Space Derby Badge

(Discover Science and Technology)

By Emma McKenney , Dolphin, Troop 353


Preschool: Do 3 requirements, including the 2 starred *.

____ 1*.  Know what a Space Derby is.

____ 2*.  Learn the safety rules for attending  a Space Derby and watch one in person.

Level 1 : Do 4 requirements, including the 2 starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Preschool requirements 1 & 2.

____ 2*.  Discuss rules and regulations for the race.  Talk about sportsmanship and why it is important during a race. With a parent, guardian or troop leader, role-play examples of good vs. bad sportsmanship.

Level 2: Do 5 requirements, including the 2 starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2

Level 3: Do 6 requirements, including the 2 starred *.

____ 1*.  Do DLevel 2 requirements 1 & 2

____ 2*.  Discuss the ethics involved in purchasing a ready made rocket or having an adult build yours for you.  Why would this be considered cheating?  What is the point of the race?  What is it trying to teach youth?

Level 4: Do 7 requirements, including the 2 starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Level 3 requirements 1 &2

____ 2*.  Be able to identify all parts of the model rocket including hull, metal keel, mast, sail, etc.

Level 5: Do 9 requirements, including the 2 starred*.

____ 1*.  Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2

____ 2*.  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

Optional Requirements:

____ 3.  Visit a craft/hobby shop that sells supplies for space derby rockets.  Look through the selections of paints, decals, tools, weights, and accessories.  Set a reasonable budget for a rocket and plan a list of supplies that will fill your needs and still stay in budget.

____ 4.  Draw a sketch of how you want to decorate your rocket and follow accordingly.

____ 5.  Make a small booklet containing drawings of at least 8 different rocket designs and show it to your family or troop.  Which do you think are the best for racing?  Why?

____ 6.  Talk to others at the race about their rockets and ask them why they chose their particular design, how they created the rocket, if they have ever raced before, and if so, if they ever won anything, etc.

____ 7.  Make a scrapbook page or collage of photos taken at the race.  Be sure to include photos of the rockets, the track and the awards ceremony.

____ 8.  For dolphin on up identify parts of the model rocket including hull, metal keel, mast, sail, etc.

____ 9.  Research space ships/rockets in the US and present to your family or club.  Include date of first space ship launch and name.  For Dolphins and above: what shuttle exploded during liftoff, when was this, and what was the career of the specially chosen astronaut?

____ 10.  Discuss why your rocket needs to be balanced and symmetrical.

____11.  Assist the leader in setting up equipment, checking rockets in, and/or passing out awards.

____ 12.  Help a younger child with their rocket.

_____ 13.  Help build a Space Derby race course.

_____ 14.  Research a career in rocketry.  What education would you need?  What salary could you expect?  Where might you need to live?