Read the article The Story of Scouts and Inventions at the American Textile History Museum about the Inventing Badge at ATHM from the spring edition of the Museum’s publication Textile Times.
Boy Scouts participate in the Inventing Badge at ATHM.
"This is a wonderful program that the Museum offers the Scouting community, enabling these boys and girls to develop important skills while learning about the world and building self esteem. We are always impressed during our visits here and we will definitely be returning again."
— Karen Baird, Troop Leader, Troop 8, Peterborough, N.H.
In this fun, hands-on program Scouts learn about inventions, inventors, and patents. They also build a prototype, “sell” their idea to their fellow scouts, and record a commercial on the museum's interactive video station. Our program fulfills requirements (1a, 1b, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, 5, 6a, 6b, 6c, 7, 8b, 9) to complete the badge. Our educators are registered BSA Invention Badge counselors. Scouts should bring their blue cards for sign-off at the end of the program.
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Our educators are registered BSA Textile Merit Badge counselors. Scouts should bring their blue cards for sign-off by their instructor at the end of the program. Our program fulfills all requirements needed to complete the badge (#1, 2A,B,C,D, 3A,C,D, 4,5,6), including defining and discussing textile terminology and the importance of textiles, identifying characteristics of textile fibers, and learning about how textiles are processed, ecological concerns, and modern career options. This is a FUN program which also includes lots of hands-on activities like trying to weave on a table loom, knitting, examining with magnifying glasses, and making felted hackey sacks to take home.
Come and learn about the exciting work of engineers! Scouts will examine objects to explore how they were engineered. They will learn about the lives of established engineers and consider how their work influences the world around them, including work leading to the development of Kevlar, a revolutionary type of fiber. Utilizing engineering skills they've discovered along the way, they will design and create a marble shoot. Our educators are registered BSA Invention Badge counselors. Scouts should bring their blue cards for sign-off at the end of the program.
Scouts will learn how paper is made, used in almost every aspect of our daily lives, and recycled. The history of paper and the materials traditionally used in its construction will be explored. Students will make recycled paper from a variety of sources including scraps, newspapers, and junk mail. The program includes a video viewing of paper recycling facilities. Scouts will cover all requirements needed to earn this badge.
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