Digital Technology Merit Badge

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Course Description

This course includes content so that you can complete almost all of the requirements to get the Digital Technology Merit Badge.

Below are the list of requirements for the Electronics Merit Badge

Requirements:

  1. Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.
  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
    parent’s, grandparent’s, or other adult’s lifetime.
    b. Describe the kinds of computers or devices you imagine
    might be available when you are an adult.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor how text, 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.
  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.
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  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.
  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 event.
    c. Using a graphics program, design and draw a campsite
    plan for your troop OR create a flier 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 the picture can be shared with your counselor.
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    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.
  7. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor each of these protections
    and why they exist: copyright, patents, trademarks,
    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.
  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.
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    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 it does to recycle batteries. Share what you have
    learned with your counselor about the proper methods
    for recycling batteries.
  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
    this 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.