Webelos AOL Adventures in Science

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure Requirements: Adventures in Science

This is a preview of the changes to the Cub Scout program which go into effect on June 1 2015. See the BSA Program Updates page for complete information.

Adventures in Science is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures.  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.

Requirements for the Adventures in Science Webelos/AOL Adventure

  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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
Get a printable checkoff list of these requirements for use with your den.

3 Responses to Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure Requirements: Adventures in Science

  1. Mark July 2, 2016 at 10:47 PM #

    My son is wanting to do the Adventures in Science to complete one of the Nova Awards. My question is since electrical circuits are not my thing and he needs to do the fair test items for a different award. How do you do a solar system to scale? Can you make each planet and the Sun on a scale so that they are comparable and then have note cards that would show the actual space that they should be apart. How have others done this one? Thank you for any help that you suggest.

    • Randi July 19, 2016 at 8:57 AM #

      The requirement for the solar system model in the book just mentions distance between planets, not the sizes of each planet.. We put each planet name on an index card on a stick and went to the park and used a measuring tape to make our model. It was pretty neat! We did talk about the relative sizes at home later, but that wasn’t reflected in our distance model.

  2. Judy September 13, 2016 at 9:42 PM #

    The Exploratorium website has a build a model solar system page. Type in the size of the sun (e.g. 25 cm), and the page will calculate the size of the planets. My son built a scale model using pins with different sized heads and stacked spools of thread to show the distance from the sun.

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