[EMS Discuss] Merit badges idea

Mr. Clif EMAIL HIDDEN
Sun Oct 21 14:49:26 PDT 2012


These are so Cute! :-)

But how do we determine the skill level that merits one?

     Clif

Bob Miller wrote:
> Adafruit has some "skill badges", a similar idea.  Most of their
> badges are embroidered patches, not skill demos.
>
> http://www.adafruit.com/category/70
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> On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM, Ben Hallert<EMAIL HIDDEN>  wrote:
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>> 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:
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>>> 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:
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>>>> 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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