Webelos AOL Adventures in Science

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure Requirements: Adventures in Science

This is a preview of one of the new Cub Scout requirements which will go into effect in the 2015-2016 program year. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

Adventures in Science is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures.  In the current Webelos Cub Scout program, it is most similar to the Scientist activity badge and the Science belt loop and pin .

For this adventure, Webelos learn about the scientific method and explore some different areas of science.

The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Webelos will receive a pin.

Webelos/AOL Adventure Requirements: Adventures in Science

Do all of these:

  1. An experiment is a “fair test” to compare possible explanations. Draw a picture of a fair test that shows what you need to do to test a fertilizer’s effects on plant growth.
  2. Visit a museum, a college, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium, or other facility that employs scientists. If you cannot visit a scientist, your den leader can find one to come and visit your den. Prepare three questions ahead of time, and talk to a scientist about his or her work.
  3. Complete any four of the following:
    1. Carry out the experiment you designed for requirement 1, above. Report what you learned about the effect of fertilizer on the plants that you grew.
    2. Carry out the experiment you designed for requirement 1, but change the independent variable. Report what you learned about the effect of changing the variable on the plants that you grew.
    3. Build a model solar system. Chart the distances between the planets so that the model is to scale. Use what you learn from this requirement to explain the value of making a model in science.
    4. With adult supervision, build and launch a model rocket. Use the rocket to design a fair test to answer a question about force or motion.
    5. Create two circuits of three light bulbs and a battery. Construct one as a series circuit and the other as a parallel circuit.
    6. Study the night sky. Sketch the appearance of the North Star (Polaris) and the Big Dipper (part of the Ursa Major constellation) over at least six hours. Describe what you observed, and explain the meaning of your observations.
    7. With adult assistance, explore safe chemical reactions with household materials. Using two substances, observe what happens when the amounts of the reactants are increased. Explore properties of motion on a playground. Does the weight of a person affect how fast they slide down a slide or how fast a swing moves? Design a fair test to answer one of those questions.
    8. Read a biography of a scientist. Tell your den leader or the other members of your den what the scientist was famous for and why his or her work is important.
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