Cub Scouts Study Meteors

cub scout activities while watching for meteors

Photo by Trevor Bexon via Flickr.

According to the National Day Calendar, June 30th is National Meteor Watch Day.  It’s a day that “people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star.”  It’s also a great day for your Cub Scouts to check off some requirements while they look for meteors.

Tigers can mark off one of the requirements for the elective adventure, Sky is the Limit, and Wolves, Bears and Webelos can complete a requirement for the Out of this World Nova award. Continue reading

Cub Scouts: Nova STEM Program

Cub Scouts Nova Stem ProgramHave you heard about the Cub Scouts Nova awards and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program?  It is a BSA initiative to encourage boys’ curiosity about these fields.

As part of the Cub Scouts Nova STEM program, boys can earn two different awards. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Continue reading

How to Make Air Rockets

air rocketRecently, I told you about the awesome air rocket launcher I built.  Here are the instructions for the actual rocket that you’ll launch with your rocket launcher!  🙂

When the rocket lands, it may crumple a bit, but you can smooth it out and use it again.  We were able to shoot off a rocket about 10 or so times before the paper tore, and it had to be discarded.

If you don’t want to purchase rocket kits for the Webelos and Arrow of Light adventure, Adventures in Science, you can substitute these air rockets.  Your fair test can be to compare how high the rocket goes when you stomp really hard on the launcher to when you step on it gently.

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How to Make an Air Rocket Launcher

air rocket launcher10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…BLASTOFF! 

I was shocked at how high a simple paper rocket would go when propelled by a stomp on a soft drink bottle that is attached to PVC pipe!  As we were trying it out, the neighborhood kids (and a few adults) came over for their turn to launch a rocket.

Our pack is hosting a community “Rocket Academy” event as our round-up.  We’ll have several rocket activities that kids can do, and this will be one of them.

Building an air rocket launcher would make a great den activity.  Have all the supplies ready, and the boys can assemble it.  Discuss with them how the launcher works.  And make sure you leave time for them to launch a few rockets!  🙂 Continue reading