100+ merit badges earned at Boy Scout Merit Badge Round-Up

More than 140 Boy Scouts from 27 local troops attended the third annual MCC-Business & Technology Boy Scout Merit Badge Round-Up Saturday, February 8, 2014. More than 50 parents, troop leaders, and industry experts volunteered to help with the Boy Scout Merit Badge Round-Up, and nearly two dozen were MCC employees.
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Boy Scouts had the opportunity to earn merit badges in several areas including: welding, computers, drafting, metal work, electronics, geocaching, nuclear science, radio, robotics, and traffic safety.
Opportunities to earn certain Boy Scout merit badges are limited because of logistics, equipment, and instructional expertise.  For instance, welding, robotics, and metal work merit badges require highly-specialized and expensive tools.  By organizing experts in nuclear science, drafting, electronics, welsding etc., and allowing access to the high-tech labs at MCC-BT, we provide area Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges that may have been logistically impossible without this annual workshop.
Opportunities to earn certain Boy Scout merit badges are limited because of logistics, equipment, and instructional expertise. For instance, welding, robotics, and metal work merit badges require highly-specialized and expensive tools. By organizing experts in nuclear science, drafting, electronics, welding etc., and allowing access to the high-tech labs at MCC-BT, we provide area Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges that may have been logistically impossible without this annual workshop.
Scouts earning the Metal Work merit badge started the day with lecture, safety and an overview of the sheet metal career field.  They spent the second half of the workshop in the lab laying out, cutting and bending sheet metal into the shape of a dust pan.
Scouts earning the Metal Work merit badge started the day with lecture, safety and an overview of the sheet metal career field. They spent the second half of the workshop in the lab to lay out, cut, and bend sheet metal into the shape of a dust pan.
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To earn the Drafting merit badge, Scouts had to disassemble a Lego object, measure and draw each piece, and create step-by-step directions for reassembling the object.
Scouts earning the Radio merit badge learned about short and long radio waves, modulation, and broadcast before building a radio in the afternoon.
Scouts earning the Radio merit badge learned about short and long radio waves, modulation, and broadcast before building a radio in the afternoon.  MCC-BT Dean of Instruction, Tom Wheeler, explains the difference between digital and analog signals.
The Traffic Safety merit badge workshop incorporates safe driving practices and vehicle maintenance.  Above, Scouts learn how to use a penny to measure tire tread depth.
The Traffic Safety merit badge workshop incorporates safe driving practices and vehicle maintenance. Above, Scouts learn how to use a penny to measure tire tread depth.
During lunch, scouts had the opportunity to learn about MCC-BT programs through interactive displays setup around the Exhibit Hall.
During lunch, scouts had the opportunity to learn about MCC-BT programs through interactive displays setup around the Exhibit Hall.  The most popular exhibit was a Van de Graaff generator, which is a big metal ball that generates static electricity.  When a person touches the metal ball, the machine releases its static charge as an electric shock.
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During the afternoon break, Scouts had the opportunity to learn about our Lineman program and  take a ride in a utility bucket truck. Although temperatures were cold, Scouts were willing to stand in line to ride in the bucket 40 foot up with Susan Blaser, Lineman Program Coordinator.