March 2, 2012 AT 2:57 pm

Adafruit’s online “skill” badges are now LIVE and in beta!

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Adafruit’s online “skill” badges are now LIVE and in beta!

You can read about it on CNET and Phil’s article at MAKE towards the end talks about some of our thinking behind this large project we’re pleased to release.

This new idea (as it’s been called “Scouts 2.0, Hacker Scouts, Merit Badges 2.0″) is all about digital versions of the physical badges we’ve been making all the way back from 2009.

Limor (ladyada) will award a badge to a kid when she sees they are publishing/making cool projects. When they are awarded a badge they get an email to get a real one sent to them in the mail and they a get a digital version (and profile) online with the badge(s) they earned.

There’s an XML feed, a leader board (skills earned over time) and we’re working on an API so anyone can do something like this. The goal is to celebrate skill earning the same way kids play video games. unlocking achievements and earning badges. We also have a teacher who is using the badges as a reward for the curriculum he’s developed. Another goal is to get the Girl scouts (and/or Boy Scouts) to adopt modern maker-themed badges like: 3d printing, laser cutters, robotics (girl scouts does not have that one), soldering, etc… We also think this may start people thinking about “hacker scouts” – a scouting program that’s more peer-to-peer, distributed, built in the 21st century utilizing the tools and technology we have. Next week 3/12/2012 is the 100 year anniversary of the girl scouts.

All the badges and the leaderboard are located here:
https://www.adafruit.com/badges
https://www.adafruit.com/leaderboard (skills over time!)

5 beta participants!
https://www.adafruit.com/profiles/Joey+Hudy/
https://www.adafruit.com/profiles/Sam+Wilkinson/
https://www.adafruit.com/profiles/BudgetEngineer/
https://www.adafruit.com/profiles/SuperAwesomeSylvia/
https://www.adafruit.com/profiles/Patrick+McCabe/
https://www.adafruit.com/profiles/RobotGrrl/


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4 Comments

  1. This is so boss. I can’t wait to get the rest of my badges posted.

  2. Some great additions could be based on the Science Merit Badges that The Science Creative Quarterly came up with a few years ago:

    http://www.scq.ubc.ca/sciencescouts/

  3. Any plans to make an installable web application for this? I would love to host a copy of this at my hackerspace or school.

  4. @fubarator – that’s part of the plan! we hope to get to that (or work with someone who wants to build that)

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