Mad Science aims to spark the imagination and curiosity of children by providing fun, entertaining and educational activities that instill a clear understanding of what science really is and how it affects the world around us. Mad Science programs encourage informal learning through hands-on experiences. They are fun explorations into science and technology, and include a lot of fascinating equipment, supplies and take-home materials.
While you can choose from any Mad Science Workshop to help complement any program your scouts are currently working on, the below selection of workshops specifically meet criteria to either earn your scouts one of their achievements along the Bear Trail or help cover some of the electives towards earning arrows along the Arrow Point Trail.
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Arrow Point Trail, Make it Yourself – Rocket Science - This is your chance to be a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight with the help of a Unique Flying Object. Explore the science involved in the rocket construction as you build your own “Mad Science Skyblazer II Rocket” that you can take home. NOTE: There is an additional $2.50 dollar material fee per child for this workshop.
Bear Trail, Build a Model - Rocket Science - This is your chance to be a rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight with the help of a Unique Flying Object. Explore the science involved in the rocket construction as you build your own “Mad Science Skyblazer II Rocket” that you can take home.NOTE: There is an additional $2.50 dollar material fee per child for this workshop.
Arrow Point Trail, Space – Living In Space - Experience the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight! Use teamwork to complete an important space mission, build a model space station and bring home a “Mad Science Cosmic Chronometer” to measure the time here on Earth!
Arrow Point Trail, Space – Planets and Moons - Explore the depth of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Learn how the planets stack up. Build and take home the “Mad Science Kepler’s Cube”, a fun and educational 3-D solar system puzzle!
Arrow Point Trail, Weather – Walloping Weather - Welcome to the wild world of weather! Investigate why it rains, what causes lightning, and how weather can be predicted. Step into the shoes of a meteorologist, and create your own regional weather forecast. Learn about the Sun’s energy and ultraviolet radiation with the “Mad Science Sun Beads” you will take home.
Arrow Point Trail, Electricity – “Current” Events - Take a tour on the electron freeway! Conductors, insulators, and other elements in the world of circuit electricity introduce themselves to you via the tingle in your fingertips and the twinkle in your eye. You’ll leave the workshop with a “Mad Science Circuit Maze”.
Technology Activity Badge – Scientist – Learn about all the ways science affects the world around us. Join Bernoulli and Newton as we take an exciting look at the science behind aerodynamics and the properties of air... under pressure. Experience other awesome forces including gravity, intertia and centripetal force! Trick your brain with some cool optical illusions. Grow and go home with your very own “Mad Science Crystal Garden”.
Outdoor Activity Badge – Geologist - Recreate the process of rock formation and learn to identify and classify rocks and minerals. Observe as we make model volcanoes come to life. Learn about the many materials found around your home that came naturally from the earth. Experience the thrill of panning for gems. The gems you find, you can take home for further study and identification.