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Scientist Badge

Scientist badge sheet
To gain this badge, Cub Scouts must complete six activities. Three of the activities must relate to the physical world and three to the living world. A list of activities is provided but we have slightly amended the requirements as we wanted to make the process more scientific (and some of the suggested experiments don't really allow for this).

All of the activities that we use are ones where the Cubs can make a hypothesis, carry out an experiments, record their results and draw conclusions from what they have observed. 

We have a booklet for the Cubs to complete as they carry out experiments over the course of two weeks (we print this in booklet format but A4 stapled sheets would work fine too):

We split the Cubs into three groups and they work round a series of bases. There are leader sheets for each base - we would recommend that at least two adults run each of the bases.

Living world: rainbow vegetables (week 1 and 2)
Looks at how plants drink water

Physical world: fizzy chalk (week 1)
Looks at the way in which increased surface area affects dissolving rate

Physical world: the acid test (week 1)
Looks at the pH level of different substances

Physical world: let there be light (week 1)
Cubs have a go at building their own torch

Living world: heart beat (week 2)
Looks at what happens to your heart when you do exercise

Physical world: just floating around (week 2)
Looks at which objects float and which sink in plain and salt water

Living world: great thumbless survival test (week 2)
Looks at the importance of thumbs to humans

Living world: which way round are you built? (week 2)
Looks at and extends on the concept of right/left handedness