(Discover Science and Technology)
Written by Charlotte (R) Duke, Eagle
(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)
Penguins: Do 3 requirements including the one starred *.
____ 1*. Learn what an invention is, and what an inventor is. Learn about one inventor and their most famous invention, such as Thomas Edison, who invented the light bulb, or Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone.
Otters: Do 4 requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Penguin requirement 1, but be able to name at least 2 inventors and their most important inventions.
____ 2*. Read a book about a famous inventor such as Samuel Morse, who invented the telegraph. Find out if they invented other things that are not as well-known.
Dolphins: Do 5 requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2, but be able to name at least 3 inventors.
____ 2*. Make a timeline of famous inventions. You must have at least 10 items on your timeline. Show it to your family or Troop.
Butterflies: Do 6 requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2, but you must have at least 15 items on your timeline, and be able to name at least 4 inventors.
____ 2*. Learn what a patent is, and what it takes to get one. Research the history of the U. S. Patent Office, and where the patent records are kept. Find objects in your home that have patent numbers on them. Tell your family or Troop what you learned.
Eagles: Do 7 requirements including the two starred *.
____ 1*. Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2, but be able to name at least 5 inventors and have at least 20 items on your timeline.
____ 2 *. Learn about 5 women inventors, such as Jacqueline Cochran or Mary Anderson. Tell your family or Troop what you learned.
Owls: Do 9 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
____3. Watch a documentary or a movie about an inventor or invention.
____4. Create a list of pithy quotations from different inventors, such as “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration” – Thomas Edison. (Penguins must have 1 quotation, Otters and Dolphins, 3, Butterflies and Eagles, 5, and Owls, 7)
____5. Draw a picture of your favorite invention. Be sure to include all its parts. Explain what it does and why it is your favorite.
____6. Find pictures of different inventions and make a collage. Show it to your family or Troop.
____7. Earn the Diligence merit badge. Explain why diligence is necessary for inventors.
____ 8. Read a biography of a famous inventor, and be able to state a significant fact about them.
____ 9. Earn the Perseverance merit badge. Explain why perseverance is necessary for inventors.
____ 10. Write a report on an inventor and share it with your family or Troop.
____ 11. Learn how different inventors planned their days. Tell your family or Troop what you learned. Would you like to have a day planned the way any of them planned theirs? Why or why not?
____ 12. Make a scrapbook page about your favorite inventor and his inventions. Show it to your family or Troop. Include pictures, quotations, facts, etc.
____ 13. Create your own wacky invention, such as a monkey-powered banana peeler. You may draw a picture of it or create it/a model of it in any medium you wish, such as toothpicks and marshmallows, Legos, K-Nex, Erector sets, etc.