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SciScouts

SciScouts is Scouts ACT’s STEM and Innovation program established in 2015 to offer exciting STEM opportunities for our youth members. The SciScouts program builds partnerships with local universities and other specialist providers to connect our youth members with passionate experts. Evidence has shown that hands-on activities are one of the most effective ways to get youth engaged and interested in STEM. The strength of Scouting is the hands-on practical programs that we deliver according to the “Learning by Doing” ethos of the Scouting organisation, within a “Plan>Do>Review” methodology. SciScouts is nurturing an already naturally inquisitive audience of young people; we just provide the opportunities to build excitement, influence career aspirations, and aim to foster pure and simple inspiration in science discovery and innovation.

By injecting broader STEM into existing programs we support Leaders to further enhance the experience of the youth members. This also strengthens the skills of our youth members and Leaders and provides them with confidence to lead similar activities. This is achieved by participation activities, events and workshops. We will also deliver resource materials to support Leaders in maintaining the momentum and interest that is generated.

We have delivered Astronomy, Chemistry, Environment, Engineering and Health & Fitness themed programs in collaboration with an amazing range of partners including Australian National University - Mount Stromlo Observatory, ANU School of Chemistry, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Engineers Australia; Engineers without Borders, Robogals and Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and financially supported by a range of Australian Government Inspiring Australia grants and a Heart Foundation Active Australia Innovation Challenge grant.

SciScouts 2020: Space

SciScouts is partnering with Fizzics Education, Mt Stromlo Observatory, ANU Young Stars, YMCA Space Squad to deliver an “outta of this world” program for each section and a finale event for everyone! Partly funded by an ACT Science Week Committee seed grant.

  • SciScouts: Space - Joey Scout Program - August
  • Youth Member ‘Train the Trainer’ Workshop - Sunday 9 August
  • SciScouts: Space - Cub, Scout & Venturer Program - August/September
  • Destination Moon & Beyond for everyone! - Saturday 15 August

 

Refund policy: As materials and programming based on final numbers need to be finalised in the lead-up to events, we are unable to provide refunds following the close of bookings (unless in exceptional circumstances).

 

For more information

Kate Lehane

Branch Commissioner – STEM & Innovation

M: 0413 482 123

E: stem@scoutsact.com.au

 

Destination Moon & Beyond: Saturday 15 August - For everyone!

What: SciScouts and Fizzics Education present Destination Moon & Beyond, an online National Science Week event, on 1-2pm Saturday 15 August. From trajectories & orbits to rocketry & materials science, we’ll explore current and future space programs, operations and missions, and learn about the technology needed to get astronauts safely into Space! Partly funded by an ACT Science Week Committee seed grant.

For everyone! Scouts, Girl Guides, ANU Young Stars, YMCA Space Squad alumni and anyone else who is interested in Space and astronomy!

This free Online Zoom event is targeted at ages 6-14 years. Max 450. A Zoom link and password will be sent out to registered participants. Badges (optional) $3 (plus standard 50c booking fee), must be purchased at registration. Note to Scout groups. Individuals can register, however if Leaders decide to register as a Unit, please let parents know, so they don’t double book.

➢     Register for Destination Moon & Beyond: www.trybooking.com/BKDOD

➢     Bookings must close Friday 7 August.

Youth Member “Train the Trainer” online Workshop - Sunday 9 August

Open to Cubs, Scouts and Venturers, the virtual training provided by Virtual education specialists - Fizzics Education on Sunday 9 August will teach youth members how to demonstrate a science experiment. The one hour online workshop has two available time slots - 2pm and 3pm, for up to 8 youth members in total.

After the workshop youth members will then have the opportunity to demonstrate their new demonstration skills during the Stars and Planets workshops for Cubs, Scouts and Venturers, 23-26 August.

If you are interested, please email stem@scoutsact.com.au by no later than Friday 31 July.

SciScouts: Space - Joey Scout Program

Joey Program Part 1: Mt Stromlo Astronomy Night - Saturday 1 August

Online Zoom event for Joey Scouts. 5.30-7.30pm AEST Saturday 1 August at the end of Week 2 of Term 3. 3 x 20 minute talks: Constellations, Our Amazing Universe; and Journey through our Solar System. Online star-gazing with Dr Brad Tucker from Mt Stromlo Observatory (he’s a Joey Dad too!).

➢     Register for the virtual Joey astronomy night: www.trybooking.com/BKDIC

➢     Bookings must close Friday 24 July

Max 450. $5/participant (plus 50c booking fee), includes SciScouts: Space event badge/postage. A Zoom link and password will be sent out to registered participants. NB: Individuals can register, however if Leaders decide to register as a Unit, please let parents know, so they don’t double book.

Joey Program Part 2: Earth, Sun & Moon online workshops - 3 or 6 August

Virtual education specialists Fizzics Education will deliver online interactive Earth, Sun and Moon workshops to your Joeys, at the hall or directly to their home. Online Zoom workshops for Joey Scouts  during Week 3 of Term 3.  Choose one of 2 repeat workshops, 6-7pm AEST on Monday 3 OR Thursday 6 August.

How does the Earth, Moon and Sun work in the Solar System? How does Earth’s tilt affect the seasons? What can craters tell us about the Moon’s formation? How do sundials tell the time? What is the difference between a star, planet & moon anyway?

➢     Register for one of the Joey Earth, Sun & Moon workshops: www.trybooking.com/BKDMB

➢     Bookings must close Friday 24 July

Max 60/workshop. $5/participant (plus 50c booking fee), includes SciScouts: Space event badge/postage. A Zoom link and password will be emailed to registered participants. Note to Scout Groups: Individuals can register, however if Leaders decide to register as a Unit, please let parents know, so they don’t double book.

SciScouts: Space - Cub, Scout & Venturer Program

Part 1: Stars & Planets online workshops - 24-26 August

Virtual education specialists Fizzics Education will deliver an interactive Stars & Planets online workshop for Cubs, Scouts and Venturers. Online Zoom workshops offered on 3 nights during week 6 of Term 3. Choose one of 4 repeat sessions: Monday 24 (6.30pm), Tuesday 25 (2 sessions: 6.30 or 7.45pm) OR Wednesday 26 (6.30pm) August.

Investigate our Universe and space exploration techniques in this hands-on science workshop! How does the Earth, Moon and Sun work in the Solar System? How are the tides formed? What did the Big Bang really look like? How do we observe distant galaxies and what does that tell about our Universe? What technological developments were necessary to allow astronauts to work and survive outside of Earth’s atmosphere and much more!

➢     Register for one of the Stars & Planets online workshops: www.trybooking.com/BKDIE

➢     Bookings must close Friday 14 August

Max 60/workshop. $5/participant (plus 50c booking fee), includes SciScouts: Space event badge/postage. A Zoom link and password will be emailed to registered participants. Note to Scout Groups: Individuals can register, however if Leaders decide to register as a Unit, please let parents know, so they don’t double book.

Part 2: Online Astronomy Night/s with Mt Stromlo Observatory - 18 or 19 September

Cub Scouts: 7:00-9:00pm AEST Friday 18 September (end of week 9 of Term 3). Max 450. $5/participant (plus 50c booking fee), includes SciScouts: Space event badge. 3 x 20 minute talks: Indigenous Astronomy, Supernova and things that go bang; and Are we alone? Online star-gazing with Dr Brad Tucker from Mt Stromlo Observatory.

Scouts and Venturers: 7:00-9:00pm AEST Saturday 19 September (end of week 9 of Term 3). Max 450. $5/participant (plus 50c booking fee), includes SciScouts: Space event badge. 3 x 20 minute talks: Indigenous Astronomy, Beyond our Solar System, and Rockets 101. Online star-gazing with Dr Brad Tucker from Mt Stromlo Observatory.

➢     Register for the Mt Stromlo Astronomy Night/s: www.trybooking.com/BKDJZ

➢     Bookings must close Friday 11 September

Max 450 per night. $5/participant (plus 50c booking fee), includes SciScouts: Space event badge/postage. A Zoom link and password will be emailed to registered participants. Note to Scout Groups: Individuals can register, however if Leaders decide to register as a Unit, please let parents know, so they don’t double book.


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