[EMS Discuss] Merit badges idea

Bob Miller EMAIL HIDDEN
Sun Oct 21 12:54:52 PDT 2012


Adafruit has some "skill badges", a similar idea.  Most of their
badges are embroidered patches, not skill demos.

http://www.adafruit.com/category/70

On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM, Ben Hallert <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
> I like the idea of defining skill goals and letting members determine
> to their own criteria when they've met them.  We're all harsher
> self-critics than we'd ever be of anyone else, especially when the
> product of our self-certification (the badge) is on public display
> alongside everyone else's!  :)
>
> Plus, if someone is self-deluded as to their ability, it'll show in
> the final result and they'll be self-announcing their actual skill.
>
> - Ben
>
>
> On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM, Rick Osgood <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>> I think this is a cool idea.  One question I have though is how does one
>> determine when they earn a badge?  For example I've practiced welding a few
>> times but I do not consider myself worthy of earning a welding badge because
>> I still can't do it properly.  I'm not sure if anyone at the shop would
>> consider themselves skilled enough to give others a merit badge for this (or
>> other) skills.  Thoughts on that?  Do we just award ourselves in those cases
>> based on like an honor system?  Does one merit badge holder award another
>> member a merit badge?
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 7:55 PM, Scott <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>>
>>> Some for use of skill, some for less direct things?  Thinking of helping
>>> solve an issue in community, teaching a skill, creative use of ???
>>>
>>> Size- if each badge was about a 2 inch square, a 1' x 2'  gives 72 slots.
>>> Have a portion of the top center with a little bio & pict - would also keep
>>> similar look to periodic table.  Could even have the shells that are on the
>>> bottom represent projects made.
>>>
>>> Scott
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On Sep 30, 2012, at 7:38 PM, Ben Hallert - Vipmail <EMAIL HIDDEN>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> > Neat idea, I'm wondering if it'd be difficult to avoid taking up too
>>> > much space.
>>> >
>>> > Ideas for more badges?
>>> >
>>> > - Ben
>>> >
>>> > On Sep 30, 2012, at 7:07 PM, Scott <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >> What about a kind of periodic table of Makerness - location of object
>>> >> would specify which skill.  This would let each one take more of a personal
>>> >> feel.
>>> >>
>>> >> Sent from my iPhone
>>> >>
>>> >> On Sep 29, 2012, at 5:47 PM, Ben Hallert - Vipmail <EMAIL HIDDEN>
>>> >> wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >>> Nice ideas!  For the lockpick badge, maybe they pick one of a box of
>>> >>> keyless padlocks and attach it to a loop on the sash.  :)
>>> >>>
>>> >>> - Ben
>>> >>>
>>> >>> On Sep 29, 2012, at 5:34 PM, Kassandra Kaplan
>>> >>> <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>> >>>
>>> >>>> I'm very interested.
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>> I like the idea about making the badges yourself, but have a few
>>> >>>> concerns about aesthetic and the practically of badges for skills that do
>>> >>>> not create displayables.
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>> Perhaps we can work to design badges for skills and encourage the
>>> >>>> earners to modify them using the skill the badge represents using their
>>> >>>> creativity.  Example: a person gets a scroll saw badge. They dismiss cutting
>>> >>>> it in two because its being done a lot and decides to scrolls gear teeth
>>> >>>> into it.
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>> Each badge would create a challenge!
>>> >>>> A lock smith badge is earned, how would you show you skill on that
>>> >>>> badge?
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>> I would be willing to design, help design, produce badges and/or
>>> >>>> other wise help out.
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>> どうぞおげんきで
>>> >>>> Kassie
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>> On Sep 29, 2012, at 2:52 PM, Ben Hallert - Vipmail <EMAIL HIDDEN>
>>> >>>> wrote:
>>> >>>>
>>> >>>>> Hi guys,
>>> >>>>>
>>> >>>>> We has a brief discussion about mAybe having EMS merit badges for
>>> >>>>> demonstrating different skills and encouraging skill development.
>>> >>>>>
>>> >>>>> My vision:
>>> >>>>>
>>> >>>>> Each member has a 'sash' (or piece of cloth or plank or whatever)
>>> >>>>> hanging on the wall and they demonstrate proficiency in each area by using
>>> >>>>> that technique to make the badge itself.
>>> >>>>>
>>> >>>>> 3D printing a badge for that, welding together a badge for that,
>>> >>>>> scrollsawing a badge for that, drillpressing a piece of wood for that,
>>> >>>>> wiring a blinking led for circuitry, etc.
>>> >>>>>
>>> >>>>> Ideas for demonstrable skills beyond this basic list?  I'm willing
>>> >>>>> to take on documenting and making the display etc if there's interest.
>>> >>>>>
>>> >>>>> - Ben
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