Category: Research Projects

 

Over £30,000 raised so far!

As of 24th September 2019 we have just passed the £30,000 mark towards making Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Antarctica Project happen! Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far we have now hit 35% of our overall target. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ReQuest2021

Here is a reminder of our ten project objectives – primary and secondary.

Primary Project Objectives:

  1. Participate as members of the crew on the Barque Europa on a voyage to Antarctica in the Winter ‘21/’22.
  2. For each of the participants to carry out an Antarctic research project and present the results upon return.
  3. To visit Port Lockroy base that was established by Scout James Marr and fly a Scout flag on Antarctica.
  4. To unveil an expedition plaque dedicated to Marr & Mooney at Gilwell Park and Port Lockroy in Antarctica.
  5. To involve the younger sections in join-in educational fun activities in the form of Antarctica In An Ice Box.

Secondary Project Objectives:

  1. Hold a pre-expedition PR event for sponsors, participants and Scouting dignitaries on board a similar 100-year-old vessel at St Katherine’s Dock, on 17th Sep ‘21 and have Tower Bridge opened just for us!
  2. Attend the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society Quest reconstruction event at Plymouth in Sep 2021.
  3. To have Scouting representation at Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Grave on South Georgia on 4th/5th January 2022.
  4. Potential to link up with Scouts in other countries on the original expedition route.
  5. Potential to create a legacy charity project. T.A.S.K. – “The Antarctica Scout Krill” project.

Lucy’s Climate Change Blog

Climate Change is complex and controversial. Lucy’s blog is aimed at Guides and Scouts as well as others who want to learn more about this environmental change.

Lucy is a Geography Undergraduate studying at Durham University and has a particular interest in Climate Change. She is interested in the relation between people and the environment and how we can reduce our negative impacts on our planet.

Research Projects

The ReQuest Team Members will each undertake an Antarctic Research Project and present their results in different formats on their return.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Lucy Morgan’s: Writing a blog about climate change, based around questions people have. Also running Guide/Scout meetings on the topic. Plus she will be running a fundraising event  related to climate change.

PHYSIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT

Genevieve Scullion’s: The physical effects of different temperatures on body functions. With the help of the members of the expedition, she will be able to measure the effect of varying temperatures on lung function, heart  rate/ blood pressure and reactions.

3D ICEBERG SIMULATION

George Stonor’s: A study into the movement of icebergs after they have detached from the ice shelf. This would involve understanding the different forces acting on the ice -such as sea currents, winds and gravity – and their resultant effects.

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

Darcey Holmes’s: Capturing, using photography, a historical journey in contrast with 100 years ago. Using art to convey the overwhelming effects of human activity and climate change on Antarctica’s landscape and wildlife.

THE SOUNDS OF ANTARCTICA

Alan Noake’s: Recording an entire “soundscape” podcast of Antarctica – the various sounds of the ship, icebergs, wildlife and weather. As well as one-to-one interviews with participants, crew, scientists and tourists. The project aim is to produce a complete audio record of the project.

MOTION SICKNESS STUDY

Cathy Mummery’s: The physiological causes of motion sickness and then whilst on Bark Europa look into the various treatments and how effective they are on individuals – shop bought medications, natural remedies and common sense remedies (watching the horizon, fresh air etc.)

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD

Laura Bernard’s: Document, through pictures, the physical and psychological effects of fellow explorers throughout the journey to and from Antarctica. Capturing the highs and lows of the entire experience.

ELECTRICITY GENERATION

Matt Wood’s: Carry out first hand research on how electricity is generated and stored in the research bases on Antarctica. We all know that global warming is happening, and one of the key issues contributing to this is the way we (humans) generate and use electricity.