Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Engineering Merit Badge






  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 materials 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
        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. 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.

Engineering Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.