DASEF Science Programs for Boy Scout Merit Badge Achievement
Programs are 2 hours in length and designed to aid scouts with meeting the requirements forthe science merit badges listed below. Some independent research and observations by scouts will be necessary to meet all requirements. Fees for scouts are listed with the program descriptions. Leaders and chaperones are free of charge unless they are also building a model rocket or other purchased kit. In that event they will be charged the price of the kit and materials.
Overnight programs, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending by 10:00 a.m. the following morning, can be scheduled at our Environmental Outpost in Smyrna. These have a fee of $40/person with a minimum fee of $400. There will be an extra fee per scout if model kits such as Estes rockets or telescopes are purchased for scouts to build. Leaders and chaperones are free of charge unless they are also building a model kit.
Astronomy Merit Badge: (2 hour visit) Fee $6 - minimum 20/maximum 30
Through a power point presentation, scouts will learn about: how telescopes and binoculars work to enable us to observe objects in the night sky; the different types of astronomical telescopes; the instruments used by NASA scientists to analyze telescope data; and the sun and the moon and how they interact with Earth to cause lunar phases and eclipses.
In the StarLab planetarium, scouts will learn about: constellations and individual stars and how to locate and identify them in the night sky; and the seas and craters on the lunar surface.
In the Observatory, scouts will view the moon, some planets, and other objects, as available depending on position and time of year.
Space Exploration Merit Badge (2 visits or in one 4 hour visit on a Saturday): Fee $21 for four hour visit (includes cost of rocket and engine)
First Visit: 2 hours
Through a Power Point slide presentation, scouts will learn about: the history of US space exploration and the new technologies it has produced; the International Space Station; NASA’s plans for a return mission to the moon and a manned mission to Mars; and the requirements for a manned outpost on another planet. Via a short movie, scouts will learn about how a launch and flight to the moon are accomplished. Scouts will design and build a model of a manned outpost on another planet.
Second Visit: 2 hours
Scouts will assemble and make 2 launches of an Estes model rocket, learning about its parts, their functions, and how physical laws apply to their operation.
Schedule a visit
To schedule a visit for your scouts, contact Lynne Bloom, DASEF Scheduling Coordinator, by leaving a message at (302) 659-5003 or (302) 834-1978 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.