Scrambles, Comet Wordfind, the Maze Game, Nanosat Flingman, easy to hard mazes, a dot-to-dot spacecraft, and online crossword puzzles about telescopes, Earth, and gravitational waves (not hard after you read our easy explanation!)
Orienteering
Skill Builders
1. Learn to read a U.S. Geological Survey topographical map. Draw a map of your neighborhood, schoolyard, community park, or girl scout camp.
Learn how a topo map is made and how to read one by making one yourself!
Technology
5. Find out how a Global Positioning System works.
This article explains and shows how the GPS works.
Sports and Recreation: Smooth Sailing
Technology
1. Get the general weather forecast and then predict local conditions.
Find out how to read a weather map.
Technology
2. Know how to tell where you are and how to get where you want to go. Be able to tell direction by the sun and the stars.
Make a Star Finder for this month and learn to tell direction from the night sky.
Sports and Recreation: Water Sports
Technology
5. Learn how to use a short-wave radio, CB radio or other communications systems on a water craft. Learn how to navigate by radio signals, landmarks or the stars.
Make a Star Finder for this month and learn to tell direction from the night sky.
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