Find a Pack STEM/Nova Award

Swing! (Cub Scout Pack (BSA))

This module is designed to help you explore how engineering and simple machines called levers affect your life each day.

  • 1 Choose A or B or C and complete ALL the requirements.
    • A Watch an episode or episodes (about one hour total) of a show about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
      • 1 Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you watched.
      • 2 Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    • B Read (about one hour total) about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
      • 1 Make a list of a least two questions or ideas from what you read.
      • 2 Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
    • C Do a combination of reading and watching (about one hour total) about anything related to motion or machines. Then do the following:
      • 1 Make a list of at least two questions or ideas from what you read and watched.
      • 2 Discuss two of the questions or ideas with your counselor.
  • 2 Complete ONE belt loop or pin from the following list. (Choose one that you have not already earned.) * Badminton * Baseball * BB-gun Shooting * Fishing * Golf * Hockey * Mathematics * Softball * Table Tennis * Tennis * Ultimate
  • 3 Levers
    • A Make a list or drawing of the three types of levers. (A lever is one kind of simple machine.)
    • B Be able to tell your counselor:
      • 1 The class of each lever
      • 2 How each lever works
    • C With your counselor, discuss:
      • 1 The type of lever that is involved with the motion for the belt loop or pin you chose for requirement 2
      • 2 What you learned about levers and motion from earning your belt loop or pin
      • 3 Why we use levers
  • 4 Do the following:
    • A Visit a place that uses levers, such as a playground, carpentry shop, construction site, restaurant kitchen, or any other location that uses levers.
    • B Discuss with your counselor the equipment or tools that use levers in the place you visited.
  • 5 Do EACH of the following:
    • A On your own, design, including a drawing, sketch, or model, ONE of the following:
      • 1 A playground fixture that uses a lever
      • 2 A game or sport that uses a lever
      • 3 An invention that uses a lever
    • B Discuss with your counselor how the lever in your design will move something.
  • 6 Discuss with your counselor how levers affect your everyday life.