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Digital Maker Staged Activity Badge

These badge requirements were updated on 22 May 2018. The previous badge requirements can still be used until 31 May 2019, to allow for transition where necessary.

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We are partnering with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, an amazing charity specialising in bringing digital making to people all over the world, to develop these badge requirements, new for May 2018. The new badge requirements move away from computer science to use digital skills to solve problems, build resilience, help their communities and express themselves.

For the activities currently released for stages 1 and 2, the only technology needed is laptops. WiFi access is not needed in your meeting place, though some preparation will be needed in advance of the session in that case. More activities coming soon, broadening the support for stages 1 and 2, and suggesting activities for stages 3, 4 and 5.

Digital Maker - stage 1

In stage 1 you will learn what digital making is and how it fits with Scouting and the wider world.

How to earn your badge:
  1. Show that you know what a computer is and understand that there are lots of uses for digital technology in everyday life. Think about where you see computer systems and technology in your day-to-day life, and about how digital technology helps make things better or easier.
  2. Create a graphic for a computer game, app, or website. This could be a background scene, character, or other image.
  3. Write clear instructions for a computer or person to follow to complete a task.


Top tips

Guidance for leaders

Some of the activities require a small number of devices, such as laptops, tablets, or phones; young people should use a device for at least one activity. The more they can get hands-on with technology, the better.

Suggested activities to help you meet the requirements:

Requirement 1: Computers in the real world
Requirement 2: Create a campsite
Requirement 3: Compass coding (using laptops) or Compass coding (tech free version).

Watch the video below to see this activity in action.


Digital Maker - stage 2

In stage 2 you will demonstrate that you can complete digital projects which can be used in Scouting activities or in the wider world.

How to earn your badge:
  1. Create a piece of interactive or animated digital art using software.
  2. Create a simple computer program to help with a scouting activity, and try it out.
  3. Make a simple digital creation that uses code to interact with the wider world through inputs (such as buttons or typing on a keyboard) and outputs (such as a computer screen, sound, or lights).


Top tips

The above are only suggestions, and there are lots more things you can try!


Guidance for leaders

Some of the activities require a small number of devices, such as laptops, tablets, or phones and other low-cost equipment; some don’t need technology. More information coming soon about where to get the right resources.

Suggested activities to help you meet the requirements:
Requirement 1: Pixel art
Requirement 2: Leaf identifier

Digital Maker - stage 3

In stage 3 you will demonstrate that you can use and combine a variety of digital making skills to complete projects that can be used in Scouting activities or in the wider world.

How to earn your badge:
  1. In a coding language of your choice, create a basic program to meet a need of Scouting or your section.
  2. Use a programmable device (such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or micro:bit) with electronic components, code, and appropriate materials to create an electronic gadget and use it in a Scouting activity.
  3. Design and create digital graphics for use as part of one of the above. The elements of the project should all fit within the project’s specific purpose.
  4. Show and present your digital making project, explaining the challenges that you encountered while creating it and how you addressed them.


Top tips

Suggested activities coming soon.


Digital Maker - stage 4

In stage 4 you will demonstrate that you can combine a variety of digital making skills to solve a problem or meet a challenge related to Scouting.

How to earn your badge:
  1. Using a combination of programming, digital art, digital devices, electronic components, and other appropriate materials, create something that could serve a purpose in a Scouting activity.
  2. Attend a digital making event and show your work, or help somebody else in your section or another section to work towards a Digital Maker Staged Activity badge.


Top tips

The above are only suggestions, and there are lots more things you can try!

Guidance for leaders

One larger project can be completed to combine all skills, or multiple smaller challenges can be completed. Access to specific devices, components, and materials is likely to be necessary. A section may collaborate on a single project.

Suggested activities coming soon.

Digital Maker - stage 5

In stage 5, you will combine your digital making skills to identify and solve a real problem in the local or global community. You will go through the process of project design from concept, to testing and implementation, and finally to sharing your new knowledge with others.

How to earn your badge:
  1. Identify a real-life local or global problem and design, build, test, and improve a solution by combining your digital making skills and selecting appropriate software tools, digital devices, components, and materials.
  2. Create and share a resource that would allow someone else to replicate your project with minimal previous knowledge. This resource should be digital, and it can be any format you like: a video (or a series!), an online (printable) document, an entry on a tutorials website such as Instructables, a blog post...Or meet with people who could benefit from your solution to share how you created it and explain how it can help them.

Top tips

Flexibility

Remember, each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on badge and award flexibility. 

Previous badge requirements

These requirements will be discontinued on 31 May 2019.

Resources have been developed to support with delivering the digital skills badges, including a jargon buster.

Digital Maker – stage 1

How to earn your badge:
  1. Show that you can identify a computer, the basic components inside a computer and what their purpose is.
  2. Show that you can create instructions for something you do every day such as getting dressed in the morning or making a sandwich.
Design a game:

Some Digital Maker stages involve downloading stuff from the internet, which can be risky. Make sure that young people and adults aware of the online safety rules. 

Resources:
Creative computer modelling
Describe and Draw
Robot Obstacle Course

Digital Maker – stage 2

How to earn your badge:
  1. Design a robot to do a job done currently by a human. Perhaps a robot to put up a tent or tidy your bedroom.
  2. identify the sensors it will need, such as light, sound and movement sensors
  3. figure out what order the robot will need to complete tasks in
  4. Show you understand that any data stored in a computer (such as text and images) are stored as binary. For example you could change a number into binary; create some pixel art or convert your name to binary.
  5. Design an animation, game, app or electronic project.
For example:
Resources:
Binary introduction
Binary brilliance
Binary Code (ACCII)
Camp crew
How to use Scratch

Digital Maker – stage 3

How to earn your badge:

  1. Write a game or app for a programmable device. You should include:
  2. event conditions (when your game reacts to something that happens)
  3. iteration (when your code or instructions are repeated)
  4. variables (for scoring, health or counting things within the game).
  5. discuss your development and how you overcame any bugs.
  6. Useful sources include: Micobit (https://www.microbit.co.uk/) Codebug (http://www.codebug.org.uk/) or Raspberry Pi- (https://www.raspberrypi.org/)
  7. Show you understand that sound and video can be stored as data. You could do this by recording and editing sound and/or video.
Design and build:
Resources:
Building a CrumbleBot
Whack-a-Witch

Digital Maker – stage 4

How to earn your badge:
  1. Set up a home network and connect it to the internet.
  2. Install or run an alternative operating system on a computer. Alternatively,  use a ‘Live DVD’ or USB stick.
Design a game:
Create a prototype for an app and identify:
Resources:
Setting up a network with a Raspberry Pi

Digital Maker – stage 5

How to earn your badge:
  1. Install the software to run a web server and host a webpage on a  computer or other device. Tools like LAMP, WAMP or Google’s Webserver project for the Raspberry  Pi could help you. You can find these for free online.
Make a game or app that serves a purpose. It should:
For an app it should:
Make your own bespoke robot that responds to the environment. For example, a robot that reacts to light, sight or its proximity to other objects.

Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility.

 

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