Tin Men Micro Quest - Media - 50

Quest Scouts inspires your to squeeze the most out of life while collecting real-life, physical badges. 

Objective:

Predict the winner of the Robot Wars battle, then "design" a battling bot of your own.

Details:

Robot Wars in a BBC show about, you guessed it... WARRING ROBOTS!!! Robotics teams design and then battle their bots to the death.

1) Watch the video below for exactly 33 seconds, then hit pause. 

2) Guess which robot will win the battle.

3) Resume watching the video to the end.

4) In the comments below, tell us a) Which robot you predicted would win and b) Which features you would install on your robot if you were to compete on Robot Wars.

Tin Men Micro Quest - Art - 50

 

Quest Scouts inspires your to squeeze the most out of life while collecting real-life, physical badges. 

Objective:

Create "Index Card Art" inspired by the provided prompt.

Details:

This micro quest is part of our ongoing series, "index card art." We chose index cards for two reasons. First, index cards are inexpensive cheap and readily available. We don't expect that it will be difficult for any of you to procure an index card. Second, many who don't consider themselves "artists" tend to stress about creating or sharing art. Using an index card instead of a sketch book lends itself to silliness. Have fun with the prompt! We're not looking for perfection, just a good time. You can save your index cards and look back at them over time, or throw them away. The choice is up to you!

1) Gather your supplies. You'll need an index card (4x6 or 5x7) and something to draw with. (Pencil, pen, markers... you get the point!)

2) Interpret the prompt below to make your index card art.

Robots + X-Ray = ?

 

3) Share a photo of your index card art on Instagram,Twitter or our Facebook Group with the tags #QuestScouts and #NotecardArt. 

Remember, if you post to a public Instagram or Twitter account your photo will show up on our Scout Board for other Quest Scouts to view and interact with.

 

Tin Men - Media - 150

Objective:

Watch and review the robot themed movie of your choice. 

Details:

1) Watch one of the listed robot themed movies.

2) Let us know which you watched and what you thought of it in the comments below.

 

D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

Available through Amazon Video and Netflix DVD.

The Stepford Wives (2004)

Available through Amazon Video and Netflix DVD.

The Iron Giant (1999)

Available through Amazon Video and Netflix.

I, Robot (2004)

Available through Amazon Video and Netflix DVD.

Tin Men - Literature - 300

"Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Objective:

Write a short science fiction piece that includes a robot element.

Details:

1) Write a short science fiction piece that:

       a) includes a robot element and

       b) is at least 2,000 words.

2) Share a public link to your piece in the comments below. Don't skip this step! Work on your short story until it is something you're proud enough to share. You can post your story on a blog, use a google document, or come up with another means to host your story.

Tin Men - Travel - 300

Objective:

Check out a robot and learn about its technology and utility.

Details:

1) Identify a location where you can view a working robot. 

If you're not sure where to start, consider factories, robotics contests, museums. 

Note: This robot should not be something that is easily commercially available. (We don't want to see a single Roomba! Although those are pretty amazing...) It would be really easy to complete this objective in a perfunctory manner. Don't cheat yourself out of what could be an amazing experience by taking the easy way out! 

2) Contact and set up a tour (informal or not) during which you can observe the robot.

3) Visit and watch the robot. While there, or through research afterward, learn as much as you can about the robot and how it works.

Who developed the robot? How does the robot work? What is it used for? What are the robots strengths and weaknesses? 

4) Take a photo to document your visit and post the photo to Twitter or Instagram with the tags #QuestScouts and #Robot.

5) In the comments below, tell us about a) your experience visiting the robot and b) what you learned.

 

Tin Men - Visit - 300

Objective:

Take field notes about an automoton in action.

Details:

1) Know what we're looking for in this quest through by carefully reading this section.

Mirriam-Webster describes an automaton as:

  1. a mechanism that is relatively self-operating; especially :  robot

  2. a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions.

Think of an automaton as an old-school robot. Usually existing for the purpose of entertainment, they move in pre-programed directions in an attempt to mimic lifelike acts. While automatons are traditionally non-electric, animatronics are also acceptable for this quest. 

The key here is that we're looking for something that a) takes on living characteristics, b) moves in pre-programmed (non-spontaneous) tracks and c) exists primarily for entertainment.

2) Identify a location where you can visit and view an automaton. 

If you're not sure where to start, consider places of entertainment. Amusement parks, Chuck E Cheese, natural history museums, and so on.

3) Visit and watch the automaton in action. While there, take notes on the automaton's behaviors so that you can throughly complete step five.

4) Take a photo to document your visit and post the photo to Twitter or Instagram with the tags #QuestScouts and #Automaton or #Animatronic.

5) In the comments below, answer the following questions:

       1- Did you observe an automaton or animatronic? How can you tell?

       1- What did the automaton/animatronic look like?

       2- What movements could the automaton/animatronic make?

       4- How frequently were the movements repeated?

       5- Was there a crowd around? If so, what was their reaction to the automaton/animatronic?

Tin Men - Art - 200

Objective:

Press a design into a sheet of tin.

Details:

1) Gather your supplies.

You'll need:

       A) A sheet of metal 

       B) Tools for manipulating the tin, such as a stylus or punch.

Note: Your metal sheet does not have to be tin. In fact, aluminum sheets are probably an better choice. A tin can will also work, but is rather dangerous. It's probably worth it to buy the sheets! 

2) Emboss, punch or etch into your sheet to create a fun print. 

This is a higher point objective, so don't rush it! Put some time in effort into making something you're proud to share.

If you need some inspiration, check out these awesome projects!

-A detailed tutorial for metal embossing

-Embossed Tree from Marta Harvey

-Beautiful punched tin designs from Martha Stewart

-Embossed tin trinket box (Scroll down)

3) Photograph your complete piece and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #QuestScouts and #MetalArt.

Remember, if you post to a public Instagram or Twitter account your photo will show up on our Scout Board for other Quest Scouts to enjoy and comment on.

Tin Men - DIY - 300

Objective:

Cook a tin foil meal over an open fire. 

Details:

1) Choose what you're going to cook. You can use a recipe or wing it. If you need inspiration, Pinterest is a good place to start.

Requirements:

-At least one course of your meal should be a "tin foil meal." This means that you assemble your ingredients in a tin foil pouch, and cook it over an open fire. (You are not required to serve multiple courses, but it could be fun.)

-Your meal must be cooked over an open fire, not in an over.

2) Gather the necessary ingredients and tools needed to make your meal a success.

3) Cook your meal over an open fire. (Should we repeat "open fire" again? ...open fire.) 

4) Eat up!

5) Tell us about your experience in the comments below. Where did you cook your meal? What recipe(s), if any, did you use? How did it taste? What' if anything, would you do differently next time? Did you have a good time?

6) Take a picture of your finished meal and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #QuestScouts and #TinfoilMeal.

Remember, if you post to a public Instagram or Twitter account your photo will show up on our Scout Board for other Quest Scouts to enjoy and comment on.

Tin Men - Find - 300

Objective:

Hide a minty fresh geocache or letterbox.

Details:

If you are a letterboxer, or new to geocaching, you may not be familiar with the "mint tin" hide. Once popular among geocachers, mint tin hides have lessened in popularity. However, they still make a great hide container when done correctly!

1) Obtain your mint tin. 

2) Clear your tin of any mint residue. 

3) (Optional) Paint and or attach magnets to your tin. 

4) Fill your tin with a small logbook, and anything else that may enhance the finder's experience. 

5) Stash you hide!*

6) Take a photo to document your adventure and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts and #Geocaching or #Letterboxing. 

7) Tell us about your experience in the comments below. Leave a link to the listing of your hide so that we can search for it when in the area!

*A "find/hide" can be either a geocache or letterbox. Not familiar with either? Watch this video by Groundspeak, the #1 lister of geocaches or read about letterboxing from Atlas Quest. However, if you've never geocached or letterboxed, we highly suggest you start with a different find objective. It's best to make 100+ finds before you hide.

Tin Men - Games - 200

Objective:

Enter the Design A Robot Contest with Tin Specter Games.

Details:

1) We've partnered withTin Specter Games, an indie tabletop gaming company in Portland Oregon, to bring you this quest. Head to the Tin Specter Game website and read the description of their first game, Robot Deputies in Outer Space, which is currently in development. 

2) Click on the "Design A Robot" button to download the necessary PDF to enter the contest.

3) Following the directions provided on the PDF, imagine and draw a robot for the contest. Remember to give your bot a name!

4) (Optional) Enter the contest by mailing your design to the address listed on the pdf. (Hm... That address seems VERY familiar...)

5) Take a picture of your robot and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #QuestScouts and #TinSpecter.

Remember, if you post to a public Instagram or Twitter account your photo will show up on our Scout Board for other Quest Scouts to enjoy and comment on.

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Tin Men - Research - 150

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Objective:

Dig deep and find out what aspects of your job could be done by robots or computers.

Details:

1) Dissect your job. Take some time to write out not only your job title, but what you do on a day to day basis. List as many aspects, big or small, that go into your job.

Notes: a) Being a stay at home parent is, most definitely, a big job. Don't let anybody tell you it isn't. b) Retired or unemployed? Choose a former job to research.

2) Spend some time researching how computer or robots have been developed, or are currently being developed, to complete aspects of your job. 

4) In the comments below, answer the following questions:

-What job did you research?

-What aspects of that job could feasibly be done by computers or robots? 

-In your opinion, what aspects of the job might the computer or robot do a better job than a human with? Conversely, what aspects are better done with a human touch?

-Are you freaked out by the idea of being replaced by a machine? 

I Love This Podcast

Note: If you are new to podcasts, feel free to skip #1 and 2.

1- Fill in the blanks with three different podcasts:

  • The newest (to me) podcast I've listened to is... I'd give it a .../5 stars.
  • If I could only ever listen to one podcast for the rest of time, it would be...
  • I think every Quest Scout should check out ... because ...
  • An awesome podcast you might not have heard of is ...

2- Post your answers in the comment section below.

3- Choose a podcast you've never listened to from the comment section and listen to at least 10 minutes of it.

Animalia - Media - 150

Objective:

1) Watch one of the animal themed documentaries/movies listed below.

2) Let us know which you watched and what you thought of it in the comments below.

War Horse

Available through Amazon Video and Netflix DVD.

Animalia - Literature - 300

"Heinrich points out many subtle signs of wildlife activity that would go unnoticed by the untrained eye. In a thicket of tree branches, he stops at what appears to be a mass of cobwebs. Inside are tent caterpillar larvae, waiting out the winter."

-Weekend Edition, NPR

Check out an audio interview with Heinrich here.

Objective:

1) Read Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich. 

Check out the book from you local library, buy it at your local bookstore or get it on Amazon.

Prefer listening over reading? Grab the book on Audible!

2) Write a book review and post it in the comments below. Include 3 things you learned from Heinrich's work. 

Animalia - Visit - 300

Objective:

1) Research animal shelters in your area. Do your research, including whether or not the shelter is "no kill," what conditions the animals are kept in, what types of animals are housed there, and whether the shelter welcomes tours. While there is a reason to visit both "good" and "bad" shelters, make sure you are going into your experience well informed about what you're walking into.

2) Visit the animal shelter you chose. Take a look at the animals they have, and ask any questions you might have about pet adoption. You could also choose to volunteer for a day to fulfill this requirement. 

3) Take a photo to document your experience. Post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. You can also share your experiences in our Facebook group.

Remember, if you post to a public Instagram or Twitter account your photo will show up on our Scout Board for other Quest Scouts to enjoy and comment on.

5) Tell us about your experience in the comments below. What shelter did you visit? What was your experience there like? What did you see there? Did you learn anything? The more detail the better!