Launching the Scout Scientist Activity Badge
This British Science Week (8-17 March), we’re thrilled to introduce the Scout Scientist Activity Badge. To celebrate the launch, Scout Ambassador and European Space Agency Astronaut Tim Peake came to Gilwell Park to help our first set of Scouts to earn their badge
We’re over the moon to launch the Scout Scientist Activity Badge, sponsored by Rolls-Royce! The badge paves the way for more young people to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities; to learn more; and to stretch past the limits of their intellectual curiosity. From problem-solving to creativity, STEM activities develop skills which help young people to thrive.
To coincide with British Science Week, this week at Gilwell Park ESA Astronaut and Scout Ambassador Tim Peake helped the first set of Scouts to earn the badge by leading them through various exciting experiments.
Tim is passionate about using British Science Week to get more young people involved in STEM activities. He said: ‘I’m proud to support the Scout Scientist Activity Badge. It will help young people try new things and learn some valuable science-based skills. I think it’s fantastic that a young person can join the Scouts and learn a range of different STEM skills that are recognised through their badges. It can spark an interest in science that can last a lifetime. British Science Week is a great chance for more young people to have fun with science.’
Four Scouts from across England were lucky enough to have a go at getting their badge with Tim, but thousands more young people across the UK will get to learn a range of new skills and have loads of fun with science by working toward the badge. It’s a curiosity-building and creatively driven way of getting young people to try new things. The requirements range from creating elephant’s toothpaste from a yeast-based solution to seeing the reaction between a flame and steel wool, with sparky results.
Rolls-Royce Community Investment Manager Gill Fennell said, ‘We’ve been working together for more than a decade to help at least 360,000 Cubs to achieve their Scientist Badge and we’re delighted to extend our partnership to reach Scouts too. We’ll be co-creating even more Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) resources so that Scouts can explore what happens when you take science out of the textbook, and develop STEM skills for life.’
Why not spark your Troop’s interest with a few fun experiments? Like how to skewer a balloon without popping it or how to make a magnetic compass? The badge is the perfect way to encourage young people to explore the wondrous world of science behind everyday and adventurous activities. Find out more by taking a look at the badge requirements and making the most of these brand new activities.