First up, in alphabetical order (unless you are the Girl Guide book, in that case you should start with Art Production, because A-R comes before A-E in the Girl Guide world....).
Purpose: To encourage your interest in aerospace
As with most badges this one has 8 suggestions and you just need to do 6 of the 8 to complete.
Here are my 6:
1. Name and describe four different types of aircraft now in use. Be sure to include one in your area, and find out some things that make one type of aircraft different from another.
I did this one with the kid using a book from the library to help us start brainstorming different aircraft in the area. We live in kind of a unique area of the country - close to an airport (passenger planes, cargo planes, helicopters), but also to a major lake (waterplanes) and in a forest fire prone area (water bombers).
2. On an aircraft, picture, or model of an aircraft identify the following: fuselage, rudder, nacelle, wings, cockpit, elevator, undercarriage, and aileron.
Although it would be AWESOME to have an actual aircraft to point these things out on, I don't have one so just found this great diagram online instead. A link to the un-lablelled one can be found here: enchanted learning. This diagram has additional parts of the plane to identify, we just did the ones listed and it was interesting to learn the names and functions of different parts of the plane.
3. Find out what separation of aircraft means, what a windsock is, what runway numbers mean, and why airplanes land into the wind.
Had to google all of the items (except for a windsock). Most interesting one - what runway numbers mean. Seriously, google it - it's worth learning!
5. Create and fly five different types of paper airplanes. Have races with awards for longest flight, best stunt and most accurate flight. We made a couple, classic, old school planes and then broke out the Star Wars paper airplane book because Star Wars!
The Millennium Falcon was the best flier. Our traditional folded paper airplanes were terrible fliers.
7. Make and fly a kite.
I used the Asian Arts book as a basic plan for the kite, but kept it simple and went with the classic diamond shape traditional kite. Finding materials was interesting. Michael's had the balsam wood pieces for the supports and that was quick to find. More challenging was deciding what to use to make the sail of the kite. I decided on metallic "tissue" paper (found in the party section at Michael's). They also had a thicker paper/fabric tissue paper which might be fun to use if making kites in a group. That type of paper would allow the girls to decorate their kites.
We haven't had a chance to try the kite (I'm actually doubtful that it will fly) so I also stopped at the local dollar store** and bought a kite.
My shiny blue kite! Crossing my fingers it doesn't fall apart mid-air!
8. Hold a kite-flying workshop or festival.
This is my cheat one - my workshop/festival involved me and the kid.
**As a bonus I also picked up two glider kits - one is a standard plane and the other is a butterfly. The butterfly was kind of fun to put together (although it did come broken, because you know, Dollar Store). There were also other types of bugs to put together so I might have to stop that information when I hit the Plants and Animals section the Guide Book.
Resources that I used to complete this badge:
- Asian Arts & Craft for Creative People: Asian Kites by Wayne Hosking
- DK books eyewonder Airplanes
- Star Wars Folded Flyers (30 Paper Starfighters)
- Dollar Store and craft stores
ShiftMama Evaluation of the Badge:
1. Did I Learn Anything
Yes, I actually learned a lot, particularly the parts of aircraft, terms used in the industry, and some general information/trivia to wow my friends and family with!
2. Would I Do This Badge With A Group
I'm not sure that I would do this badge with a Unit unless there was an organization that could do some of the terms and parts section in a fun and informative way. When we lived outside of Calgary we had the opportunity to take my Guide unit to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where the women in aviation out on an amazing program. Without that type of program, girls who aren't really into aircraft might not enjoy doing this badge.
3. Other Notes
This badge would be great to suggest to Guides that are doing some air travel during their time in Guides.
I was surprised that there wasn't a challenge or two about Canada's role in space aviation, or the challenge to learn about women in aviation. Perhaps when the program gets revamped these topics might get included.
Next Up - Art Production!