Microsoft Merit Badge Workshops



New Microsoft workshops will be posted as soon as they are available.

ANIMATION MERIT BADGE

To earn this merit badge, Scouts will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of animation and its rich history. They will learn the principles of animation, complete hands-on design projects, have opportunities to participate in virtual or in-person tours of animation studios and businesses to see how animation is used. Scouts will learn how animation is not only used in their video games and movies, but also for practical business purposes – factory simulations, satellite tracking, medical procedures and even predicting the weather.


ASTRONOMY MERIT BADGE

Moviemaking includes the fundamentals of producing motion pictures, including the use of effective light, accurate focus, careful composition (or arrangement), and appropriate camera movement to tell stories. In earning the badge, Scouts will also learn to develop a story and describe other pre- and post-production processes necessary for making a quality motion picture.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY MERIT BADGE

Digital technology is part of almost everything we do. This workshop is all about using, understanding and appreciating digital technology -- computers, tablets, cell phones, and even computer-controlled coffee pots. You’ll learn about digital technology rights and how to be environmentally friendly with digital technology.



PHOTOGRAPHY MERIT BADGE

For thousands of years, in every culture, people have played games. Games challenge us to overcome long odds, tell compelling stories, and allow us to work with or against one another. They give structure to play. Games motivate us to find creative solutions, practice new skills, and spend time with others.

PROGRAMMING MERIT BADGE

Go “behind the screen” for a look at the complex codes that make digital devices useful and fun. Without programs, today’s high-tech gadgets would be little more than empty shells. But given clear instructions, digital devices can do amazing things and perform operations that would have seemed like magic to people in the past. When you fulfill the requirements for this badge, you will be able to work a little of that “magic” yourself. And you might find yourself joining the legions of programmers who create innovative software.

ASTRONOMY MERIT BADGE 

June 3, Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-63/1713284

June 18 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-618/1738840


June 22 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-622/1738842


June 27 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-627/1738862

 

July 19 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-719/1738846

 

July 25 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-725/1739429

 

July 30 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-730/1738847

 

August 16 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-816/1738858

 

September 5 at Oak Brook, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-95/1738859

 

September 13 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-913/1738860

 

September 24 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/astronomy-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-924/1738861

In learning about astronomy, Scouts study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky: the nebulae, or giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born; old stars dying and exploding; meteor showers and shooting stars; the moon, planets, and a dazzling array of stars. 


 
MOVIEMAKING MERIT BADGE

May 30, Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-530/1702955


May 31, Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-531/1713277

June 12 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-612/1738799


July 11 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-711/1738837


July 26 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-726/1738810


August 9 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-store-89/1739425


August 13 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-813/1738822


August 30 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-store-830/1739426


September 3 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-93/1738831


September 12 at Oak Brook, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-912/1738834


September 20 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/movie-making-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-920/1738835

Moviemaking includes the fundamentals of producing motion pictures, including the use of effective light, accurate focus, careful composition (or arrangement), and appropriate camera movement to tell stories. In earning the badge, Scouts will also learn to develop a story and describe other pre- and post-production processes necessary for making a quality motion picture.


 
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY MERIT BADGE

May 30, Oak Brook, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-530/1713280

June 20 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-620/1738863


June 28 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-628/1738876


July 16 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-716/1738878


July 26 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-726/1739430


August 2 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-82/1738881


August 27 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-827/1738882


August 29 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-829/1739431


September 10 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-910/1738883


September 27 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/digital-technology-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-927/1738895


Digital technology is part of almost everything we do. This workshop is all about using, understanding and appreciating digital technology -- computers, tablets, cell phones, and even computer-controlled coffee pots. You’ll learn about digital technology rights and how to be environmentally friendly with digital technology.



PHOTOGRAPHY MERIT BADGE

July 6 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/photography-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-mall-76/1738897


July 18 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/photography-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-718/1738908


August 30 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/photography-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-mall-830/1738904


August 16 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/photography-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-816/1739432


September 26 at Oak Brook, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/photography-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-mall-926/1738906


Beyond capturing family memories, photography offers a chance to be creative. Many photographers use photography to express their creativity, using lighting, composition, depth, color, and content to make their photographs into more than snapshots. Good photographs tell us about a person, a news event, a product, a place, a scientific breakthrough, an endangered animal, or a time in history.


 
GAME DESIGN MERIT BADGE

June 7 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-67/1738224


June 14 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-614/1738770


July 2 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-72/1738758


July 12 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-712/1738764


August 2 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-82/1739423


August 9 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-89/1738760


August 23 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-823/1739424


August 23 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-823/1738765


September 7 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-97/1738766


September 17 at Oak Brook, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/game-design-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-917/1738767


For thousands of years, in every culture, people have played games. Games challenge us to overcome long odds, tell compelling stories, and allow us to work with or against one another. They give structure to play. Games motivate us to find creative solutions, practice new skills, and spend time with others.


 
PROGRAMMING MERIT BADGE

June 6, Oak Brook, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/programming-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-66/1713326


June 14 at Oak Brook, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/programming-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-oak-brook-center-614/1738776


August 1 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/programming-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-81/1739427


August 22 at Woodfield, 1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
http://pathwaytoadventure.doubleknot.com/event/programming-merit-badge-at-the-microsoft-store-at-woodfield-mall-822/1739428

 

Go “behind the screen” for a look at the complex codes that make digital devices useful and fun. Without programs, today’s high-tech gadgets would be little more than empty shells. But given clear instructions, digital devices can do amazing things and perform operations that would have seemed like magic to people in the past. When you fulfill the requirements for this badge, you will be able to work a little of that “magic” yourself. And you might find yourself joining the legions of programmers who create innovative software.