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<center><big>[[Inventing]] [[Merit Badge]] requirement resources include the [[Media:{{PAGENAME}}.pdf|Merit Badge Worksheet]] {{PDF}}, <br> links, and links to related [[Merit Badges]] and [[Boy Scout]] [[Awards]].<br> [[Inventing]] is a brand new [[Merit Badge]]!</big> &nbsp;<span style="border: 1px outset Khaki; background:LemonChiffon;">&nbsp;[[Insect Study|<small>◄ </small>Prev]]&nbsp;</span> - <span style="border: 1px outset #FFB; background: #DFC;">&nbsp;[[Journalism|Next<small> ►</small>]]&nbsp;</span></center><br>{{Alert|'''NOTICE:''' The [[Inventing]] Merit Badge was released on June 17, 2010. But, the [http://www.scouting.org/jamboree/sitecore/content/home/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-inventing.aspx numbering format] they posted is messed up.<br />'''''In the meantime, you'll find the correct numbering format here.'''''}}{{Info|'''{{PAGENAME}}''' requires [[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|prior counselor approval]] for requirement #7.}}
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|quote=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.
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==Official References==
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* [http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/06/inventing-mb.html Scouting Magazine, Cracker Barrel article] &mdash; June 17, 2010
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* [http://www.scouting.org/jamboree/sitecore/content/home/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-inventing.aspx Scouting.Org, Inventing Merit Badge] &mdash; June 17, 2010
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* 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 - [http://www.slideshare.net/jimmckeeth/inventing-merit-badge/download PDF] [http://www.slideshare.net/jimmckeeth/inventing-merit-badge SlideShare]
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'''1.''' Definition of "Inventing" – [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inventing Websters Dictionary] -[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inventing Wikipedia] <br>
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'''1.a.''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property#Economic_growth Intellectual Property & Economic Growth]
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* [http://invention.lifetips.com/cat/64059/kids-and-inventions/index.html Famous Inventions By Kids]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_american_contributions Native American Inventions:] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe Adobe] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chewing_gum Chewing Gum] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate Chocolate] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maize Corn (maize)] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornmeal Cornmeal] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammocks Hammocks] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hockey Hockey] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igloos Igloos] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak Kayak]- [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maracas Maracas] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moccasins Moccasins] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popcorn Popcorn] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato_chips Potato chips] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salsa_(sauce) Salsa] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinning_top Spinning Top] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortillas Tortillas]<br>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_inventions Famous US Inventions]
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'''2.b.''' Inventions named for their inventors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inventions_named_after_people
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* Prolific Inventors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_prolific_inventors
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* Famous Inventors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inventors
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'''3.a.''' Intellectual property definition: [http://www.stopfakes.gov/sf_what.asp US Commerce Commission] - [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intellectual%20property Websters Dictionary] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property Wikipedia]
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* US Patent and Trademark Office: http://www.uspto.gov/
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* Types of intellectual property: http://www.stopfakes.gov/sf_what.asp - http://uvapf.org/ip - http://www.abanet.org/intelprop/4types.html - http://www.inventorbasics.com/IP%20Options.htm
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:* Webster's Dictionary: [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copyright Copyright] - [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patent Patent] - [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade_secret Trade secret] - [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trademark Trademark]
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:* Wikipedia: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright Copyright] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent Patent] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_secret Trade secret] - [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark Trademark]
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* [http://www.stopfakes.gov/sf_who.asp Protection of Intellectual Property]
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* [http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf Copyright Basics] - [http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ22.pdf Copyright Protection]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utility_patent#Enforcement Wikipedia Patent Enforcement]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Licensing/Protecting%20the%20Brand/Boy%20Scouts%20of%20America%20Trademark%20Listing.aspx Boy Scout Trademarks]
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'''3.b.''' Components of a patent specification:
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* [http://www.patentlens.net/daisy/patentlens/2341.html From PatentLens]
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* [http://inventors.about.com/od/patentsbasics/a/Specifications.htm About.com Specification Section Headings]
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* Three Types of patents: [http://www.uspto.gov/patents/index.jsp US Patent Office] [http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/patdesc.htm Details]
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'''3.c.''' [http://www.google.com/patents Google Patent Search] (keep hitting Refresh to see many famous patents)
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* [http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/patimg.htm US Patent Office Patent Number Search]
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* [http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/kids/kidsearch.html US Patent Office Simple Patent Seach]
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'''3.d.''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_infringement Patent infringement]<br>
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'''4. ''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patentability Wikipedia-Patentability Requirements]<br>
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* [http://inventors.about.com/od/applicationforms/a/Patentable.htm Is it patentable?]
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* [http://inventors.about.com/od/copyrights101basicsfaq/f/copyright_no.htm What is non-copyrightable?] <br>
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'''6.''' & '''7.''' Quick Invention Ideas<br>
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* [http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/kids/index.html US Patent Office Fun Inventing - Kids' Pages]
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* [http://www.noogenesis.com/inventing/pencil/pencil_page.html Pencil Invention Ideas]
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* [http://kids.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Invention_Ideas_for_Kids More fun invention ideas]
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* [http://pbskids.org/designsquad PBS Kids Design Squad]
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* Make Magazine: http://makezine.com
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* Inventors Digest: http://www.inventorsdigest.com
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* Free Patents Online: http://www.freepatentsonline.com
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* Howtoons: http://www.howtoons.com
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* MIT Invention Program: http://web.mit.edu/invent
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* U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: http://www.uspto.gov
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* 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 - [http://www.slideshare.net/jimmckeeth/inventing-merit-badge/download PDF] [http://www.slideshare.net/jimmckeeth/inventing-merit-badge SlideShare]
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* [http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/06/inventing-mb.html Scouting Magazine, Cracker Barrel article] — June 17, 2010
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* [http://www.scouting.org/jamboree/sitecore/content/home/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-inventing.aspx Scouting.Org, Inventing Merit Badge] — June 17, 2010
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Inventing merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 2010
Replaced: Invention
BSA Advancement ID: 144
Requirements revision: 2017
Latest pamphlet revision: 2016

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 merit badge requirements

  1. In your own words, define inventing. Then do the following:
    1. Explain to your merit badge counselor the role of inventors and their inventions in the economic development of the United States.
    2. List three inventions and state how they have helped humankind.
  2. Do ONE of the following:
    1. 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.
    2. Read about three inventors. Select the one you find most interesting and tell your counselor what you learned.
  3. Do EACH of the following:
    1. 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.
    2. Explain the components of a patent and the different types of patents available.
    3. 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.
    4. 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 unpatented 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  8. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Participate with a club or team (robotics team, science club, or engineering club) that builds a useful item. Share your experience with your counselor.
    2. 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.

* Before you begin building the prototype, you must have your counselor’s approval, based on the design and building plans you have already shared.


The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Inventing is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Inventing requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Inventing merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent approval for requirement(s) #2a, 3c, & 7.
The Inventing merit badge is an option for the Whoosh!, Next Big Thing, Harris Bronze Supernova, and Edison Silver Supernova STEM Nova Awards.

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 hitting Refresh to see many famous patents)

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

6. & 7. Quick Invention Ideas

Related awards

Profession-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information


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