Space Exploration Kit

The Space Exploration Kit is the product of a collaboration between Canada Science and Technology Museum and Scout Canada’s STEM program. The kit provides activity cards and materials for seven STEM projects that can be done over the course of a few weeks in Pack meetings, or during a weekend camp. The kit contains:

  • Activity cards: These cards include some background information and instructions on how to plan, do and review the activities. They also list the materials that are needed for each activity, and the approximate amount of time it takes to complete each part of the activity.
  • Activity materials and equipment: Most of the materials and equipment needed for completing the activities are in the kit. In some cases, materials will need to be provided; those items are specified on the activity cards.
  • Background Information and Scouter Manual: This document includes more detailed information about the STEM concepts behind each activity, supporting documents for each activity, and some alternative additional activities that complement the package.

Space Exploration Kit—Scouter Manual

Astronaut Training

Cub Scouts will circulate through a series of activity stations to discover various aspects of life in space.

Space Exploration Kit: Astronaut Training

Piloted and Unpiloted Space Exploration

Cubs will learn the pros and cons of human space exploration by studying a far-away object first with their eyes, then with mini telescopes (or binoculars) and finally by sending a human “probe.”

Space Exploration Kit: Piloted and Unpiloted Space Exploration

Rockets and Spacecraft

Cubs will understand the basic principles of rocketry by constructing and launching rockets made from pop bottles. They will also learn how pressure developed from chemical reactions can produce the thrust needed to power a rocket.

Space Exploration Kit: Rockets and Spacecraft

Robotic Hand

Cubs will build a robotic hand and learn more about Canada’s contributions to the International Space Station.

Space Exploration Kit: Robotic Arm

Inflatable Space Station

Cub Scouts will identify the various components of a space station, will gain an understanding of their separate functions and will build an inflatable space station that they can walk through.

Space Exploration Kit: Inflatable Space Station

Designer Space Station

Cub Scouts will explore the decision-making process required to build a space station like the International Space Station by participating in a team effort to design a model space station.

Space Exploration Kit: Designer Space Station

Mission Patch Design

Cubs will analyze and describe personal and team mission patches from Canadian space missions. Teams of Cubs will create mission patches to visually communicate their teams’ background and imaginary mission to the International Space Station.

Where to find the kit?

Toronto Scout Shop
10 Kodiak Cres., Unit 120
Toronto, ON M3J 3G6
Phone: 416-490-6313
Fax: 416-490-6911
Ottawa Scout Shop
1345 Baseline Rd
Ottawa, ON K2C 0A7
Phone: 613-224-0139
Fax: 613-224-3571

Vancouver Scout Shop
664 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G1
Phone: 604-879-5724
Toll Free: 1-866-879-5724
Fax: 604-879-5433
Edmonton Scout Shop
14205 – 109th Ave
Edmonton, AB T5N 1H5
Phone: 780-454-8561
Toll Free: 1-800-480-2054
Fax: 780-451-5333

St. John’s Scout Shop
55 Karwood Drive
Paradise, NL A1L 0L3
Phone: 709-722-0931
London Scout Shop
531 Windermere Road
London, ON N5X 2T1
Phone: 519-432-8202
Fax: 519-432-1677

Maritime Service Centre
84 Thorne Ave
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1Y5
Phone: 902-423-9227
Calgary Scout Shop
2140 Brownsea Drive N.W.
Calgary, AB T2N 3G9
Phone: 403-283-7060

Oshawa Scout Shop
1711 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 4Y1
Phone: 905-725-5722
Oakville Scout Shop
165 Randall Street
Oakville, ON L6J 1P5
Phone: 905-338-9135
Fax: 905-844-4962

Regina Scout Shop
1640 Albert Street, Unit 3
Regina, SK S4P 2S6
Phone: 306-525-1840
Fax: 306-525-1890
Windsor Scout Shop
3085 Marentette Ave.
Windsor, ON N8X 4G1
Phone: 519-966-0481
Fax: 519-966-0821

Scouters can contact their local Scout Shop to reserve the kit for the period of time they plan to use it. There is a charge associated with the kits. Scouters will pay a $30 rental fee and a $50 deposit (which will be returned to them upon the return of the kit). The deposit can be made in the form of a Group check.

You can borrow the kit for a full month; however, you are highly encouraged to return it as soon as your Group is finished with it. This way other Groups in your Area will have an opportunity to use it.

The kit is a 95 L storage box that weight less than 5 kg.