Computer Scout Interest Badge
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(Previously Microcomputer Interest Badge)
- Present evidence of your involvement in using computers over a period of at least three months and explain what you learnt in that time.
- Show a general knowledge of computer technology, including the basic components of a computer system, and explain the following terms: Hardware, Software, Operating system, Memory, Processor, Storage devices, Modem/Router, Scanner, Network, Internet, Backups, Copyrights.
- Discuss the different storage devices and media (hard drive, Cloud, etc.) which are currently available, and what each of them is used for. Show / demonstrate how to ensure computer security from external threats or hacking.
- Discuss with the examiner the types of Anti-Virus software that is available and the purpose of such software
- Do THREE of the following:
- Use a word processor to produce two notices to parents, or troop newsletters, including both text and graphics if possible.
- Use a database package to compile a troop list. Show how to print different reports, such as a list of phone numbers for each patrol, a list of birthdays in calendar order, or an address list for the parent's committee. Help your Scouter by keeping these lists up to date for at least 3 months.
- Use a spreadsheet to compile a food budget for a patrol camp.
- Use a computer to design and print a poster, e.g. an advertisement for a Scout event, including a logo or illustration you designed on the computer.
- Show that you know how to search for information on the internet and find out what information is available about Scouting in South Africa and in other countries.
- Design a web page for your troop and keep it up to date over at least three months. Keep note of any feedback you get from people who visit your page.
- Use a programming language to write and demonstrate a computer programme you have chosen, subject to your examiner's approval.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of computer maintenance by doing some of the following, to the examiner's satisfaction: assembling a computer from parts, installing new hardware, diagnosing, and correcting faults, installing, and configuring software.
Requirements in PDF