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The Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) aims to enthuse younger generations into developing a love of engineering and technology.

We're delighted to partner with the IET who have sponsored the Scouts Electronics Activity Badge for a number of years now, inspiring young people to explore the world of Engineering and Technology. 

The UK is suffering a worrying shortfall of technicians and engineers and domestic companies are struggling to find new recruits with the skills and practical experience. The thinking and problem-solving skills that are developed through scouting are exactly the sort of skills businesses and universities will be looking for further down the line.

We have co-designed some new and exciting activities to help Scouts meet the badge requirements.

 

Activities:

Wired world

Connect some common electrical components to the correct cards, as we look at who does what in a circuit.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 25 minutes​​​

Bring it Ohm

Act fast and find the colours of the Ohm-bow in this resistor recognising race.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 20 minutes​​​

Ready, steady, solder

See how we stick metals together with solder alloy, and learn how to safely master a useful skill for life.

Ages: 10 ½ to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes​​​

Multimeter multi-you

Kick back and measure at your leisure as we discover the many applications of a standard multimeter.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes​​​

Thinking logically

Open a gateway to the world of analogue and digital, as we recreate different electronic circuits to see how they work.

Ages: 8 to 18 | Takes: 15 minutes​​​

Making rainbows

Assemble a colour-changing mood light with a USB plug-in, to be enjoyed in those quiet, mindful moments.

Ages: 10 ½ to 18 | Takes: 35 minutes​​​

LEDs celebrate!

Combine some common household items with an LED and a battery to make lovely, light-up greetings cards.

Ages: 10 ½ to 18 | Takes: 50 minutes​​​

Brush bugs

Brush up on your circuitry skills and repurpose some old bits and bobs to make yourself a crazy critter.

Ages: 10 ½ to 18 | Takes: 50 minutes​​​

Have you enjoyed working on this badge?

We live in a world full of engineering! Everything we do and use has had professional engineers involved in designing it or finding solutions to problems surrounding it and technicians making the engineers’ ideas a reality. If you enjoy undertaking the projects and activities in the Scout Electronics Badge activity pack, you may want to find out more about electronic engineering, other areas of engineering, the stories of people who work as engineers and how to become an engineer or technician yourself.

About the IET

The IET is a world-leading professional members’ organisation. They are a charity that works to support the engineering community, to raise awareness of engineering amongst the public and opinion formers and to encourage more young people to take up the wide range of fascinating and rewarding careers engineering offers.

Find out more about The IET