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Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PST)


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Cost per youth for 6+ hours of software development/programming. Please bring your own lunch and snacks and drinks.
8 Tickets Ended $135.00 $6.46


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Please join LAX Lone Scouts (Troop 000 Lone Scouts) at their STEM Technology Day to complete requirements for  (a) Digital Technology Merit Badge + (b) Programming Merit Badge.

This is a 12-15 hour Program condensed to ONE 8-hour day with a 45-minute lunch break for Scouts/Students in Grades 6-12 for the 2018-19 academic year...

Participants must attend all day as scheduled at CodeRevKids to complete all requirements and have their Programming and/or Digital Technology blue card(s) signed.


Open to (a) Boys + Girls In Grade 6-12 for the 2018-2019 school year, and (b) BSA SCOUTS from ANY COUNCIL and ANY TROOP who are at least 11-years-old by September 1, 2018.

ALL STUDENTS will need to wear long pants/shorts and bring their own lunch (beverage, snacks, food) and an 8mb flash drive.

Students who are SCOUTS will need to wear their Class A Field Uniform with the Cyber Chip Patch and bring (a) lunch (beverage + food + snacks), (b) an 8 mb flash drive, and (c) 1-2 Blue Card(s) filled out legibly and signed by their troop leader in INK. 

Scouts will also READ the Digital Technology + Programming Merit Badge books AND review the requirements for the Programming Merit Badge at and Digital Technology Merit Badge at by 11/15/2018. Taking notes on the worksheets will help Scouts/students review what they have read and allow them to participate fully on the day itself.


DAY #1 AGENDA for Programming + Digital Technology

09:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Check In.

  • BSA Scouts turn in Signed Blue Card for Programming + Signed Blue Card for Digital Technology with Applicant Information Completed Legibly in INK.
  • Each Participant will be assigned his/her own computer for the day.
  • There will be NO SHARING of devices.

09:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Workshop Begins.

I. Safety

  • a. Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip.
  • b. Discuss first aid and prevention for potential injuries, such as eyestrain and repetitive stress injuries, that could occur during programming activities.


II. History


  • 2a: Give a brief history of programming, including at least three milestones related to the advancement or development of programming.
  • 2b. Discuss with your counselor the history of programming and the evolution of programming languages.

Digital Technology

  • 2a: Give a brief history of the changes in digital technology over time. Discuss with your counselor how digital technology in your lifetime compares with that of your parent’s, grandparent’s, or other adult’s lifetime.
  • 2b: Describe what kinds of computers or devices you imagine might be available when you are an adult.


III. General Knowledge

Digital Technology

  • 3a: Explain to your counselor how text, sound, pictures, and videos are digitized for storage.
  • 3b: Describe the difference between lossy and lossless data compression, and give an example where each might be used.
  • 3c: Describe two digital devices and how they are made more useful by their programming.
  • 3d: Discuss the similarities and differences between computers, mobile devices, and gaming consoles.
  • 3e: Explain what a computer network is and describe the network’s purpose.
  • 4a: Explain what a program or software application or “app” is and how it is created.
  • 4b: Name four software programs or mobile apps you or your family use, and explain how each one helps you.
  • 4c: Describe what malware is, and explain how to protect your digital devices and the information stored on them.
  • 5a: Describe how digital devices are connected to the Internet.
  • 5b: Using an Internet search engine, find ideas about how to conduct a troop court of honor or campfire program. Print out a copy of the ideas from at least three different websites. Share what you found with your counselor, and explain how you used the search engine to find this information.
  • 5c: Use a Web browser to connect to an HTTPS (secure) website. Explain to your counselor how to tell whether the site’s security certificate can be trusted, and what it means to use this kind of connection.


  • 3a: Create a list of 10 popular programming languages in use today and describe which industry or industries they are primarily used in and why.
  • 3b: Describe three different programmed devices you rely on every day.


IV. Intellectual Property


  • 4a: Explain the four types of intellectual property used to protect computer programs.
  • 4b: Describe the difference between licensing and owning software.
  • 4c: Describe the differences between freeware, open source, and commercial software, and why it is important to respect the terms of use of each.

Digital Technology

  • 7a: Explain to your counselor each of these protections and why they exist: copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets.
  • 7b: Explain when it is permissible to accept a free copy of a program from a friend.
  • 7c: Discuss with your counselor an article or a news report about a recent legal case involving an intellectual property dispute.


V. Projects: Digital Technology - do 3 of the following:

  • 6a: Using a spreadsheet or database program, develop a food budget for a patrol weekend campout OR create a troop roster that includes the name, rank, patrol, and telephone number of each Scout. Show your counselor that you can sort the roster by each of the following categories: rank, patrol, and alphabetically by name.
  • 6b: Using a word processor, write a draft letter to the parents of your troop’s Scouts, inviting them to a troop event.
  • 6c: Using a graphics program, design and draw a campsite plan for your troop OR create a flier for an upcoming troop event, incorporating text and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.
  • 6d: Using a presentation software program, develop a report about a topic approved by your counselor. For your presentation, create at least five slides, with each one incorporating text and some type of visual such as a photograph or an illustration.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break

  • Bring your own lunch - outside in Memorial Park.

1:45 PM - 4:45 PM: Workshop Resumes

V. Projects: Programming - do all of the following:

  • 5a: Choose one programming language. Modify the code or add a function or subroutine to it. Debug and demonstrate the modified program.
  • 5b: Choose a second programming language and development environment. Then write, debug and demonstrate a functioning program.
  • 5c: Choose a third programming language and development environment. Then write, debug and demonstrate a functioning program.
  • 5d:  Explain how the three programs you wrote process inputs, how they make decisions based on those inputs, and how they provide outputs based on the decision making.

VI. Careers and Follow Up

Digital Technology

  • 8a: Describe why it is important to properly dispose of digital technology. List at least three dangerous chemicals that could be used to create digital devices or used inside a digital device.
  • 8b: Explain to your counselor what is required to become a certified recycler of digital technology hardware or devices.
  • 9a: Investigate three career opportunities that involve digital technology. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.


  • 6: Find out about three career opportunities that require knowledge in programming. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required. Discuss and explain why this career might be of interest to you.

04:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Check-Out

  • Signing of Blue Cards.
  • Students who bring their own 8mb flash drive can save their projects and take home.



  • Scouts can attend any or all to continue their experience with the Digital Technology Merit Badge + Programming Merit Badge and to start working on their NOVA Math + NOVA Technology Award.
  • SignUp links for these field trips are available via the Eventbrite platform for registered participants.
    • (A) Behind the Scenes Tour of Google HQ and LUNCH as a Googler in Mountain View on Monday 11/19/18.
    • (B) Silicon Valley - Inside Intel - 3 hour field trip at Intel HQ in Santa Clara on Tuesday 11/20/18.
    • (C) Computer History Museum Tour + Stop by at Apple on Wednesday 11/21/18.



1) Scouts MUST READ both the Digital Technology + Programming Merit Badge books by 11/16/2018 if they plan to complete the requirements for both badges on the same day. Please use the worksheets in the review. Scouts should also bring both their books + worksheets on 11/17.

2) Please sign up using STUDENT’s FIRST-and-LAST-NAME with their parent's email address.

This is primarily a drop-off Adventure for all youth participants. Adults/parents are welcome to be with their scouts as needed.

3) Student Roster/Registration Form will be sent via email platform on 11/4, 11/10 and 11/15. Please make sure your Eventbrite account is set up to receive email notifications as your response is required at least once.

4) Parking and travel arrangements between wherever you are and CodeRevKids in Santa Monica is your responsibility. There is a Metro station on 17th Street at Colorado, about 1-block north and a 5-minute walk away, if you are considering public transportation.

5) There are NO REFUNDS - unless canceled due to fire/natural disaster. 

6) LAX Lone Scouts will be using their Digital Technology Merit Badge for most of the requirements for the NOVA Math Award as described in the Designed-To-Crunch worksheet available at 

7) LAX Lone Scouts will also be using their Programming Merit Badge for some of the requirements for the NOVA Technology Award as described in the Start-Your-Engines worksheet available at

The Nova Technology Award have requirements that cannot be completed in one day - the first discussion meeting is slated for 11/19/18 at Google HQ and/or 11/20/18 at Intel HQ.

Other discussion meetings will be scheduled for 2019.


Can you tell me more about your organization? What are Lone Scouts?

  • Please read the Organizer Description below for Mandarin Social Adventurers.


We are not Asian. Is this class in Mandarin/Chinese?

  • NO - the class is held in English.

  • There are no language requirements to participate.

  • This class is OPEN to ALL Boys and Girls who are at least 11-years old, regardless of race, national origin, or scout affiliation.


Have questions about LA Lone Scouts STEM Day: PROGRAMMING + DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY? Contact Mandarin Social Adventurers

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1639 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PST)

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Mandarin Social Adventurers

Parent-run club for all families (with children ages 6-18 years old) based in Southern California who enjoy going to places or doing stuff together, regardless of school choice - world-school, traditional public/private, home-school, un-school, etc.  We "school" in 4-terms of 10-weeks each between January-May and July-November. We “break” for 1-week in March and September, and for 3-weeks of June and December.

Our adventures are (1) FUN and (2) related to one or more of the following disciplines: STEMMM - that's Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, & Mandarin!

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