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SPACE EXPLORATION MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Space Exploration Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Space Exploration Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

SPACE EXPLORATION MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Space Exploration Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Tell the purpose of space exploration and include the following:

a. Historical reasons

b. Immediate goals in terms of specific knowledge

c. Benefits related to Earth resources, technology, and new products

d. International relations and cooperation

Scouts should use the Space Exploration Merit Badge pamphlet or other sources to prepare their notes for discussion during the class for the specified objectives.  The counselor will facilitate class discussion to complete this requirement.  Only Scouts who are prepared and actively participate in the discussion will be signed off on this requirement.

 

2. Design a collector's card, with a picture on the front and information on the back, about your favorite space pioneer. Share your card and discuss four other space pioneers with your counselor

While some time will be allotted during the class for this requirement, Scouts are encouraged to work on this requirement ahead of time and bring their "collector card" with them to class to share with the class and be reviewed by the counselor.  The counselor will facilitate discussion with Scouts about these selected space pioneers as well as others as determined by the counselor.  Scouts not completing their "collector card" will not be signed off on this requirement during the class.

 

3. Build, launch, and recover a model rocket.* Make a second launch to accomplish a specific objective. (Rocket must be built to meet the safety code of the National Association of Rocketry. See the "Model Rocketry" chapter of the Space Exploration merit badge pamphlet.) Identify and explain the following rocket parts:

a. Body tube

b. Engine mount

c. Fins

d. Igniter

e. Launch lug

f. Nose cone

g. Payload

h. Recovery system

i. Rocket engine

Scouts may choose to procure their own rocket, however the class is structured to include a small rocket kit for assembly during the class.  The counselor will aid in helping to launch the rockets as a part of the class.  A majority of time in the class is dedicated to this requirement.  Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet and be ready and able to identify the rocket parts as described in the requirement.

It must be noted that the counselor will go over safety rules for the launching of rockets.  Scouts not adhering to the rules and guidelines set forth in the class will be asked to return to the classroom and will NOT be signed off on this requirement.  Safety is the first concern and Scouts need to understand that their attentiveness and behavior during this part of the merit badge class especially is to be of the highest regard; no exceptions. Remember the Scout Law.

 

4. Discuss and demonstrate each of the following:

a. The law of action-reaction

b. How rocket engines work

c. How satellites stay in orbit

d. How satellite pictures of Earth and pictures of other planets are made and transmitted

Scouts should utilize the Space Exploration Merit Badge pamphlet and/or other sources to review and prepare for discussion during the class to the counselor each aspect of this requirement.  It is highly recommended that Scouts utilize a notebook or Merit Badge Workbook to make notes and prepare for the class discussion.

 

5. Do TWO of the following:

a. Discuss with your counselor a robotic space exploration mission and a historic crewed mission. Tell about each mission's major discoveries, it's importance, and what was learned from it about the planets, moons, or regions of space explored

b. Using magazine photographs, news clippings, and electronic articles (such as from the Internet), make a scrapbook about a current planetary mission

c. Design a robotic mission to another planet or moon that will return samples of its surface to Earth. Name the planet or moon your spacecraft will visit. Show how your design will cope with the conditions of the planet's or moon's environment

This requirement will be difficult for Scouts to complete if they have not done some pre-class preparation work.  While unprepared Scouts will gain much information through the counselor and other Scouts that have prepared, it will be unlikely they can complete this requirement without any pre-work.

The counselor will cover all three components of this requirement and utilize the participants research and information to help facilitate discussion on each of these.  Scouts should choose two of the three components for this requirement and be prepared to share and discuss their work during the class.

 

6. Describe the purpose, operation, and components of ONE of the following:

a. Space shuttle or any other crewed orbital vehicle, whether government owned (US or foreign) or commercial

b. International Space Station

The counselor will help facilitate discussion for this requirement, however, at the discretion of the counselor, only Scouts who actively and knowledgably participate in the class discussion and activity will be signed off on this requirement.  Scouts can strengthen their opportunity for sign off by coming to the class prepared with having read the merit badge pamphlet or other sources and understanding and being prepared to participate (and obviously participating).

 

7. Design an inhabited base located within our solar system, such as Titan, asteroids, or other locations that humans might want to explore in person. Make drawings or a model of your base. In your design, consider and plan for the following:

a. Source of energy

b. How it will be constructed

c. Life-support system

d. Purpose and function

While some time will be allotted during the class for this requirement, Scouts are encouraged to work on this requirement ahead of time and bring their "collector card" with them to class to share with the class and be reviewed by the counselor.  The counselor will facilitate discussion with Scouts about these selected space pioneers as well as others as determined by the counselor.  Scouts not completing their "collector card" will not be signed off on this requirement during the class.

 

8. Discuss with your counselor two possible careers in space exploration that interest you. Find out the qualifications, education, and preparation required and discuss the major responsibilities of those positions

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015