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Astronautics Activity Badge

Our partner UK Space Agency has produced activity sheets to support the Scout Astronautics Activity Badge.

These badge requirements were updated on 26 January 2018. The previous badge requirements can still be used until 31 January 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.


How to earn your badge

  1. Find out how craters are formed, and what meteorites tell us about the universe. You could experiment using marbles, rubber balls or stones as meteorites, and a tray filled with sand as your planet/moon surface.  
  2. Compare satellite images of Mars and the Moon with satellite images of Earth. Point out similar landscape features such as craters, valleys and volcanoes. Discuss what Earth observation can tell us about the land, sea and atmosphere.
  3. Build your own satellite dish. Discuss what everyday items rely on satellites.
  4. In a group, debate about life elsewhere in the universe. What might it look like? How do we search for life on other planets and moons? How would the human race react to the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe?
  5. Find out about the International Space Station and how astronauts live and work on board.
  6. Research a current space mission, such as a mission to Mars. Then, design a model of your own space probe or other spacecraft, including the instruments on board that enable it to complete its mission.
  7. Build, launch and recover a model rocket. Think about the shape of your rocket and why that’s important. Make a second launch to achieve a specific objective, such as reaching a certain height or carrying a fragile payload, like an egg.

Previous badge requirements

These requirements will be discontinued on 31 January 2019.

How to earn your badge
  1. Show how craters are formed. Use marbles, rubber balls or stones as meteorites and a tray filled with sand as your planet/moon surface.
  2. Try the same experiment again but this time, make changes to the speed, density and size of the meteorite. How does it affect the crater formed? Test the different effects fairly by keeping one element of your
    experiment the same, like the amount of sand in the tray.
  3. Compare satellite images of Mars and the moon with satellite images of Earth. Point out similar landscape features such as craters, valleys and volcanoes.
  4. Build your own satellite dish. Cover a torch in paper slits and a range of
    mirrors, flat and concave, to show how concave satellite dishes focus signals from satellites.
  5. In a group, debate about life elsewhere in the universe. What might it look like? How do we search for life on other planets and moons? How would the human race react to the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe?
  6. Explain what each of these are and how they’re used: space probe, satellite, space station, space observatory or a telescope, space shuttle, rocket, rover and payload.
  7. Build a paper model of a spacecraft. Make marks on the model to identify the instruments on board that enable it to complete its mission.
  8. Build, launch and recover a model rocket. Make a second launch to achieve a specific objective, such as carrying a fragile payload, aerial photography, altitude measurement, temperature measurement, parachute recovery, remote control, building a launch controller or a launch pad.


Top tips

If you not have a concave mirror then a halved football or bowl covered in tin foil would work.

These website will help with building paper models of spacecraft: http://tiny.cc/qoxzmx

 

Guidance for leaders

The UK Space Agency partner the Scout Astronautics Activity Badge. For activity ideas and resources to support the badge requirements visit their information page.


Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


 

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