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Six Flags Great America Scout Day

posted Jun 20, 2017, 8:31 PM by BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Jul 12, 2017, 3:00 PM ]


Troop 41 is planning on going to Scout Day at Six Flags Great America on Saturday July 15, 2017.  A fun-filled visit to an amusement park also meets some of the STEM requirements of the NOVA Whoosh! Award to learn about simple machines.  Where else can you have fun and learn about physics and engineering while feeling the G-force of dangling in a shoulder harness propelled by angular momentum and pinned to your seat by centrifugal force?

https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/special-events/scout-day

While some Scouts are visiting Great America on Scout Day 7-15-17, you can also take your Scout to a carnival (like the Sugar Grove Corn Boil) or a neighborhood park that has a variety of playground equipment.  

Before your Scout goes to either Great America or the playground, please ask him to watch the following 3 videos.  The videos will help him to understand "Simple Machines" and "Forces of Energy".

"Simple Machines for Kids: Science and Engineering for Children - FreeSchool"

"Simple Machines with Bill Nye the Science Guy"

"Kids Learn the Physics Behind the Fun Carnival Rides"



WHOOSH WORKSHEET


WHOOSH REQUIREMENTS
4.  Choose A or B and complete ALL the requirements.
    1. Visit an amusement park. Then discuss the following with your counselor:
      1. The simple machines present in at least two of the rides
      2. The forces involved in the motion of any two rides
    2. Visit a playground. Then discuss the following with your counselor:
      1. The simple machines present in the playground equipment
      2. The forces involved in the motion of any two playground fixtures
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