New Computer Merit Badge Requiremebts
Bruce D. Nelson 67890 (nelson@PPD.KODAK.COM)
Thu, 19 Aug 1993 12:42:44 EDT
The new Computer MB book showed up at our Scout Office. No longer do
the Scouts need to find a punch card or draw a flowchart, or know the
difference between analog and digital computers. In fact none of those
appear in the new book.
Here's the new requirements. The note at the bottom of the page says:
"These requirements are effective September 1, 1993. Until then, either these
requirements or the previous requirements may be used."
1. Give a short history of computers. Describe the major parts of a computer
system. Give four different uses of computers.
2. Do the following.
a. Tell what a program is and how it is developed.
b. Give three examples of programming languages and what types of
programming they are used for.
c. Describe a source program and an object program.
3. Show how the following may be stored in computer memory: text, numbers,
pictures, and sound.
4. Do THREE of the following:`
a. Use a database manager to create a troop roster, providing name, rank,
patrol, and telephone number of each Scout. Sort the register by rank,
by patrol, and alphabetically by name.
b. Use a spreadsheet program to develop a weekend campout food budget for
c. Use a word processor to write a letter to parents of your troop's Scouts,
inviting them to a court of honor. Use the mail merge feature to make a
personalized copy of the letter for each family.
d. Use a computer graphics program to design and draw a campsite plan for
5. Do TWO of the following:
a. Visit a business or industry that uses computers. Study what the
computer accomplishes and be prepared to discuss what you observed.
b. Use a computer attached to a local area network or equipped with a
modem to connect to a computer network or bulletin-board service
such as Prodigy, CompuServe, or America Online. Send a message to
someone on the network or download a program or file from the network.
c. Use a general-purpose programming language to write a program
application of your choice, subject to approval by ypur counselor.
6. Be prepared to discuss several terms used in the floowing categories:
a. Input/output devices
b. Storage media
d. Processors and co-processors
g. Electronic Mail
7. Be prepared to discuss various jobs in the computer field.
8. Is it permissible to accept a free copy of a computer game or program from
a friend? Why or wby not?
9. Describe several ways in which you or your family could use a personal
computer other than for games and recreation.
Bruce Nelson | Phone: (716) 726-7890
Rochester Distributed Computer Services | Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
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