Computer Merit Badge Requirements
Jessica A. Ryan (ryanja@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 29 Dec 1993 19:20:37 CST
I think Rick was talking about the requirements for the Computer Merit
Badge. I picked them up to use some of the ideas in some lesson
planning I was doing this past semester. The front of the book says
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 your patrol.
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 personlized copy of the letter
for each family.
d. Use a computer graphics program to design and draw a campsite
plan for your troop.
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
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 netword 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 your
6. Be prepared to discuss several terms used in each of the following
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 why not?
9. Describe several ways in which you and your family could use a
personal computer other than for games and recreation.
Hope this helps whoever needed it...Happy New Years!!
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