1. Read Merit Badge Book
1. Read Merit Badge Book
2. Determine the physical, electrical, mechanical, corrosive, flammability, cost, and other such properties of composites, wood, aluminum, copper, and steel. For each of these raw materials, give one example for how it can be shaped and used for a specific application. (Req 2 b) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
3. Locate three different composite reinforcement materials, their positive and negative characteristics, and their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these materials. (Req 3 a) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
4. Discuss three different resins used in composites, their positive and negative characteristics, and their uses. Obtain the MSDS for each one and discuss the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these materials. Include thermoset resins and thermoplastic resins in your discussion. (Req 3 b) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
5. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval do ONE of the following (a, or b): (Req 4) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
a. Visit a company that manufactures or repairs products made with composites. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.
b. Find three composites-related Web sites. Share and discuss what you learn with your counselor.
2. Draw a simple schematic diagram. It must show resistors, capacitors, and transistors or integrated circuits. Use the correct symbols. Label all parts. (Req 2 a) Be prepared to discuss.
3. Tell the purpose of each part on your diagram. (Req 2 b) Be prepared to discuss.
4. Find out about three career opportunities in electronics that interest you. Discuss with and explain to your counselor what training and education are needed for each position. (Req 6) Be prepared to discuss.
2. Come prepared to talk about four games you have played in any of the following mediums: Physical Games and Sports (like Basketball), Board Games (like chess), Tile Games (like dominoes), Dice Games (like yahtzee), Card Games (like poker), Party Games (like charades), Games with Miniatures, Role Playing Games (like Dungeons and Dragons), Electronic Games (like video games) (Req 1 a)
3. Research Intellectual Property and be prepared to discuss it. (Req 3)
4. Think about a game you would like to create. Determine the medium or mediums you would like it created in. Think about the player format, objectives, and theme of the game. Determine the setting, story, and characters if necessary. Be able to talk about its play value. Record some rules for the game and what resources would be needed. Make sketches of the game elements. (Req 5) Be prepared to discuss, negotiate, and share your ideas.
2. (optional) If you want to take your programs home with you bring a thumb drive.
3. Write and sign a personalized contract with your parent or guardian that outlines rules for using the computer and mobile devices, including what you can download, what you can post, and consequences for inappropriate use. (Req 1a Cyber Chip Req 2) Present a copy of the contract to the counselor.
4. Discuss with your parents the benefits and potential dangers teenagers might experience when using social media. Give examples of each. (Req 1a Cyber Chip Req 3) Be prepared to discuss.
5. Research internet safety rules, behavior, and “netiquete” and prepare a 1 minute talk about what you learned. (Req 1a Cyber Chip Req 5) Be prepared to teach using the BSA EDGE method or GSA guidelines.
6. (optional) Find a program that you would like to make changes to and bring it on a thumb drive. It you don’t bring a program we will have some for you to pick from. (Req 5a)
7. (optional) Think about two programs you would like to write and what you would like them to do. Be ready to talk through the ideas
2. Research space pioneers and collect information on your favorite and four others. Collect enough information (and material) to create a trading card. (Req 2)
3. Do ONE of the following (a or b): (Req 5)
a. Research a space mission, manned or unmanned, and find out about its major discoveries, its importance, and what we learned from it about the planets, moons or regions of space explored. Be prepared to share your results.
b. Create a scrapbook about a current planetary mission using magazine photographs, news clippings, and articles from online. Be prepared to share with the group.
4. Do ONE of the following (a or b): (Req 6)
a. Research the Space shuttle and be prepared to talk about its purpose, operation, and components.
b. Research the International Space Station and be prepared to talk about its purpose, operation, and components.
5. Research two possible careers in space exploration that interest you. Find out the qualification, education preparation requires, and the major responsibilities of the career. Be prepared to discuss with the group. (Req 8) Be prepared to discuss.
2. Make two sketches of the Big
Dipper. In one sketch, show the Big
Dipper’s orientation in the early evening sky.
In another sketch, show its position several hours later. In both sketches, show the North Star and the
horizon. Record the date and time each
sketch was made. (Req 4 c)
3. List the names of the five most
visible planets. Explain which ones can
appear in phases similar to lunar phases and which ones cannot, and explain
why. (Req 5 a)
4. Find out when each of the five most
visible planets that you identified in requirement 5a will be observable in the
evening sky during the next 12 months, then compile this information in the
form of a chart or table. (Req 5 b)
5. Describe the motion of the planets
across the sky. (Req 5 c) Be prepared to
6. Observe a planet and describe what
you saw. (Req 5 d) Be prepared to discuss.
7. Sketch the face of the Moon and
indicate at least five seas and five craters.
Label these landmarks. (Req6a)
8. Sketch the phase and the daily position
of the Moon, at the same hour and place, for a week. Include landmarks on the horizon such as
hills, trees, and buildings. Explain the
changes you observe. (Req 6 b)
9. Identify at least one red star, one
blue star, and one yellow star (other than the Sun). Explain the meaning of
these colors. (Req 7 c)
10. Do ONE of the following (a, b,
c, d, or e) and be prepared to share it with the group. (Req 8)
a. Visit a planetarium or astronomical
observatory. Submit a written report, a
scrapbook, or a video presentation afterward to your counselor that includes
the following information:
Activities occurring there
Exhibits and displays you saw
Telescopes and instruments being used
Celestial objects you observed.
b. Plan and participate in a three-hour
observation session that includes using binoculars or a telescope. List the
celestial objects you want to observe, and find each on a star chart or in a
guidebook. Prepare an observing log or notebook. Review your log or notebook with your
Plan and host a star party for your Scout troop or other group
such as your class at school. Use
binoculars or a telescope to show and explain celestial objects to the group.
d. Help an astronomy club in your
community hold a star party that is open to the public.
e. Personally take a series of
photographs or digital images of the movement of the Moon, a planet, an
asteroid or meteoroid, or a comet. In
your visual display, label each image and include the date and time it was taken. Show all positions on a star chart or
map. Show your display at school or at a
troop meeting. Explain the changes you
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2. Obtain an MSDS for both a paint and an insecticide. Compare the toxicity, disposal, and safe-handling sections for these two common household products. (Req 1 c) Be prepared to discuss with the group.
3. Predict what would happen if you placed an iron nail in a copper sulfate solution. Locate the formula for the reaction that you described. (Req 2 a)
4. Find out how you would separate sand from water, table salt from water, oil from water, and gasoline from motor oil. (Req 2 b) Be prepared to discuss with the group.
5. Cut a round onion into small chunks. Separate the onion chunks into three equal portions. Leave the first portion raw. Cook the second portion of onion chunks until the pieces are translucent. Cook the third portion until the onions are caramelized, or brown in color. Taste each type of onion. Describe the taste of raw onion versus partially cooked onion versus caramelized onion. Explain what happens to molecules in the onion during the cooking process. (Req 4 a) Be prepared to share with the group.
6. Describe the chemical similarities and differences between toothpaste and an abrasive household cleanser. Explain how the end use or purpose of a product affects its chemical formulation. (Req 4 b) Be prepared to discuss with the group.
7. Find a substance that will help water and oil combine, Explain how that substance works to combine the oil and water. (Req 4 c) Be prepared to discuss with the group.
8. Locate two government agencies that are responsible for tracking the use of chemicals for commercial or industrial use. Pick one agency and briefly describe its responsibilities to the public and the environment. (Req 6 a) Be prepared to discuss with the group.
9. Find out what pollution is. Locate the chemical effects of ozone, global warming, and acid rain. Pick a current environmental problem as an example. Briefly describe what people are doing to resolve this hazard and to increase understanding of the problem. (Req 6 b) Be prepared to discuss with the group.
10. Do ONE of the following activities (a, b, c, or d): (Req 7) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
a. Visit a laboratory and talk to a practicing chemist. Ask what the chemist does and what training and education are needed to work as a chemist.
b. Using resources found at the library and in periodicals, books, and the Internet (with your parent's permission), learn about two different kinds of work done by chemists, chemical engineers, chemical technicians, or industrial chemists. For each of the four jobs, find out the education and training requirements.
c. Visit an industrial plant that makes chemical products or uses chemical processes and describe the processes used. What, if any, pollutants are produced and how are they handled?
d. Visit a county farm agency or similar governmental agency and learn how chemistry is used to meet the needs of agriculture in your county.
2. Do ONE of the following (a or b): (Req 6) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
a. Visit a facility or industry workplace where drafting is part of the business. Ask to see an example of the work that is done there, the different drafting facilities, and the tools used.
(1) Find out how much of the drafting done there is manual, and how much is done using CAD. If CAD is used, find out what software is used and how and why it was chosen.
(2) Ask about the drafting services provided. Ask who uses the designs produced and how those designs are used. Discuss how the professionals who perform drafting cooperate with other individuals in the drafting area and other areas of the business.
(3) Ask how important the role of drafting is to producing the end product or service that this business supplies. Find out how drafting contributes to the company's end product or service
b. Using resources you find on your own such as at the library and on the Internet (with your parent's permission), learn more about the drafting trade and discuss the following with your counselor.
(1) The drafting tools used in the past - why and how they were used. Explain which tools are still used today and how their use has changed with the advent of new tools. Discuss which tools are being made obsolete by newer tools in the industry.
(2) Tell what media types were used in the past and how drawings were used, stored, and reproduced. Tell how the advent of CAD has changed the media used, and discuss how these changes affect the storage or reproduction of drawings.
(3) Discuss whether the types of media have changed such that there are new uses for the drawings, or other outputs, produced by designers. Briefly discuss how new media types are used in the industry today.
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2. Complete an electrical home safety inspection of your home, using the checklist you can find on this registration site. (Req 2) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
3. On a floor plan of a room in your home, make a wiring diagram of the lights, switches, and outlets. Show which fuse or circuit breaker protects each one. (Req 8) Be prepared to discuss what you found
4. Read an electric meter and, using your family’s electric bill, determine the energy cost from the meter readings. (Req 9 a) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
5. Look up the following electrical terms: volt, ampere, watt, ohm, resistance, potential difference, rectifier, rheostat, conductor, ground, circuit, and short circuit. (Req 10) Be prepared to discuss what you found.
2. Find an article on the use or conservation of energy. (Req 1 a) Be prepared to discuss.
3. Conduct an energy audit of your home. You may use the one provided on the registration site or one of your own. (Req 4) Be prepared to discuss.
4. Keep a 14 day log that records what you and your family did to reduce energy use. (Req 4) Be prepared to discuss.
5. In a notebook, identify and describe five examples of energy waste in your school or community. Suggest in each case possible ways to reduce this waste. (Req 5) Be prepared to discuss.
2. Select some manufactured item in your home (such as a toy or an appliance) and, under adult supervision, investigate how and why it works as it does. Find out what sort of engineering activities were needed to create it. Be ready to discuss what you learned and how you got the information. (Req 1)
3. Select an engineering achievement that has had a major impact on society. Use the resources available to you to research it. Look for who made it possible, the special obstacles they had to overcome, and how this achievement has influenced the world today. (Req 2) Be prepared to discuss.
Model Design and Building)
2. Determine the uses for each of the following types of models: architectural, structural, process, mechanical, and industrial. Do research into the different types of materials that could be used in making these models. (Req 2) Be prepared to discuss what you found
3. Examine the plumbing system of your house paying careful attention to hot and cold water supplies, waste returns, and vents. (Req 3)
4. Give some thought to building a special-effects model of a fantasy spacecraft. (Req 5) Be prepared to discuss your ideas.
5. In line with No. 4, study aircraft, submarines, and naval ships for ideas for your spacecraft. (Req 5 a) Be prepared to discuss.
6. Prepare a sketch of your fantasy spacecraft. (Req 5 c)
2. Look up three particle accelerators and describe several experiments that each accelerator performs. (Req 3 b) Be prepared to discuss.
1. Read Merit Badge Book
2. Investigate underwater topography paying particular attention to continental shelf, continental slope and the abyssal plain. Locate an underwater map and examine seamounts, guyots, rift valley, canyons, trenches, and oceanic ridges. Compare the depths of the ocean to the heights of mountains on land. (Req 4)
3. Do One of the following (a or b or c): (Req 8)
a. Write a 500-word report on a book about oceanography.
b. Visit one of the following: (1) an oceanographic research ship or (2) an oceanographic institute. Write a 500-word report about your visit.
c. Prepare a five-minute prepared speech "Why Oceanography Is Important" or describe "Career Opportunities in Oceanography”.
2. Choose three ways to help reduce water consumption in your house. Implement these from now until the event and observe how they affected your family’s water usage. (Req 2 Water A). Be prepared to discuss.
3. Find two areas of the world that have been affected by drought over the last three years. Research what can be done in these areas to improve the conditions and determine whether it was used or not and whether or not it worked. (Req 2 Water C) Be prepared to discuss.
4. Develop and implement a plan that attempts to reduce your household food waste. Establish as baseline then track and record your results from now until the event. (Req 2 Food A) Be prepared to discuss.
5. For either electrical consumption of transportation fuel examine what you family has done for a three month period. Choose three ways to reduce consumption and implement these ideas for as long as you can before we meet. (Req 2 Energy B or C) Be prepared to discuss
6. Keep a log of the “stuff” your family purchases (except food) for two weeks. Categorize each purchase as an essential need or a desirable want. (Req 2 Stuff A) Be prepared to discuss
7. Pick one category from the following list and research their impact on the environment. Choose three devices in that area and find out the average lifespan and what happens once they are no longer used. The list is Plastic Waste, Electronic Waste, and Food Waste. (Req 4) Be prepared to discuss.
8. Pick one category from the following list and research the area. Discuss what the problem is, how humans are affecting it, and what can be done to turn it around. The list is Species decline, World Population, and Climate change. (Req 4) Be prepared to discuss.
1. Read Merit Badge
2. Keep a daily weather log for 1 week using information from an instrument as well as from other sources such as local radio and television stations or NOAA Weather Radio, and Internet sources (with your parent's permission). Record the following information at the same time every day: wind direction and speed, temperature, precipitation, and types of clouds. Be sure to make a note of any morning dew or frost. In the log, also list the weather forecasts from radio or television at the same time each day and show how the weather really turned out. (Req 8) Be prepared to discuss.
3. Prepare a 5 minute talk on one of the following (a or b): (Req 9)
a. Outdoor safety rules in the event of lightning, flash floods, and tornadoes.
b. Acid rain using articles you have found.
4. Find out about a weather-related career opportunity that interests you. Be able to explain to the group what training and education are required for such a position, and the responsibilities required of such a position. (Req 10) Be prepared to discuss.
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