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The SWEBOTS have been created by Girlguiding South West England to encourage you to enjoy activities relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Each Girlguiding Section has its own SWEBOT to help you identify fun things to do which are suitable for your particular Section. There is also LeaderBOT who is always around to provide advice to help you get the most out of the Resources in a safe environment, ProfBOT who explains the activities and the results you may see, and InfoBOT who comes to you fully equipped with lots of useful, additional information on the various tasks which the SWEBOTS suggest.

Keep watching this page for more information and updates on the SWEBOTS - you will find us very easily by simply clicking on the InfoBOT image at the top of any of the Region Website pages, so do pop in anytime!


More About In the air
In the air Downloads/ Links
Send Us Your Stories!
On the water
3rd Old Windsor Brownies
Royal Navy Activity Day
Newent District
1st Peatmoor Guides
On the water Downloads/Links

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On the water front coverThe SWEBOTS are back with their second Resource! This time we are working with the Royal Navy and On the water contains lots of tasks and activities which are water based: Flip a bottle, grow a bean, learn about the ocean's currents and tides and make a hydraulic lift.

The Resource is suitable for all Sections, and includes a full colour booklet plus 30 activities which are all printed double-sided on loose-leaf, wipeable paper and supplied in a smart plastic folder with press stud fastening. The full pack costs £7.00 and you can purchase an additional set of the activity sheets for £5.00. There are four new cloth badges to collect (see below) which are all priced at 60p each, or you may purchase a full set of all four badges for £2.00. Postage and packing will be added to all the prices quoted.

Click here to go to the Online Shop and place your order today!


On the water Rainbow BadgeOn the water Brownie Badge







On the water Guide BadgeOn the water Senior Section Badge

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Activity 27 - click here to download the handwashing rap.

Below are some museums and science centres which you might like to visit with your Unit. Click on the links to visit the Websites for more information.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, Winchester, Hampshire

National Marine Aquarium
, Plymouth, Devon

Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall

We The Curious, Harbourside, Bristol

The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire

Techniquest, Cardiff

The National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Hampshire

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum
, Gosport, Hampshire

Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire

The Women's Engineering Society's website provides lots of really useful information for girls and women who are particularly interested in STEM subjects, or who might be considering a career in engineering. The website also features an extensive list of "inspiring women in engineering" which makes fascinating reading. The address is .


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NavyBOT BadgeThe first of the Activity Days which have been created by the Royal Navy especially for Girlguiding South West England was held on Saturday 20th January at The Defence Maritime Logistics School at the HMS Raleigh Training Establishment in Torpoint Cornwall. Thirty Brownies spent the morning in a simulation of a ship's galley and store room and learned how the Royal Navy stock their ships with all the supplies needed when they go to sea, and carried out scientific experiments with food which they particularly enjoyed!

Laura Morrow is a Guide Leader and also works for the Royal Navy so acted as the Region's representative for the day. She told us the day went "fantastically":

"The event was very well organised and co-ordinated, it was clear a huge amount of thought and effort went into the planning and execution of the day by the team at HMS Raleigh. They delivered each activity with such enthusiasm and really engaged the Brownies in the activities. Each activity was specifically tailored to the Brownie age group, with STEM in mind and both the Leaders and Brownies had a brilliant time."

The Royal Navy Activity Days, which are all fully booked, will be running throughout the year until September.


Brownies eatingBrownies Cooking

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In the air Front CoverThis Resource was created with the support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust whose mission includes a commitment to encourage the aviation related education of young people. In the air provides detailed explanations to help you and your girls conduct various experiments which will help you all discover more about the mixture of gases and particles of dust that we breathe! Have a go at activities that exploit the movement of air and the changes in air pressure and you will be able to predict the weather, measure wind speed, even make clouds! You can have fun too, flying paper aeroplanes and kites, and launching rockets. RainbowBOT, BrownieBOT, GuideBOT and SeniorBOT appear at the top of each activity sheet according to its suitability for that particular age group and we hope that our Trefoil Guild Members will also enjoy some of the tasks.

Click here to download a flyer about the Resource - no pun intended!

The Resource pack includes an eight page introductory booklet, plus 30 loose-leaf activity sheets, all printed on A4 'plastic paper' which is easy to clean, but difficult to tear and more durable than paper or card. You will also receive a complimentary ProfBOT and LeaderBOT badge and the whole pack is enclosed in a plastic wallet with press stud closure. The Resource is available from the Region's Online Shop priced at £7.00 plus postage and packing. We are also offering an additional full set of activity sheets for £5.00 plus postage and packing.

There is a cloth badge depicting each member of the SWEBOT family and there are seven badges to collect in all. Leaders may decide how their girls earn the badges, but we would suggest that one badge could be earned by completing four different activities, or for visiting a science-themed attraction. The individual badges cost 60p each plus postage and packing, or you can buy the full set for £4.00 plus postage and packing. All are available from the Region's Online Shop.

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These downloads will be needed to complete the advanced tasks detailed on the following activity sheets:

Activity 2 - click here to download stunt.pdf.

Activity 11 - click here to download wind.pdf.

Activity 15 - click here to download clouds.pdf.

The Resource booklet contains a list of science and technology based museums and study centres local to our Region which you may like to visit with your Unit. One of these is the Jet Age Museum in Gloucester, but we have given an out-of-date website address for which we apologise. The correct address is . You may wish to amend your booklet.

Activity 17 suggests a visit to Beaulieu National Motor Museum, but this has not been included in the list of venues and you may want to add it. The website address is . Have fun!

The Women's Engineering Society's website provides lots of really useful information for girls and women who are particularly interested in STEM subjects, or who might be considering a career in engineering. The website also features an extensive list of "inspiring women in engineering" which makes fascinating reading. The address is .

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Guides enjoying SWEBOTSMany thanks to Anna Hartley-Wilson, the Leader of 1st Peatmoor Guides, who wrote in to tell us about the fun the girls have been having with In the air. The girls were offered the opportunity to choose the activities they wanted to try in their Patrols. They made aeroplanes, clouds and "ran pointy things through blown up balloons"!

Anna says, "What a huge success!... Many weeks of fun and the laughter and learning has been brilliant".




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Newent District in Gloucestershire recently held a SWEBOTS evening for girls from Rainbows through to Senior Section. Many thanks to Sian Green, District Commissioner, for sending in these lovely photographs.

Brownies enjoying SWEBOTSRainbows enjoying SWEBOTS

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3rd Old Windsor Brownies3rd Old Windsor Brownies tell us, "This term we are doing all things practical thanks to this Resource". The Brownies chose to make balloon racing cars which we are told was "so very, very funny" and they have been introduced to some extra activities which are not included in In the air, but as the girls were having fun being practical, their Leader, Anna Nenna says, "we thought we would anyway"! One of the Leaders showed them how to change a fuse in a plug and Anna tells us the girls had a great night, "They loved learning a new skill.... They were so good and really confident".

Anna says there is a sleepover at a science museum planned, and two "scientists" (parents!) will be talking to the girls about DNA and purifying water.


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We would love to hear what you think about the SWEBOTS' Resources. Send us your stories and some photographs and we will share them on this page. Have you thought of ways to expand on the activities we have given you, maybe you have come up with some different ways of testing your results, or maybe you have had a totally different result to that which you were expecting?

If it is the thought of writing the story which is putting you off, let us write it for you. Just give a brief outline and send it in with two or three images which we can use with the story and we will do the rest. jpegs are best, but we can work with png or even cut and paste an image from a word document if that is easier for you. Attach your photographs to an e-mail with the story, or put everything in the post with some photographs and we can scan them. If you can't provide any pictures for us, we can probably find an image to accompany the story so there are absolutely no excuses! Any questions, give Susie a call on 01722 343187 or e-mail We look forward to hearing from you!

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