A group of graduates have designed the “Science and Engineering Careers Challenge" for Scouts and Girl Guides, inspired by their own job roles at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) RAL Space facility in Oxfordshire. The challenge will help young people find out about the kinds of jobs you can do in science and engineering and get excited about where studying STEM subjects could lead them.
What is the challenge?
The challenge is to complete six activities – each one involves tasks and skills that are also used in a particular job role. The challenge pack includes resources, lists of any materials required and instructions for all the activities, which can be done at home with adult supervision or in the usual huts/halls/spaces as part of regular unit meetings. The pack has background information as well about the careers and opportunities for young people. By taking part in this challenge, young people can start to develop some of the skills they would need for a future career in science or engineering – including creativity and using imagination - and learn that anyone can be a scientist or engineer.
Who is it for?
All age groups in Girlguiding and Scouts can complete the challenge. There is a handy table at the start of the challenge pack that lists which activities are suitable for each age group, and other related activity badges.
What activities are included?
The challenge pack is split into 6 sections that correspond to different careers. To complete the challenge, we recommend that groups complete one activity from each section:
- Section 1: Electronic Engineer
- Section 2: Mechanical Engineer
- Section 3: Data Scientist
- Section 4: Software Engineer
- Section 5: Physicist
- Section 6: Science Communication
The choice of activities ranges from games to crafts. Some examples include experimenting with electronic playdough, making an edible rover, building a rain gauge, coding obstacle courses, exploring beyond the solar system and lots more! The recommended age groups are for guidance and leaders are encouraged to choose activities they think their groups will be comfortable with.
Click to view and download the Challenge Pack.
How much does the badge cost?
The badges are free, provided that leaders give feedback to the STFC graduate team so that we can continue to improve the activities.
How do I order the badges?
Once groups have finished the challenge, they must complete the badge order form which also contains the feedback form.
If you have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org