science certificates

Explorer Badges

Explorer Badge

Advanced Explorer Badge

The Advanced Explorer Badge is similar to the Explorer Badge covering the Nature of Science and the Science Capabilities and offering a more advanced range of extension activities and skills. The approximate size of each badge is 2.5cm.

What is the purpose of the Explorer Badges?

  • To get students interested in and working on a series of sciences activities
  • As the activities are well within the capability of average students, they:
    • encourage student initiative
    • provide a tangible reward (an attractive badge)
    • don't involve teachers in a lot of extra work

How does it work?

  • Students choose eight activities from a total of 32 available
  • At least one activity should be from each of the 4 curriculum areas
    • The Living World
    • The Physical World
    • The Material World
    • Planet Earth and Beyond
  • Stickers are placed by the teacher on the activity sheet once it is completed by the student
  • A badge is awarded once all activities are completed

When can students do the activities?

  • They can be done at school and home
  • 6-8 weeks is recommended for the badge

How much help should students be given?

  • The activities are designed so most students should be able to work on them by themselves
  • Offer praise and occasionally some advice if there are problems
  • Encourage students to use a variety of sources to get information

What about the less able/very able students?

  • There is a varied menu of activities on each sheet to choose from
  • An Advanced Explorer Badge is available

What does it cost?

  • Students pay for their sheets to their school Science coordinator
  • Individual Home orders can be made
  • Costs are listed on the Order Form

Information for Teachers