single event: West County STEM: Programming Merit Badge Workshop
During the programming merit badge workshop scouts will be learning how to write and debug programs using the programming languages of Scratch, Java, and Python. Python coding will be done on a Raspberry Pi mini-computer, scouts will learn how to connect to the Raspberry Pi and modify/debug a function in Python. Scouts will also learn a little about Raspberry Pi peripherals with a brief introduction to programming hardware and circuitry on a breadboard. There will be example programs and functions to use for debugging during the workshop, students are also encouraged to bring in their own programs and functions written in Scratch, Java, and/or Python. Scouts will discuss their research and written portions of the merit badge with a merit counselor; and build on their knowledge of programming and coding, creating and debugging functions, programs, and games.
Link to registration: http://westcountystem.com/registration/
(Approximate length of workshop is 3 hours)
- Strong interest in programming
- Current, up-to-date Cyber Chip Badge
- Bring a laptop (Preferably Windows Operating System, Obtain parent’s permission to install programming software tools during the workshop)
- Print out and review the Programming Badge Workbook. Complete the research and writing portions of sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 prior to the workshop. (Programming Badge Workbooks can be found at http://www.usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/programming.pdf)
- If you are unable to provide a laptop for your scout, please contact us and we can arrange for one to be provided.
- Scouts should be in uniform.