Chesapeake District 2019 Space Exploration Day

Chesapeake District 2019 Space Exploration Day
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Martin State Airport 701 Wilson Point Rd # 5-501
Middle River, MD 21220, US
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Baltimore Area Council
Chesapeake District

7th Annual Scouts BSA Aviation STEM Day’s

2019 Chesapeake District Aviation Day Patch

Space Exploration Day


Glenn L. Martin Museum

Martin State Airport
 701 Wilson Point Rd # 5-501
Baltimore, MD  21220


February 9, 2019

Registration from 9:00- 10:00 am

Program 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Lunch is NOT Provided


Space Exploration Merit Badge (40 Max)

$20 Per Scout, $10 Per Adult

*Pre-Req’s and rocket launches must be completed in advance for credit


Merit Badge Prerequisites

     The following pages contain the prerequisites for the Aviation Days to be held at the Glenn L. Martin Museum in 2019. Scouts can only take one Merit Badge per event.  The prerequisites for each Merit Badge are in Bold and are highlighted in yellow  (Take careful note if the requirements state “Do ONE of the following” or  “do TWO of the following”) . The Merit Badges offered for the “Aviation Day” will be modified based on Scout pre-registration and Counselor availability.  As Merit Badge Counselors are assigned, they will update the prerequisites based on resources and their planned course of instruction. All completed Pre-Req’s can be also emailed before the event.

Space Exploration Merit Badge Day 2019 prereqs

Space Exploration (Martin Museum) 2/8/2019


  1. Tell the purpose of space exploration and include the following:
    1. Historical Reasons
    2. Immediate goals in terms of specific knowledge
    3. Benefits related to Earth resources, technology, and new products
  1. Design a collector's card, with a picture on the front and information on the back, about your favorite space pioneer. Share your card and discuss four other space pioneers with your counselor.
    1. Build, launch, and recover a model rocket.* Make a second launch to accomplish a specific objective. (Rocket must be built to meet the safety code of the National Association of Rocketry. See the "Model Rocketry" chapter of the Space Exploration merit badge pamphelt.)   Identify and explain the following rocket parts. 
    2. Body tube
    3. Engine mount
    4. Fins
    5. Igniter
    6. Launch lug
    7. Nose cone
    8. Payload
    9. Recovery system
    10. Rocket engine
  2. Discuss and demonstrate each of the following:
    1. The law of action-reaction
    2. How rocket engines work
    3. How satellites stay in orbit
    4. How satellite pictures of Earth and pictures of other planets are made and transmitted
  3. Do TWO of the following:
    1. Discuss with your counselor an unmanned space exploration mission and an early manned mission. Tell about each mission's major discoveries, its importance, and what we learned from it about the planets, moons, or regions of space explored. (Research before STEM event.)
    2. Using magazine photographs, news clippings, and electronic articles (such as from the Internet), make a scrapbook about a current planetary mission.
    3. Design an unmanned mission to another planet or moon that will return samples of its surface to Earth. Name the planet or moon your spacecraft will visit. Show how your design will cope with the conditions of the planet's or moon's environment.
  4. Describe the purpose, operation, and components of ONE of the following:
    1. Space shuttle
    2. International Space Station
  5. Design an inhabited base located on the Moon or Mars. Make drawings or a model of your base. In your design, consider and plan for the following:
    1. Source of energy
    2. How it will be constructed
    3. Life-support system
    4. Purpose and function
  6. Discuss with your counselor two possible careers in space exploration that interest you. Find out the qualifications, education, and preparation required and discuss the major responsibilities of those positions.

* If local laws prohibit launching model rockets, do the following activity: Make a model of a NASA rocket. Explain the functions of the parts. Give the history of the rocket.

Questions or finalized Pre-rec’s on the list can be addressed initially to:


$10.00 per Adult
$20.00 per Scouts



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