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SIA STEM and Innovation

Activities from JOTA and JOTI can be used as the basis for a Special Interest Area in STEM and Innovation.

A ‘STEM and Innovation’ project is all about developing your powerful, questioning, curious, scientific mind. Explore your interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and innovation.

The SIA guidelines don't prescribe specific tests for each badge. The examples below are taken from the old Award Scheme and give some ideas for the type of tasks that could be proposed for the SIA.

SIA Planning Tool

A template, which is an annotated copy of the SIA Planning Tool, has been prepared to help complete the plan. The points above can be used as additional suggestions or goals. There are many links on this page that can be used as a reference for many of the ideas and tasks.

You can open the SIA Planning Tool template in your browser and save a copy once it's completed.

Here is a link to the original blank SIA Planning Tool.

Amateur Radio Operator Badge

Amateur Radio Operator Badge

A member of Scouts Australia who obtains an Amateur Radio Operator's License, in accordance with Government regulations, may wear the Amateur Radio Operator Badge on the right sleeve of the uniform.

The badge is a gold diamond with a green band across the centre and is issued on the authorisation of the Branch Jamboree On The Air Coordinator.

Amateur Radio Foundation License

In 2005, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, ACMA, introduced an Amateur Radio Foundation license, targetted at a younger and less technical audience. The Foundation License has become the perfect license for Scouts to get started in Amateur Radio.

Scout Radio and Electronic Services Unit of Victoria

The SRESU is a service unit of the Victorian Branch of Scouts Australia. Established to provide radio and electronics related services for Scouts, the SRESU provides health and welfare communications for large Scouting activities, helps Scouts obtain amateur radio licences by running theory classes and examinations and is responsible for co-ordination of the annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) in Victoria.

See the Scout Radio and Electronic Services Unit website for more information.


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