Re: New Computer Merit Badge Requiremebts
Doug Hellmann (hellmann@USCEAST.CS.SCAROLINA.EDU)
Thu, 19 Aug 1993 15:02:47 -0400
> 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.
Thank God. As a Computer Science student, I'm glad to see some upgraded
requirements for this badge. Did anyone catch the column in PC Week,
I think on the 9th?, by Peter Coffee? He had some very constructive
criticisms of the requirements. I'm glad to see that a lot of the
changes he suggested were implemented. I wonder if he had some sort
of advance knowledge or involvement with the writing?
> 5. Do TWO of the following:
> 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.
Too bad they don't mention the Internet and Usenet here. It seems that
it would be a good idea to talk about the new "information infrastructure"
and "data super-highway". :-)
> 6. Be prepared to discuss several terms used in the floowing categories:
> a. Input/output devices
> b. Storage media
> c. Memory
> d. Processors and co-processors
> e. Modems
> f. Networks
> g. Electronic Mail
> h. Robotics
Where is programming theory here? They talked about languages and their
uses, but what about simple constrol and data structures? Object
orientation vs. modularization?
> 8. Is it permissible to accept a free copy of a computer game or program from
> a friend? Why or wby not?
I'd like to see if the handbook discusses freeware, shareware, etc.
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