RAF Scout takeover days: how to get involved

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This summer, a number of RAF takeover days are happening across the country. Delivering a range of exciting workshops and activities to Scout groups, RAF STEM Ambassadors will be helping young people to achieve the Air Researcher Activity Badge, and introducing them to the opportunities available within the world of Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Read on to find out more about how to book a place, and to see how Scouts who took part last year benefitted from the experience.

What young people said about last year’s workshops: interview with Scout Isaac

Did you enjoy completing your Air Researcher badge?

Yes! My favourite thing was trying the WW1 and WW2 clothes on. However, I would not like to wear then all day in a cramped cabin in the freezing cold. They were irritating on my skin and extraordinarily heavy! I liked folding the red arrows and throwing them in Hangar 1. Walking around the exhibits inspired me to make a miniature model of a tank.

What would you like to do when you're older? Would you like to work in Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Technology?

I am thinking about it. The trip made me even more interested in building things. My Mum brought home some solar-powered plastic buggies from her school, and I enjoyed breaking apart an old project of mine which included batteries in holders and wires. I soon discovered that if I attached the crocodile clips to the solar panels with the battery on the other side, it would bypass the panel and power the wheel. At the moment I am excited as she asked a technology teacher for some more materials to help us make some more buggies and power them up. I am also interested in Maths. It is my favourite subject at school, closely followed by Science.

What's the best thing about being a Scout?

I think the best thing about being a Scout is the activities. They are excellent.  On County camp, I learnt how to ride a unicycle and did tomahawk throwing.  At another camp I shot an air rifle.  If I was ever going to shoot I thought it would be as an adult, so getting to experience it at my age is great.  Riding a unicycle is so hard, though! I could only do it by holding onto the gazebo leg and cycling around it. Tomahawk throwing was thrilling and easy. I even went back and did it again.

What's the most useful thing you have learnt as a Scout?

I think the most useful thing I have learnt as a scout is how to fire a bow and arrow. It came in handy when I went on a school residential and one of the activities was firing bows and arrows. I was top of the class. Also tying knots helped me at school because we have skipping ropes on the playground. We tie them together to make really long ropes, then tie the ropes to our bodies and play tug of war.

If you could design your own aircraft, what would it look like?

It would be pointy at the front, and the wings would be triangular but not stick out of the main body too much, only enough to be able to fly. It would fit one person in the cockpit, but with a section for people with a door and a winch to let them down.

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Interview with Scout Kai

Did you enjoy completing your Air Researcher badge?

Yes, I really enjoyed completing this badge. The in-depth tasks were very interesting. I especially enjoyed labelling and filling out the spitfire task sheet. It was good fun.

What would you like to do when you're older? Would you like to
work in Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Technology?

I would like to be a programmer for games, or to be involved with a professional stage crew. The idea of working in technology makes me excited, as I would get to use my imagination and create brand new things.

What's the best thing about being a Scout?

The amount of new skills and interesting challenges and tasks you complete. You wouldn’t be able to do it anywhere else. I also enjoy the fun camps, and I like having responsibilities.

What's the best/most useful thing you have learnt as a Scout?

I learnt how to cook, how to help out with a trailer, how to look out for others, and how to put up a tent.

If you could design your own aircraft, what would it look like?

A small spitfire shape with large wings. It would be covered in a green camouflage pattern.

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Next Scout Air Researcher Badge takeover days

Tuesday 24th July 2018

We are delighted to be hosting our first take over day at The Shuttleworth Museum.

The day is run by expert RAF STEM Ambassadors. Scouts can take part in a number of exciting workshops and activities to achieve the Air Researcher Activity Badge. At the end of the day, each group is presented with the Air Researcher Badge. 

Places are limited and based on a first come first served basis. Costs: £2.00 young person and FREE for Leaders.

Please book your places by following the link below

https://scouts.cinolla.com/gilwellpark/courses/raf-takeover-day---shuttleworth

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Our first ever take over day in Yorkshire will be held at The Yorkshire Air Museum.

The day is run by expert RAF STEM Ambassadors. Scouts can take part in a number of exciting workshops and activities to achieve the Air Researcher Activity Badge. At the end of the day, each group is presented with the Air Researcher Badge. 

Places are limited and based on a first come first served basis. Costs: £2.00 young person and FREE for Leaders.

Secure your place and find out more information on the following link;

https://scouts.cinolla.com/gilwellpark/courses/raf-takeover-day---yorkshire 

Thursday 16th August 2018

We are pleased to announce that RAF are hosting another Scout Air Researcher badge take over day at the RAF Museum Cosford on Thursday 16th August 2018.

The day is run by expert RAF STEM Ambassadors. Scouts can take part in a number of exciting workshops and activities to achieve the Air Researcher Activity Badge. At the end of the day, each group is presented with the Air Researcher Badge. 

Places are limited and based on a first come first served basis. Costs: £2.00 young person and FREE for Leaders.

For more information and to sign up to the event https://scouts.cinolla.com/gilwellpark/courses/raf-take-over

If you have any further questions around the event, please email partnerships@scouts.org.uk

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