This summer, the United States Patent & Trademark Office will host a 2-day virtual event for Scouts BSA to earn the Inventing Merit Badge. This event is organized by the Eastern Regional Outreach Office at the USPTO, and several USPTO employees (now registered Merit Badge Counselors) who are volunteering!
The USPTO’s Inventing Merit Badge program will include two synchronous sessions for youth:
- July 17, 2021: the virtual class
- August 28, 2021: the virtual inventions showcase
Between the two sessions, youth will design and build prototypes of their inventions. They will have the opportunity to consult with USPTO employees and Inventing Merit Badge Counselors via ‘virtual office hours’. Youth will all submit videos of their presentations by August 27, to be included in the virtual inventions showcase!
Agenda for Inventing Merit Badge class
July 17, 2021
12:30 – 1:00 Opening remarks
1:00 – 1:30 The Impact of Invention & Inventing
1:30 – 2:00 An Introduction to Intellectual Property
2:10 -2:30 Invention Case Study
2:30 – 3:15 Why do you invent: panel discussion
3:15 – 4:15 Break-out sessions, interactive discussion
Registration details: https://scoutingevent.com/082-inventing
In the past, the USPTO had held an Inventing Merit Badge class on site in Alexandria, VA. Below are some photos from the past events! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year – join us in this summer’s Inventing Merit Badge series!