Scouts and Guides set to have the ‘Time of your Light’

‘Time of your Light’ is a joint initiative between the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Peak 2015 Scout & Guide jamboree, taking place at the Chatsworth House Estate in Derbyshire. There are 7000 young Scouts and Guides expected to attend Peak 2015 between 25th July and 1st August, and the IET has been asked to run an activity aimed at helping to spark the imagination of potential future engineers.

Those attending the IET’s ‘Time of your Light’ workshop over the course of the five day event will be challenged with soldering their own flashing badge. The aim is that the children will be able to program their own light pattern for the badge. This activity will count towards the Scouts’ IET Electronics badge and the Guides’ Scientist badge, and the youngsters will be able to take home their finished creation. The IET Electronics badge was launched in 2011 and continues to be sponsored by the IET as part of an initiative to encourage more students to pursue careers in engineering and fill the widening skills gap within the industry.

Organisers have based the IET’s activity for Peak 2015 on the most difficult part of the Electronics badge for Scouts to obtain – soldering a circuit. Although each participant will be able to create their own unique flashing badge, the aim is that they will all be combined during the finale of Peak 2015 to create a giant flashing clock. It is hoped that some of the 1000 Scouts and Guides expected to take part in the activity will be inspired to consider science, and in particular electronics and engineering, as a future career.

Companies already involved in supporting this event include Omflow, MPE and HIDECS who are offering software, development and design expertise. So far enough has been raised to fund a very basic activity, and unfortunately this will not include the soldering task necessary to gain the Electronics badge. In order to reach the full potential of its vision, the IET is still seeking further support and hopes to raise a total of £5000 which will be used towards 1250 reprogrammable flashing lights to ensure enough materials for all expected participants, as well as producing a high impact animated installation using the badges for the final night of the event.

There is expected to be local news, radio and television coverage of Peak 2015, and any sponsors and contributors will also receive social media recognition through both Facebook ( and Twitter (@thepeakcamp).

To find out more, or to offer your support, contact either Stephen Powley or Helen Gregory.

Stephen Powley, IET Schools liaison officer, Derbyshire, tel: 07736448738, email:

Helen Gregory, Peak 2015 activities & events assistant manager, tel: 07711110456, email:

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