• Inspired by episodes:
  • TOS: S1E18

Kirk Versus the Gorn

Can you make and ignite the black powder in order to defeat the Gorn?
  • Inspired by episodes:
  • TOS: S1E18


Make the different components of black powder, combine them in the correct ratio and then lay and light a fuse to ignite a sample.


Faced with a slow yet powerful enemy, the Gorn, and with only basic survival tools on hand Captain Kirk had to use his wits and chemistry knowledge to make his own gunpowder and escape. Starfleet recruits are trained to be resourceful and use the materials at hand to survive. This is your chance to learn from Captain Kirk and make sure you have the skill needed to respond to perilous situations.

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Mission Outcomes

By completing this activity, you can show your Unit Council that you can:


  • Prepare and combine chemical components in the correct ratio to make black powder
  • Safely prepare and light a fuse to ignite a black powder sample

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