By paying careful attention during experiments, scientists learn new things—even if they’ve done the test before. That means you don’t have to grow up to be a scientist. You’re a scientist every time you do an experiment! In this badge, find out where science has been hiding in your own home.
- Be a kitchen chemist
- Create static electricity
- Dive into density
- Make something bubble up
Fling Flyer Design Challenge (2 hours)
Work like an engineer to create a fling flyer and explore what keeps it and other things, like birds, planes, and spaceships, in the air.
- Learn about forces that affect flight
- Design and build a fling flyer
- Test your fling flyer
- Brainstorm ways to improve your design
When engineers design something new, they need to consider how forces like gravity and friction will affect their design. Race car designers add or create special features, parts of something, that help their car to go fast. Engineers create these features to make their products more useful. Design, build, and test your own race car to explore how science can make a faster race car!
- Learn how design can affect speed
- Design and build your race car
- Design your racetrack
- Conduct a fair test and record results
Grab your safety goggles and put on your thinking cap–time to combine your creativity with science to build survival devices.
- Learn how simple machines can be used in complex builds.
- Design and build a helping hands device using simple machines
- Design and build a water collection device.
- Design and build a pop fly contraption.
STEM: Think Like a Programmer (2 hours)
Robot are simple machines that run automatically, made of many different parts, each with its own important job to help the robot.
- Explore how robots imitate nature
- Learn about the parts of a robot
- Plan your robot
- Create a prototype
Robots are simple machines made of many different parts that are programmed to run automatically. Programmers are the engineers that create step-by-step instructions, or algorithms, that tell robots how to understand and respond to their environment.
- Create a simple machine
- Test your robot senses
- Learn about programming
- Code our mini robots