Magnetic Pole

It is not uncommon during discussions of map and compass work to find yourself explaining the difference between magnetic north and true or geographic north.  I knew that the magnetic north pole moved over time but I did not know that it’s movement was accelerating to the point where scientists were having to update their models of the Earth’s magnetic field sooner then expected.    Currently, it seems the magnetic pole is now closer to the geographic pole then at any time during the history of Guiding.  For more details see: Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why

Magnetic Pole


How to Identify Snowflakes

I got this idea from a blog post from Ontario Parks.

What you Need:

  1. A day when it is snowing
  2. magnifying glasses
  3. some snowflake charts (you might want to put them inside ziplock bags so they don’t get wet.)
  4. warm winter clothes

What to do:

    1. Before you start you might want to review this blog
      How Snowflakes Get Their Shape by . It answers many questions I would expect to come up in an activity like this and it is away nice to have the answers top of mind.
    2. Gently catch snowflakes or scoop up freshly fallen snow on the back of your mittens or a black piece of felt.
    3. Examine the snowflake and see where it fits in on the chart.
    4. Repeat until you’ve identified a number of different types of snowflakes
    5. Compare your results to others.

There’s a Place for You in Engineering!

This lovely crest has been developed by Engineers Canada as part of their Engaging Girls program.  Their website reads:

Engineers Canada has developed and released a Girl Guides crest, to be presented to Girl Guides who complete engineering-related activities under the supervision of a professional engineer or an engineer-in-training. These activities—such as those that present an understanding of how vehicles work, the concept of simple machines, how lipstick is made, to name just a few—expose young girls to the engineering that can be found in everyday life and give them an understanding of how the world around them works.

Anyone interested in using the crest can contact Engineers Canada to confirm conditions of use and order required quantities.

If you have an engineer coming into your meeting to do a presentation to the girls, you may want to inquire about the crest.  Contact information in on the Engaging Girls page.

World Space Week

The first Make a Difference Day for 2017-18 is World Space Week – October 4-10th. National has released an instant meeting to help you mark this STEM based week.    I do a lot of space activities already with my Guides so many of these ideas I’ve seen before but I’m glad to see them being promoted.  I am quite interested in the Life on a Space Station activity though.

If you want some alternative ideas, check out the Meeting in a Box: Space from Quebec.  I like the active Solar System game.  I think the girls would have a lot of fun with it.