How can my scouts earn the STEM NOVA Engineering Award – SWING!? Here are some ideas to consider.
Before you start, you will need to have a registered Nova Counselor or several counselors. http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ncacbsa.org/resource/group/806ada3b-e827-4a42-9852-0c302e6b3c76/stem/nova_program_paperwork.pdf.
Nova Award requirements are found here: http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/CubScout.aspx. There are things that the scouts and their Nova Counselor or Counselors must do.
How many scouts have a Minecraft program, watch a television show, seen online videos of trains or machinery, or read a book or magazine? Remember those love Toy Trains Video Series. If not, video, applications, and books on many topics may be found at your local library.
A scout has to complete one belt loop from the following list: badminton, Baseball, BB-gun Shooting, Fishing, Golf, Hockey, Mathematics, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, or Ultimate (Golf or Frisbee). Did your scouts attend Day Camp? If not, belt loops can be earned quickly depending on the subject.
Levers Lab and Catapult Corner
If you live close to a place with levers, such as a playground or carpenter shop, great. If not, you may create or set up your own lever lab at the location where you meet. You want to consider splitting the pack into dens - some visit the Lever Lab, while other scouts visit the Catapult Corner to create and design their catapults and participate in a game. Several requirements are related to the concept and application of levers in the Cub Scout NOVA Swing Program.
Many of the items that you will need for the activities are found in your homes. The activities may be modified and performed at another function. These activities may be used to accomplish Requirements 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Ask an Akela to create large posters of each class of levers to illustrate their differences. There are many illustrations on “three classes of levers” on the web.
In the meantime, here are the classes and examples:
In a class-1 lever, the force you apply is on the opposite side of the fulcrum to the force you produce. A first class lever has the fulcrum in the middle. Examples are a see-saw, a pair of scissors, a balance scale and, a crowbar.
A class-2 lever is arranged a slightly different way, with the fulcrum at one end. The second class lever has the resistance in the middle. You apply force at the other end and the force you produce is in the middle. Foot (Raising toes up) were you looking for something creates a class 2 lever. Nutcrackers, garlic presses, bottle opener, staplers, and wheelbarrows are all examples of class-2 levers:
A class-3 lever is different again. Like a class-2 lever, it has the fulcrum at one end. But the two forces switch around. A third class lever has the force effort in the middle. Class-3 levers are unlike other machines in that they reduce the force you apply, giving you much greater control. Fishing pole, baseball bat, hockey stick, broom, tweezers, and salad or barbeque tongs and catapults are an example of class-3 levers.
Ask scout leaders and parents to bring scissors, hammer, tongs, screwdrivers, wrenches, a balance scale, a crowbar, nutcrackers, a garlic press, a can/bottle opener, a stapler, a wheelbarrow, a fishing pole, a baseball bat, a hockey stick, a broom, a tweezers, salad or barbeque tongs, pencils, pens, etc. Please label your items if necessary.
Give each den enough paper for the scouts to draw the items and identify the class of lever. Pencil and Pens are class-3 levers too: by pivoting them on our hands and holding them in the middle, we get much more control over the nib or ballpoint.
Ask scouts to identify the type of each lever in the room and have them draw or list the items by type (Class 1, 2, or 3).
To make a catapult, each scout will need the following items:
A wire clothes hanger
Four thick rubber bands (two No. 64 are need for the catapult, extras are used if one or more break).
One plastic spoon
12x12” aluminum foil sheet to tear and make small balls (pellets) from the crumpled round foil to toss from the catapult.
Small marshmallows (option)
Tape measurer, to determine the distances of the throws (4 feet)
Shoebox or large gift box, to catch the aluminum foil balls or pellets
Please be sure to have a tarp or large plastic sheet for the floor if you plan to use marshmallows.
Encourage each scout to perfect the standard design to perform better.
Always play safe.