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- Select some 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.
- Select an engineering achievement that has had a
major impact on society. Use the resources available to you to research it.
Tell your counselor about the engineer(s) who made it possible, the special
obstacles they had to overcome, and how this achievement has influenced the
- Explain the work of six types of engineers. Pick two
of the six and explain how their work is related.
- Visit with an engineer (who may be your counselor or
parent) and do the following:
- Discuss the work this engineer does and the tools
the engineer uses.
- Discuss with the engineer a current project and the
engineer’s particular role in it.
- Find out how the engineer’s work is done and how
results are achieved.
- Ask to see the reports that the engineer writes
concerning the project.
- Discuss with your counselor what you learned about
engineering from this visit.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Use the engineering-systems 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.
- Make an original design for a piece of patrol
equipment. Use the engineering-systems 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
- Do TWO of the following:
- Transforming motion. Using common material
or a construction set, make a simple model that will demonstrate
transforming motion. How does this make use of basic mechanical concepts
like levers and inclined planes? Describe an example where this mechanism is
used in a real product.
- 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.
- Using materials. Do experiments to show the
differences in strength and heat conductivity in wood, plastic, and metal.
Discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
- 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 surroundings.
- 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.
- Science fair. Build an engineering project
for a science or engineering fair or similar competition, and enter it.
(This requirement may be met by participation on an engineering competition
project team.) Discuss with your counselor what your project demonstrates
and what kind of questions visitors to the fair asked you about it. How well
were you able to answer their questions.
- Find out what high school courses you need to take to
be admitted to an engineering college. Find out what other subjects would be
helpful in preparing for an engineering career.
- Explain what it means for an engineer to be a
registered Professional Engineer (P.E.). In what types of engineering work is
registration most important?
- Study the Engineer’s Code of Ethics Explain how this
is like the Scout Oath and Scout Law.