Hundreds of Cub Scouts will be swept up in the excitement of science at the University of Tasmania, as part of the Cub Scout Cuboree this weekend (Saturday 14 October-Sunday 15 October).

From marshmallows and spaghetti tower challenges, to explosive science shows, water rockets and dry ice workshops, around 330 cubs and 210 leaders will have the opportunity to get hands on with science at the Sandy Bay campus.

The first major Scouting event to be held at the University, the weekend will be hosted by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

SET Dean, Professor Brian Yates said the weekend would provide a host of challenges and plenty of excitement for the cubs.

“The cubs set to come to the camp can’t wait,” he said.

“The theme for this year’s Cuboree is “curiosity” and we have lots of activities to stimulate that whilst at the University.

“They will have great fun and be challenged to build a spaghetti tower; test circuits, hypothesise and discover what is and isn’t conductive; experience dry ice marshmallows, create and launch rockets and test their skills at bottle flipping.”