Help for Cub Scouts!

Help for Cub Scouts!

Work on Cub Scout Achievements
and Electives at the Space Place

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Academics Pins and Belt Loops

Tiger Cub patch
2. Making decorations Make a model Saturn decoration.
3. Fun and Games The Space Place has three board games you can print and play with your family: Fall into a Black Hole, Wild Weather Adventure, and Voyage on the High Seas.
17. Make a model Design a tortilla spacecraft, Make a model Saturn decoration, Make a relief map puzzle of the world, Make a Topo Map, Make a Momentum Machine.
25. Snack time Make some El Niño Pudding, Asteroid Potatoes, or Cookies the Color of Stars.
42. Fun at the Zoo Visit a Space Place partner zoo or aquarium.

Wolf patch

5. Tools for fixing and building
b. Show how to use pliers. Make a model of Saturn. Use pliers for part of the process.
c. Use a screwdriver to drive a screw. Build a Newtonian physics machine. Drive a screw into one side of each knob for tying on the thread.
6. Start a collection
b. Make a collection of anything you like. Start with 10 things. Put them together in a neat way. Check out the image gallery and collect images of Earth and Space.
c. Show and explain your collection to another person. Show your family and friends the collection of images of Earth and space you have made.
7. Your living world
e. With an adult, find three or four stories that tell how people are protecting our living world. Read and discuss them together. Read "Water Works on the Blue Planet."
Read about greenhouse gases and how scientists are studying them.
How do scientists use satellites to understand migration patterns of endangered animals?
Instruments on the "Terra" satellite help us understand our atmosphere, and our effect on it, in 3-D.
Dr. Marc talks about how space technology has helped us understand and take care of our planet.
8. Cooking and eating
c. Help fix at least one meal for your family. Help set the table, cook the food, and wash the dishes. Make Asteroid Potatoes, or a Tortilla Spacecraft.

13. Birds
d. Point out 10 different kinds of birds (five may be from pictures). See pictures and learn about some birds that are endangered species.

Bear patch
5. Sharing your world with wildlife
d. Visit one of the following: zoo, nature center, aviary, wildlife refuge, or game preserve. See if there is a Space Place partner zoo near you.
e. Name one animal on the endangered species list. (Partial fulfillment.)
Read about the endangered animals that are being tracked by satellite.
6. Take care of your planet
e. Discuss with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses energy. (Partial fullfillment.)
Find out how heat energy moves from place to place; see how light energy drives nature.
9. What's cooking?
a. With an adult, bake cookies Bake star cookies
b. With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting. Make Asteroid Potatoes or El Niño Pudding
c. Prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch, and one part of your supper. (Partial fullfillment.)
Make Asteroid Potatoes
f. With an adult, make a dessert for your family. Make El Niño Pudding
10. Family fun
b. Have a family fun night at home. Get together and make a galactic mobile, a model Saturn, or a relief map jigsaw puzzle of the world.
Or make a Star Finder for this month and go outside and find the four constellations shown in red.
15. Games, games, games
c. Select a game your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how it is played, then play it with them. Play "Fall into a Black Hole," (maximum of 4 players) or have an Enose "Smell-a-thon."
17. Information, please . . .
d. Use a computer to get information. Write, spell-check, proofread, and print out a report on what you learned. Use a computer to visit The Space Place to find out more about outer space and science.
21. Build a model
d. Make a model of a mountain, a meadow, a canyon, or a river. Make a topographic map.
f. Make a model of a rocket, a boat, car, or plane. Make a balloon-powered nanorover.

1. Space
a. Identify two constellations and the North Star in the night sky. Make a Star Finder for this month. Use it to help you find the North Star (Polaris) and two of the four constellations outlined in red.
b. Make a pinhole planetarium and show three constellations. (Partial fulfillment.)
A Star Finder will show you where to make the pinholes for the constellation patterns to shine through.
c. Visit a planetarium. Visit a Space Place planetarium partner, if one is near you.
e. Read and talk about at least one man-made satellite and one natural one. Read about how orbits work, so you know how satellites stay up. Read about one of these man-made satellites: Galaxy Evolution Explorer, Landsat, Earth Observing 1, GOES (one kind of weather satellites), POES (another kind of weather satellites), or Hubble Space Telescope.
Read about Earth's natural Moon here. See size comparisons of many other moons in the solar system.
f. Find a picture of another planet in our solar system. Explain how it is different from Earth. Here you will find lots of cool, printable pictures of planets. For planet information, check out Planet X-treme Weather, or Saturn and her rings, or Dr. Marc's favorite planet, Jupiter.
2. Weather
e. Learn to identify three different clouds. Estimate their height. Play the CloudSat game.
7. Things that go
d. Make an invention of your own design that goes. Get some ideas from how to make your own nanorover.
9. Art
a. Do an original art project and show it at a pack meeting. Get some ideas from making the galactic mobile, galaxy montage, model Saturn, or topo map puzzle, or some of the beautiful nebulas in our classroom image gallery.

Webelos patch
Mental Skills Group: Artist
8. Make a mobile using your choice of materials.
Make a Galactic Mobile.
Outdoor Group: Naturalist
11. Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area.
(Partial fulfillment.)
Read about the Ecosphere®.
Technology Group: Scientist
8. Build and launch a model rocket. Describe Newton's Third Law of motion
(Partial fulfillment.)
Read about how a rocket works.
Technology Group: Scientist
11. Explain how you use your center of gravity to keep your balance
(Partial fulfillment.)
Find out what "center of gravity" means.
Technology Group: Scientist
12. Show three different ways eyes work together.
(Partial fulfillment.)
See why two eyes beat one.


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(Belt Loops & Pins)
Art (Academics Pin)
1. Visit an art museum, gallery, or exhibit Visit a Space Place partner near you.
5. Create a freestanding sculpture or mobile using wood, metal, soap, paper-mache, or found objects. Make a Galactic Mobile.
8. Make a collage using several different materials. Gather some images from The Space Place Gallery to help you with your collage (partial).
Astronomy (Belt Loop)
1. Demonstrate how to focus a simple telescope or binoculars. Cosmic Colors (background about telescopes), Star Finder (finding constellations)
2. Draw a diagram of our solar system—identify the planets and other objects. Solar System Switch-a-Roo (comparing sizes and appearances of planets and moons), How do scientists know the distance between the planets? (background)
3. Explain the following terms: planet, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way, black hole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon, asteroid, star map, and universe. Type any of these terms into the Space Place "Search" field.
Astronomy (Academics Pin)
2. Explain how to use a star map. Start by printing a Star Finder for this month, and read about constellations.
3. Draw and label five constellations. Locate them in the sky if you can. Start by printing a Star Finder for this month. Draw any of the constellations shown on the star map. Try to find the ones outlined in red.
4. Find the North Star, Explain its importance. The Star Finder for this month will help you find the North Star (Polaris). Read why the North Star is important.
5. Interview an astronomer Check out Space Place Live! where astronomers and other scientists and engineers talk about their careers. (background)
6. Learn about careers that relate to astronomy. Check out Space Place Live! where astronomers and other scientists and engineers talk about their careers.
7. Visit a planetarium or local astronomy club. See whether there is a Space Place partner's planetarium near you.
9. Learn about some of the early space missions. See images of the Mercury and Apollo program astronauts. (Partial fulfillment.)
12. Locate three major observatories on a map. Explain why these locations are good for astronomy. One of them is the Keck Observatory. (Partial fulfillment.)
Communicating (Academics Pin)
1. Write an original poem or story. Be a Cosmic Poet!
8. With an adult, use the Internet to search for information on a topic of interest to you. Space and science information—try typing a space or astronomy word into the Space Place search field and, if it's anywhere on The Space Place, you'll get a customized menu to start exploring.
10. Read the directions for a new game. Explain to a family member or friend how to play it. Read how to place the Spinoffs Memory Game or Migration Concentration, Wild Weather Adventure , Beat the Heat, Black Hole Rescue, Fall into a Black Hole , What's Older?, Vec-->Touring, or Blast Off for a Mars Adventure.
Computers (Academics Pin)
1. Use a computer to prepare a report on a subject of interest to you. Share it with your den. Use a computer to visit The Space Place to find out more about outer space and science.
9. Practice a new computer game for two weeks. Demonstrate an improvement in your scores. Practice the Slyder game, X2000 Space Maze, Spinoffs Memory Game or Migration Concentration, Mars Adventure Game, Wild Weather Adventure game, Beat the Heat, Black Hole Rescue, or Vec-->Touring.
Geography (Academics Pin)
1. Make a 3-dimensional model of an imaginary place. Include five different landforms, such as mountains, valley, lakes, deltas, rivers, buttes, plateaus, basins, and plains. Make a Relief Map Puzzle of your state. Make a topo map.
10. Play a geography-based board game or computer game. Tell about a place that was part of the game. Play Wild Weather Adventure, an "online board game" played on a map of the world.
Science (Academics Pin)
6. Build models of two atoms and two molecules, using plastic foam balls or other objects. Model Gummy Greenhouse Gases (partial fulfillment).
10. Make a model or poster of the solar system. Label the planets and the Sun. Visit The Space Place Gallery and get ideas on what to include in the poster or model.
Weather (Belt Loop)
1. Make a poster that shows and explains the water cycle. See Water Works on a Blue Planet.
Weather (Academics Pin)
1. Define the following terms: weather, humidity, precipitation, temperature, and wind. To help you define these terms, go to Become a Weather Wizard.
2. Explain how clouds are made. Describe the different types of clouds—stratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and cirrus—and what kind of weather can be associated with these cloud types. Learn Cloudspeak and learn how clouds are formed and about Earth's water cycle at The Space Place.
5. Define what is meant by acid rain. Explain the greenhouse effect. Check out "Life in a greenhouse? How ghastly!" (partial fulfillment).
7. Make a weather map of your state or county using several weather symbols. Learn all about weather map symbols and what they mean at Become a Weather Wizard!
8. Explain the differences between tornadoes and hurricanes. Find out how hurricanes form. (Partial fulfillment).
Wildlife conservation (Belt Loop)
3. Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den that includes a picture, how the species came to be endangered, and what is being done to save it. (Partial fulfillment.)
The introduction to the Migration Concentration game shows and tells you about several endangered species.
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