Stellar Micro Objective - Art - 50

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

Objective:

Make yourself a handful of mini origami stars.

Details:

1) Choose a tutorial for mini origami stars. (Sometimes called Lucky Paper Stars.) You’re looking specifically for very small, puffy stars made out of one long thin strip of paper. We used this tutorial at Quest Scouts Central and it worked well, but we know different styles of instruction work best for different types of learners. This one looks promising as well.

2) Gather your supplies! All you need are long thin strips of paper. If you order a Stellar badge, we’ll send you a few double sided strips with your order! Otherwise, it’s not too hard to cut your own strips.

3) Make your stars. We suggest you make five or more, but don’t stress about it if you make less. (This is supposed to be relaxing!) 

4) Take a photo of your star(s) and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your art in our Facebook group.

Stellar Micro Objective - Photography - 50

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

Objective:

Identify and share an image from the NASA Space Library.

Details:

1) Head over to the NASA Space Library.

2) Under the search bar, there are pre-checked boxes for Images, Video and Audio. For the purposes of this micro objective, we’re specifically interested in images. Uncheck the boxes for Video and Audio.

3) Choose a celestial body that is of interest to you and search for it.

4) Spend a few minutes browsing your result, and choose an image that it most interesting to you.

5) Share a link to you image, as well as the reason you chose it, in the comments below and/or in our Facebook Group.

 

Stellar - Games - 200

Objective:

Play a space themed game from the list provided.

Details:

1) Grab some friends and play one of the following galaxy themed games listed below.

Note: Links in green bring you to a Board Game Geek description. Clicking on each game image will bring you to Amazon.*

Race for the Galaxy. Build the best galactic civilization and win! This game contains iconography that takes some time to get used to, but once you understand the game is AMAZING.

Galaxy Trucker. You’re a space smuggler doing your best to make a (not so honest) living. Build your ship and then set out. The catch? You need to make sure your ship is strong enough to make it to its destination. This game has tons of cool pieces that make for a very tactical experience.

Alien Frontiers. Are you ready to colonize space? Compete for resources as you settle on this alien frontier.

Space Cadets: Dice Duel. A “team vs. team” dice rolling space combat game. Each member of your team has a job to do. Will you be able to work together and win?

Star Realms. This game is a 1 vs. 1 player space combat. Very fun, as well as affordable.

2) Post a photo of yourself playing the space themed game you chose on Twitter or Instagram with the tags #QuestScouts and #BoardGame.

Post a photo of yourself playing the space themed game you chose on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts and. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

*We encourage you to reach out to your community before buying new games. Maybe your neighbor's brother is a gamer and would love to teach you to play Galaxy Trucker. Or, if you're lucky enough to have a Friendly Local Gaming store, they probably have a couple of these titles for you to try before you buy. However, if that's not an option, clicking on any of the game images will bring you to an Amazon page. If you use our links, Quest Scouts gets a very small kick back. (Super small, but every bit counts!) So, if you're going to buy online anyway, consider using our links!

Stellar - Art - 250

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“The artist has to be a guardian
of the culture.”

-Robert Longo

Objective:

Paint an imitation of The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

Details:

1) Spend about 20 minutes researching The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. First, watch Better Know: The Starry Night from The Art Assignment. Then, find yourself a copy of The Starry Night (whether digital or physical) and examine the painting. Note the fine details of the painting.

2) ) Gather your materials. You’ll need:

  • Thick paint (Van Gogh used oil, but use acrylic or any thick paint you’d like.Definitely not water color.)
    Note: The purpose of this objective, in part, is for you to work with paint. Please don’t substitute another medium.

  • Brushed (Both a thick and thin brush)

  • Canvas or paper

3) Paint a recreation of The Starry Night. While of course your painting won’t end up an exact replica, and throwing in your own style is fine, we want you to do your best to paint The Starry Night close to how Van Gogh envisioned it.

If you're feeling lost, there are a bunch of great tutorials on youtube.

Note: Make sure you allocate enough time for this objective. Painting isn’t a quick activity, and we don’t want you to feel rushed and get frustrated.

4) Take a photo of your painted version of The Starry Night and share it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your art in our Facebook group.

Stellar - DIY - 100

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Objective:

Construct a Froebel Star.

Details:

Froebel Stars are three dimensional paper starts of German origin. They’re generally thought of as Christmas decorations. Let’s make one!

1) Choose a Froebel Star tutorial you’d like to follow. This one looks promising. Or you could try a fabric star! Or, find a tutorial you like better!

2) Make your star! We hope that you’ll take this time to relax and enjoy yourself as you craft. Maybe invite a friend to create along with you.

3) Take a photo of your Froebel Star and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your experience in our Facebook group.

4) In the comments below, let us know which tutorial you used and how your star turned out.

 

Stellar - Research - 250

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Objective:

Use a star guide to identify constellations in the night sky.

Details:

1) Acquire a star guide. A star guide is a book or chart that helps you identify stars/constellations. Do your research to find out what will work best for you, but at Quest Scouts we’ve got our eyes on this book.

2) Location, location, location! If you live in a big city, don’t try this at home! City lights pollute your ability to see the night sky. Wait until you’re in a place relatively free of light pollution to attempt this objective.

3) Spend time looking for and identifying constellations. Remember, this research objective is worth a good amount of points, so take your time and be through!

4) Report back!

Where and when did you conduct your constellation finding adventure?
What did you use as your star guide?
What constellations were you able to identify?

Stellar - Visit - 300

Objective:

Take a trip to an instrument designed to show you a view of the stars.

Details:

1) For this objective, we want you to take in a view of the stars. Identify either a planetarium or an observatory you’d like to visit.

2) Visit!

If you choose to visit a planetarium, make sure to take in a show related to space. (No laser light shows! Although those are pretty cool…)

If you choose to visit an observatory, be sure to visit when it is open to the public, and take a tour inside. You should find yourself in a situation to learn about the workings of the telescope, and may even get a chance to look through it! Make sure to ask lots of questions while you’re there.

3) While on your adventure, collect three interesting facts or observations. Report your facts/observations in the comments below.

4) Take a photo of yourself in front of the planetarium or observatory. Post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. You can also share your experiences in our Facebook group.

Stellar - Visit - 300

Objective:

Check out a piece of equipment that has previously been used in space travel.

Details:

1) Identify a location where you can view a piece of equipment that has been used in space. Do your best to make your outing as space focused as possible! If you’ve got a space museum within driving distance, PLEASE OH PLEASE go for that! We want you to have the most stellar experience possible. If you don’t have a museum dedicated to space, this objective will be a bit more tricky. In this case, find any location that will allow you to view at least one manmade artifact that has been used in space. Anything from a spaceship to an astronauts leftover dinner will work!

2) Travel to your space artifact(s).

3) Take a photo of yourself with the space artifact and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

4) In the comments below, describe your experience. Where did you go? Who did you go with? Did you have a good time? Describe the piece(s) of equipment you were able to view. What were they used for?

Stellar - Travel - 300


Objective:

Identify, travel to and view a meteorite or an impact crater.

Details:

1) An impact crater is the depression a meteorite leaves when it falls to earth. Check out this impact map to identify the nearest few exposed impact crater to you. Then, look up the sites to find out whether or not you might feasibly visit one.

Note: Please do this step even if you choose to visit a meteorite.

2) If you decide to visit an impact crater, great! Skip to number five. However, while it would be AWESOME to visit an impact site, many of you will find it difficult to get to one. Therefore, you might want to go for the next best thing…

3) (Optional) A meteorite is a meteor (full or partial) that makes it through the earth’s atmosphere. If you’d like to learn more about meteorites check out this video from The Brain Scoop. (Come on, don’t skip it! Lets LEARN something new. It’s worth your time!)

4) Identify the site of a meteorite on display that you’d like to visit.

Important Note: We’re not looking for a meteorite in a collector’s house, but rather something ON PUBLIC DISPLAY, either in a museum or other public space.

Examples include:

This meteorite display at UCLA, California

This huge guy at The Museum of Natural History in New York

The Meteorite Museum at The University of New Mexico

The World’s Largest Meteorite in Namibia

5) Visit your meteorite or impact crater! Make sure to take note of 1-3 interesting things you’ve learned about meteorites or impact craters while on your adventure.

6) Create and share a field report!
Please make sure to mention the following in your report:

-Your research leading up to your adventure. Please include which meteorite(s) are closest to you and why you could, or could not, visit it/them.
-The location of the crater or the location your meteorite was found.
-If applicable, the type and makeup of your meteorite.
-A description of the day (Who you were with, what was the weather like…)
-What you liked about your adventure.
-What, if anything, you found challenging about your adventure.
-Anything else you think we might find interesting!

Post your field report in the comments below.

7) Take a photo while at your impact site or meteorite display and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #QuestScouts. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

 

Stellar - Literature - 300

Objective:

Choose and read an "out of this world" book from our reading list.

Details:

1) Choose and read a space themed book from the list provided.

Quest Scouts “Galactic” Reading List:

Non-Fiction

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetteryly

Apollo in the Age of Aquarius by Neil M. Maher

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

Fiction

Foundation by Issac Asimov

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Saga: Book 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Notes: (1) WARNING: These graphic novels contain depictions of sex and drugs. While highly acclaimed, please take care of yourself and choose something else if those topics don’t appeal to you. (2) Don’t confuse the “book” with the “trade paperbacks.” Book 1 is #1-18 of the trade paperbacks and totals over 500 pages. Read whatever form, just make sure to read them all.

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

3) Read the book! (Listening to the audio version is ok too!)

4) Write a short book review and post it in the comments below. Include the title, author, and things that you liked or disliked about the book. If you read a non-fiction book, also include 3 things you learned while reading. 

Stellar - Media - 150

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Objective:

Watch one of the space themed documentaries from the list provided.

Details:

1) Watch one of the avian themed movies or documentaries listed below.

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

Hidden Figures (Ok, ok… Even though this isn’t a “documentary,” we think it’s worth adding to the list anyway!)

Fowl Play Micro Objective - Art - 50

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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.

Ruffled Feathers

 

3) Take a photo of your Index Card Art and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the tags #QuestScouts and #NotecardArt. Alternatively, you can also share your photo in our Facebook group.

 

Fowl Play Micro Objective - Media - 50

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

Objective:

Listen to Do Scarecrows Scare Crows from Every Little Thing.

Details:

1) Head over to Every Little Thing and listen to Do Scarecrows Scare Crows?

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

-What did you think of Do Scarecrows Scare Crows? Was it interesting? Entertaining? Thought provoking? Why? 

-Imagine you’re an inventor with unlimited resources. What features would you add to (or subtract from) the traditional scarecrow to make it more effective.

 

Fowl Play Micro Objective- Research - 50

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

Objective:

Check out the Audubon Society. Which chapter most accessible to you? What events are scheduled in the coming months?

Details:

1) Like Fowl Play’s travel objective, this micro objective asks you to check out your local Audubon Society chapter.

2) Some chapters have their own websites, while others have only a Facebook page. Find out what events, if any, your chapter offers. If you don’t see a list of events readily available, ask!

Why are we doing this? Our hope is that in learning what events are available to you, you’ll in turn know whether or not attending such an event appeals to you.

3) In the comments below, share with us what you learned.

Fowl Play Micro Objective - Media - 50

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

Objective:

Listen to The Feather Heist from This American Life.

Details:

1) Head over to This American Life and listen to The Feather Heist.

Note: Make sure you listen to all seven acts.

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

-What did you think of The Feather Heist? Was it interesting? Entertaining? Thought provoking? Why? 

-If you were in charge, what punishment, if any, would Edwin Rist face for his crime?

 

Up In Flames Micro Objective - Research - 50

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

Objective:

Spend some time researching fire starting techniques.

Details:

1) Spend 15+ minutes researching fire starting techniques. You could research survivalist fire starting, or simply the most efficient way to start a campfire.

2) When you’re through with your research, post something you learned from your research in the comments below.