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National Inventor's Day - Inventing Merit Badge at USPTO

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Inventing Merit Badge

February 11, 2017 is National Inventor's Day. It is also the 3rd Inventing Merit Badge Class to be held by scouters from the United States Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. 

The program includes two days (5 hours on February 11, 2017 and 2 hours on March 18, 2017) and prework. Minimum age requirement of 14 years.Please read below for pre-requisite information and a tentative agenda.


Please bring to class:

  • Prework (if Scouts are unable to finish prework, they will receive partial signatures on their blue card and must contact counselor for final signature when the work is completed.)  All prework is due within a month after the program date.
  • Blue card, pen, notebook, copy of Inventing workbook, packed lunch


Merit Badge Prerequisites

One month before first meeting: 

Scouts need to develop an idea to solve a problem with their family, troop, chartered organization, community or special-interest group.  Discuss idea with potential users, create a model and record feedback in a notebook. See item 6 of workbook.

For first meeting:

Complete Items 1, 3 and 6 in the Inventing workbook.  Be ready to discuss and explain each topic in your own words.

For second meeing:

With counselor’s approval, build a working model of the item you would like to invent from requirement 6.

Bring sketch of improvement for product you have used camping.

Complete items 4, 5, 7 and 9 in the Inventing workbook.



Tentative Agenda for Inventing Merit Badge

February 11, 2017

9:00 – 10:00 Meet and talk with a real life inventor

10:00 – 11:00 Inventor’s Hall of Fame Museum

11:00 – 12:00 Interactive discussion (who, what, when, where, and why of intellectual property)

12:00 -12:30 Lunch

12:30 -1:30 Problem solving, marketing and modeling


March 18, 2017

9:00 arrival and set up

9:30 – 11:00 Inventor Showcase (A time to show off the scouts’ inventions)

(Problem solving exercise during Inventor Showcase)

When & Where
Inventing Merit Badge class
United States Patent & Trademark Office
Saturday 02-11-2017 9:00 AM ET to 1:30 PM ET Past
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