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Engineering Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
links for each requirement and to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Engineering is a fun, hands-on Merit badge.
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This is the Boy Scout Engineering Merit Badge.
Webelos Scouts can earn the Engineer Activity Badge.
Engineering requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #1.
Engineering and other award requirements were revised on January 1, 2009.


Engineering merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1967
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 046
Requirements revision: 2009
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents


Engineering requirements

  1. Select a manufactured item in your home (such as a toy or an appliance) and, under adult supervision and with the approval of your counselor, investigate how and why it works as it does. Find out what sort of engineering activities were needed to create it. Discuss with your counselor what you learned and how you got the information.
  2. Select an engineering achievement that has had a major impact on society. Using resources such as the Internet (with your parent's permission), books, and magazines, find out about the engineers who made this engineering feat possible, the special obstacles they had to overcome, and how this achievement has influenced the world today. Tell your counselor what you learned.
  3. Explain the work of six types of engineers. Pick two of the six and explain how their work is related.
  4. Visit with an engineer (who may be your counselor or parent) and do the following:
    a. Discuss the work this engineer does and the tools the engineer uses.
    b. Discuss with the engineer a current project and the engineer’s particular role in it.
    c. Find out how the engineer’s work is done and how results are achieved.
    d. Ask to see the reports that the engineer writes concerning the project.
    e. Discuss with your counselor what you learned about engineering from this visit.
  5. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Use the systems engineering approach to make step-by-step plans for your next campout. List alternative ideas for such items as program schedule, campsites, transportation, and costs. Tell why you made the choices you did and what improvements were made.
    b. Make an original design for a piece of patrol equipment. Use the systems engineering approach to help you decide how it should work and look. Draw plans for it. Show the plans to your counselor, explain why you designed it the way you did, and explain how you would make it.
  6. Do TWO of the following:
    a. Transforming motion. Using common material or a construction set, make a simple model that will demonstrate motion. Explain how the model uses basic mechanical concepts like levers and inclined planes to demonstrate motion. Describe an example where this mechanism is used in a real product.
    b. Using electricity. Make a list of 10 electrical appliances in your home. Find out approximately how much electricity each uses in one month. Learn how to find out the amount and cost of electricity used in your home during periods of light and heavy use. List five ways to conserve electricity.
    c. Understanding electronics. Using an electronic device such as a mobile telephone or portable digital media player, find out how sound travels from one location to another. Explain how the device was designed for ease of use, function, and durability.
    d. Using materials. Do experiments to show the differences in strength and heat conductivity in wood, metal, and plastic. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
    e. Converting energy. Do an experiment to show how mechanical, heat, chemical, solar, and/or electrical energy may be converted from one or more types of energy to another. Explain your results. Describe to your counselor what energy is and how energy is converted and used in your surroundings.
    f. Moving people. Find out the different ways people in your community get to work. Make a study of traffic flow (number of vehicles and relative speed) in both heavy and light traffic periods. Discuss with your counselor what might be improved to make it easier for people in your community to get where they need to go.
    g. Building an engineering project. Enter a project in a science or engineering fair or similar competition. (This requirement may be met by participation on an engineering competition project team.) Discuss with your counselor what your project demonstrates, the kinds of questions visitors to the fair asked you about it, and how well were you able to answer their questions.
  7. Explain what it means to be a registered Professional Engineer (PE). Name the types of engineering work for which registration is most important?
  8. Study the Engineer's Code of Ethics. Explain how it is like the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  9. Find out about three career opportunities in engineering. Pick one and research the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Engineering is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Engineering requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. The BSA Engineering Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Engineering as one of your monthly themes.

Requirement resources

Greatest Engineering Achievements
Recommended High School Courses for Engineering Colleges:
Berkley
Iowa State
MIT
Purdue
Stanford
University of Illinois

Related awards

Profession Awards

Profession-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


External links

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