The EnergyExplorium will be hosting its second virtual merit badge event – this time we will be offering the energy merit badge.
Registration is limited to the first 35 participants.
NOTE: Please be sure to have your scoutmaster sign your blue card before submitting it to me. A fillable blue card will be sent to participants.
Complete the following BEFORE June 19 to receive credit for this badge:
1a. With your parent’s permission, use the internet to find a blog, podcast, website, or an article on the use or conservation of energy. Discuss with your counselor what details in the article were interesting to you, the questions it raises, and what ideas it addresses that you do not understand.
1b. After you have completed requirements 2 through 8, revisit your source for requirement la. Explain to your counselor what you have learned in completing the requirements that helps you better understand the article.
2b. Construct a system that makes at least two energy conversions and explain this to your counselor.
4. Conduct an energy audit of your home. Keep a 14 day log that records what you and your family did to reduce energy use. Include the following in your report and, after the 14 day period, discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
4a. List the types of energy used in your home such as electricity, wood, oil, liquid petroleum, and natural gas, and tell how each is delivered and measured, and the current cost; OR record the transportation fuel used, miles driven, miles per gallon, and trips using your family car or another vehicle.
4b. Describe ways you and your family can use energy resources more wisely. In preparing your discussion, consider the energy required for the things you do and use on a daily basis (cooking, showering, using lights, driving, watching TV, using the computer). Explain what is meant by sustainable energy sources. Explain how you can change your energy use through reuse and recycling.
5. In a notebook, identify and describe five examples of energy waste in your school or community. Suggest in each case possible ways to reduce this waste. Describe the idea of trade offs in energy use. In your response, do the following:
a. Explain how the changes you suggest would lower costs, reduce pollution, or otherwise improve your community.
b. Explain what changes to routines, habits, or convenience are necessary to reduce energy waste. Tell why people might resist the changes you suggest.
A fillable blue card will be shared with participants who have registered for the event.
A meeting link will automatically be sent to the registrant’s email address. Be sure to download Microsoft Teams for free prior to the event.