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Inventing requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #7.


Inventing merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 2010
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 144
Requirements revision: 2010
Latest pamphlet revision: N/A

Contents

Inventing involves finding technological solutions to real-world problems. Inventors understand the importance of inventing to society because they creatively think of ways to improve the lives of others. Explore the world of inventing through this new merit badge, and discover your inner inventiveness.


Inventing requirements

1. In your own words, define inventing. Then do the following:
a. Explain to your merit badge counselor the role of inventors and their inventions in the economic development of the United States.
b. List three inventions and state how they have helped humankind.
2. Do ONE of the following:
a. Identify and interview with a buddy (and with your parent’s permission and merit badge counselor’s approval) an individual in your community who has invented a useful item. Report what you learned to your counselor.
b. Read about three inventors. Select the one you find most interesting and tell your counselor what you learned.
3. Do EACH of the following:
a. Define the term intellectual property. Explain which government agencies oversee the protection of intellectual property, the types of intellectual property that can be protected, how such property is protected, and why protection is necessary.
b. Explain the components of a patent and the different types of patents available.
c. Examine your Scouting gear and find a patent number on a camping item you have used. With your parent’s permission, use the Internet to find out more about that patent. Compare the finished item with the claims and drawings in the patent. Report what you learned to your counselor.
d. Explain to your counselor the term patent infringement.
4. Discuss with your counselor the types of inventions that are appropriate to share with others, and explain why. Tell your counselor about one nonpatented or noncopyrighted invention and its impact on society.
5. Choose a commercially available product that you have used on an overnight camping trip with your troop. Make recommendations for improving the product, and make a sketch that shows your recommendations. Discuss your recommendations with your counselor.
6. Think of an item you would like to invent that would solve a problem for your family, troop, chartered organization, community, or a special-interest group. Then do EACH of the following, while keeping a notebook to record your progress:
a. Talk to potential users of your invention and determine their needs. Then, based on what you have learned, write a statement describing the invention and how it would help solve a problem. This statement should include detailed sketch of the invention.
b. Create a model of the invention using clay, cardboard, or any other readily available material. List the materials necessary to build a prototype of the invention.
c. Share the idea and the model with your counselor and potential users of your invention. Record their feedback in your notebook.
7. Build a working prototype of the item you invented for requirement 6*. Test and evaluate the invention. Among the aspects to consider in your evaluation are cost, usefulness, marketability, appearance, and function. Describe how your original vision and expectations for your invention are similar or dissimilar to the prototype you built. Have your counselor evaluate and critique your prototype.
  • Before you begin building the prototype, you must have your counselor’s approval, based on the design and building plans you have already shared.
8. Do ONE of the following:
a. Participate with a club or team (robotics team, science club, or engineering club) that builds a useful item. Share your experience with your counselor.
b. Visit a museum or exhibit dedicated to an inventor or invention, and create a presentation of your visit to share with a group such as your troop or patrol.
9. Discuss with your counselor the diverse skills, education, training, and experience it takes to be an inventor. Discuss how you can prepare yourself to be creative and inventive to solve problems at home, in school, and in your community. Discuss three career fields that might utilize the skills of an inventor.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
scoutingmagazine.org, revised June 17, 2010 Edition (BSA Supply No. N/A)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Inventing is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Inventing requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.


Requirement resources

  • Slide show covering many of the requirements for the Inventing Merit Badge. Great for a Merit Badge clinic, or someone wanting to study for the Merit Badge or Inventing - PDF SlideShare

1. Definition of "Inventing" – Websters Dictionary -Wikipedia
1.a. Intellectual Property & Economic Growth

2.b. Inventions named for their inventors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inventions_named_after_people

3.a. Intellectual property definition: US Commerce Commission - Websters Dictionary - Wikipedia

3.b. Components of a patent specification:

3.c. Google Patent Search (keep hiting Refresh to see many famous patents)

3.d. Patent infringement
4. Wikipedia-Patentability Requirements

6. & 7. Quick Invention Ideas

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See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

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