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PROGRAMMING MERIT BADGE

 

 

The Programming Merit Badge will test your math skills as well as your logic skills.  Learn the basics of computer programming while doing this merit badge.

If you like the Programming Merit Badge, consider also doing Digital Technology, Animation, Game Design, or even Chemistry.

 

Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday January 10, 2015

Plymouth, MN

 

8 Scouts

Saturday November 9, 2013

Minneapolis, MN

 

17 Scouts

 

 

 

Created:

2013

 

 

Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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Programming Merit Badge History Page:

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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS

source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition

 

1. Safety. Do the following:

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

b. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that could occur during programming activities, including repetitive stress injuries and eyestrain

 

Earn the Cyber Chip - Earning the Cyber Chip can help you learn how to stay safe while you are online and using social networks or the latest electronic gadgets. Topics include cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, cyberbullying, and identifty theft.  Find out more about the Cyber Chip at www.scouting.org/cyberchip.

 

2. History. Do the following:

a. Give a brief history of programming, including at least three milestones related to the advancement or development of programming

b. Describe the evolution of programming methods and how they have improved over time

 

3. General knowledge. Do the following:

a. Create a list of 10 popular programming languages in use today and describe which industry or industries they are primarily used in and why

b. Describe three different programmed devices you rely on every day

 

4. Intellectual property. Do the following:

a. Explain how software patents and copyrights protect a programmer

b. Describe the difference between licensing and owning software

c. Describe the differences between freeware, open source, and commercial software, and why it is important to respect the terms of use of each

 

5. Projects. Do the following:

a. With your counselorís approval, choose a sample program. Then, as a minimum, modify the code or add a function or subprogram to it. Debug and demonstrate the modified program to your counselor

b. With your counselorís approval, choose a second programming language and development environment, different from those used for requirement 5a and in a different industry from 5a. Then write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program to your counselor, using that language and environment

c. With your counselorís approval, choose a third programming language and development environment, different from those used for requirements 5a and 5b and in a different industry from 5a or 5b. Then write, debug, and demonstrate a functioning program to your counselor, using that language and environment

d. Explain how the programs you wrote for requirements 5a, 5b, and 5c process inputs, how they make decisions based on those inputs, and how they provide outputs based on the decision making

 

The Programming merit badge website, http://www.boyslife.org/programming, has a number of sample programs that you could use for requirement 5a. However, you have the option of finding a program on your own. It's a good idea to seek your merit badge counselor's guidance.

 

6. Careers. Find out about three career opportunities in programming. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required. Discuss this with your counselor and explain why this career might be of interest to you

 

this page last reviewed and updated - January 2016