29 April 2017

2013-2014 Rose-Hulman Merit Badge Series

Sponsored by the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity. Matthew Welmers, Merit badge coordinator.

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All Merit Badge sessions will be held on the Rose-Hulman campus, 5500 Wabash Ave. Here is a map. Check-in 8:30 am at Hadley Circle (Location O on the map). Sessions start promptly at 9:00 am. Campus cafeteria lunch available for $6.00. Sessions will end around 3:00 pm. If a scout must leave for a portion of the badge, alert the counselor in advance to set up an appointment to complete missed requirements.

Registration for each badge opens thirty days prior to the event. Enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. When a badge opens, a link to register will appear in the date column below. Click that link to register.

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Each scout must bring a blue card and signed waiver.

Description of levels
Designed to be at an elementary school level. Projects are very structured. Mathematical knowledge and writing level assumed to be at a 5th grade level. More advanced scouts may wish to arrange a separate meeting with the counselor as the material may move a bit slowly.
Badges offered at a middle-school level. Projects are more open-ended, though guidance is provided. Mathematical elements may be presented with algebra, but students can still meet the requirements with arithemetic. students expected to write at a middle school level.
Designed principally for middle and high schoolers. Large, open-ended projects replace considerable portions of the lecture. Elementary school students may find these to be particularly taxing.
Rose-level! These badges revolve around complex projects that students design themselves. A firm understanding of algebra is a must. The small class sizes ensure that individual attention can be given to everyone. Students are expected to be able to efficiently complete large projects in a group or individually.

Merit Badge

Fire Safety 28 September 2013

15 /30
The use of fire is essential to human survival. Scouts will learn how to use fire safely and responsibly, how to prevent home fires, and most importantly, how to handle fire in a safe manner as well as burn prevention and camping safety. We will also talk about the science behind fires and whether materials are combustible or not.

Chemistry 26 October 2013

30 /30
An introduction to chemical theory and molecular structures. Nature of chemical changes and reactions. Role of chemistry in everyday life. Use of an MSDS. A Cartesian diver will be constructed to study gas laws. Laboratory studies chemical changes.

Medicine 2 November 2013

An overview of the 'healing arts' scouts learn about influential members of the medical field. Scouts will also discuss the Hippocratic Oath and its application to modern medicine. Several disciplines of medicine will be discussed. Scouts will also talk about the various parts of a medical physical and their role in medicine. A mini health fair will be conducted.

Engineering 14 December 2013

An introduction to how the various fields of engineering contribute to everyday life. Educational requirements and the engineering code of ethics. Scouts will employ engineering methods to complete a design project.

Robotics 18 January 2014

Introduction to robotics, commercial use of robots. A substantial project will be used to learn about the design of robots. Each scout will construct a complete robot to alccomplish a simple task. Programming experience is strongly recommended. If needed a programming help course is available. Email if interested

Public Speaking 18 January 2014

Public speaking is an inevitalbe part of life; practice will be provided in the form of a variety of topics. Part of the badge is a longer (8-10 mins) practiced speech that has been outlined and is on a topic of your choice. Before applying please provide the outline for the speech in an understandable format. Space is mostly time limited and scouts must be prepared to spend 99% of the badge talking.

Drafting 25 January 2014

History of drafting, scouts will learn how to both draft by hand as well as use computer software to design mechanical parts. Additionally scouts will practice the art of lettering in drafting and prepare a title block for each drawing they complete.

Architecture 25 January 2014

Scouts will study architectural design as well as investigate sustanibility in modern architechture. Additionally scouts will study architectural styles and practice what they've learned by finding varios styles around campus. Registering for Drafting automatically registers you for Architecture.

Pulp & Paper 8 February 2014

Paper is an integral part of modern life; scouts will have an opportunity to learn about where paper comes from, how paper is made and recycled, and what goes on during the paper making process. Scouts will also be making their own sheet of paper to take home and keep.

Chess 22 March 2014

The game of chess has a long history. Scouts will learn about the various parts to a chess game, the variety of styles of play and the endless possibilities with in the game itself. Scouts are expected to know how to play and be able to finish a game in ~30 minutes on average.

Aviation 6 April 2014

The first half of the day will cover the theory of air travel. Scouts will construct a model aircraft. A quick look into a virtual cockpit will provide the scouts a familiarity with the instrument panel. After lunch, a tour of the Terre Haute International Airport will demonstrate the operation of a small airport. Scouts MUST arrange their own transportation, as a Rose student cannot legally drive a scout during a Rose-sponsored event.

Space Exploration 10 May 2014

History and purpose of space exploration. Introduction to the physical principles behind propulsion and orbit. Scouts will construct and launch a model rocket. $12.00 fee per scout, to be paid upon arrival. If a scout brings his own rocket and fuel, the fee will be waived. If planning on bringing own rocket please inform counselor of necessary materials required to build.

Hi! I, Matthew Welmers, am wholly responsible for the content of this website. If you have any questions, shoot me an e-mail or Skype me. Your friendly liaison at the scout shop is Debbie Morgan. She's the one to talk to about paperwork. Oh, thanks to everyone who voted on the badges. Your input is greatly appreciated. I designed this website with KompoZer. I highly recommend it! It's available for free on Linux, I'm not sure if there's a Windows version.