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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Digital Technology Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Digital Technology Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Digital Technology Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. A Laptop (preferred) or other comparable digital device

5. Your Current Cyber Chip Card (if you have one)

6. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.

It is strongly recommended that Scouts complete their Cyber Chip ahead of time and bring it to the class to ensure the highest probability of getting signed off on this requirement.  Some counselors may choose to integrate this requirement into the instruction at the class, but Scouts will find having it done ahead of time is best. If time allows, the counselor MAY offer the chance to complete parts of the Cyber Chip at the end of the class, this of course is at the discretion of the counselor.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Give a brief history of the changes in digital technology over time. Discuss with your counselor how digital technology in your lifetime compares with that of your parents, grandparents, or other adult's lifetime.

Scouts should make notes to assist them with the discussion component of this requirement.  Scouts will only be able to complete this component of Requirement 2 if they come to the class having talked to some adults and how digital technology has changed in their lifetimes. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of this requirement. Only Scouts who have done the preparation work and actively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off on this part of the requirement.

b. Describe what kinds of computers or devices you imagine might be available when you are an adult.

Scouts will be required to share their thoughts as this part of the requirement states. Only Scouts who participate actively in the group discussion will be signed off on this part of the requirement. This not a listening only requirement.

 

3. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor how texts, sound, pictures, and videos are digitized for storage.

b. Describe the difference between lossy and lossless data compression, and give an example where each might be used.

c. Describe two digital devices and how they are made more useful by their programming.

d. Discuss the similarities and differences between computers, mobile devices, and gaming consoles.

e. Explain what a computer network is and describe the network's purpose.

Scouts will need to do some research and reading in order to prepare for this requirement.  It is recommended that Scouts make notes of their findings to help show the counselor their efforts in preparing for the class.  These notes can also serve to help Scouts successfully perform their explanation or discussion elements of this requirement. It will be very difficult for Scouts who do not come prepared for this requirement to successfully complete the requirement in the class.

 

4. Do the following:

a. Explain what a program or software application or "app" is and how it is created.

b. Name four software programs or mobile apps you or your family use, and explain how each one helps you.

c. Describe what malware is, and explain how to protect your digital devices and the information stored on them.

While the counselor will help mentor in the class, Scouts should have reviewed the merit badge pamphlet and any other sources they have access to in order to best build their knowledge for completing this requirement in the class.  Scouts will be required to actively partake in providing explanations on all components of this requirement in one-on-one discussion with the counselor and/or with the class group environment.

 

5. Do the following:

a. Describe how digital devices are connected to the Internet.

b. Using an Internet search engine (with your parent's permission), find ideas about how to conduct a troop court of honor or campfire program. Print out a copy of the ideas from at least three different websites. Share what you found with your counselor, and explain how you used the search engine to find this information.

c. Use a Web browser to connect to an HTTPS (secure) website (with your parent's permission). Explain to your counselor how to tell whether the site's security certificate can be trusted, and what it means to use this kind of connection.

While most of this requirement will be completed in the class, Scout's must still do some preparation work.  Ideally bring a note or signed statement from a parent (as a couple of the components reference) validating you have worked on this requirement to the best of your ability prior to the class to prepare for completion.

 

6. Do THREE of the following. For each project you complete, copy the files to a backup device and share the finished projects with your counselor.

a. Using a spreadsheet or database program, develop a food budget for a patrol weekend campout OR create a troop roster that includes the name, rank, patrol, and telephone number of each Scout. Show your counselor that you can sort the roster by each of the following categories: rank, patrol, and alphabetically by name.

b. Using a word processor, write a draft letter to the parents of your troop's Scouts, inviting them to a troop even.

c. Using a graphics program, design and draw a campsite plan for your troop OR create a flyer for an upcoming troop event, incorporating text and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.

d. Using a presentation software program, develop a report about a topic approved by your counselor. For your presentation, create at least five slides, with each one incorporating text, and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.

e. Using a digital device, take a picture of a troop activity.  Send or transfer this image to a device where it can be shared with your counselor.

f. Make a digital recording of your voice, transfer the file to a different device, and have your counselor play back the recording.

g. Create a blog and use it as an online journal of your Scouting activities, including group discussions and meetings, campouts, and other events. Include at least five entries and two photographs or illustrations. Share your blog with your counselor. You need not post the blog to the Internet; however, if you choose to go live with your blog, you must first share it with your parents AND counselor AND get their approval.

h. Create a web page for your troop, patrol, school, or place of worship. Include at least three articles and two photographs or illustrations.  Include at least one link to a website of interest to your audience. You need not post the page to the Internet; however, if you decide to do so, you must first share the Web page with your parents AND counselor AND get their approval.

Scouts will need to come to the class with these items already in the works, if not already completed.  Time will be allotted in the class to review any of these components that Scouts have completed or are nearly completed with for consideration by the counselor for sign off.  Some of the concepts required for these different components may be demonstrated and discussed for general knowledge purposes within the class.

 

7. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor each of these protections and why they exist: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.

b. Explain when it is permissible to accept a free copy of a program from a friend.

c. Discuss with your counselor an article or a news report about a recent legal case involving an intellectual property dispute.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.

 

8. Do TWO of the following:

a. Describe why it is important to properly dispose of digital technology. List at least three dangerous chemicals that could be used to create digital devices or used inside a digital device.

b. Explain to your counselor what is required to become a certified recycler of digital technology hardware or devices.

c. Do an Internet search for an organization that collects discarded digital technology hardware or devices for repurposing or recycling. Find out what happens to that waste. Share with your counselor what you found.

d. Visit a recycling center that disposes of digital technology hardware or devices. Find out what happens to that waste. Share what you learned with your counselor.

e. Find a battery recycling center near you and find out what is does to recycle batteries. Share what you have learned with your counselor about the proper methods for recycling batteries.

Scouts will need to come to the class with these items already in the works, if not already completed.  Time will be allotted in the class to review any of these components that Scouts have completed or are nearly completed with for consideration by the counselor for sign off.  Some of the concepts required for these different components may be demonstrated and discussed for general knowledge purposes within the class.

 

9. Do ONE of the following:

a. Investigate three career opportunities that involve digital technology. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

b. Visit a business or an industrial facility that uses digital technology. Describe four ways digital technology is being used there. Share what you learned with your counselor.

Scouts should review this requirement and choose one of the two components and be prepared to discuss during the class.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015