ECE Students Help Boy Scouts Earn Electronics Merit Badge


March 26, 2004

More than 400 boy scouts in full uniform bustled with excitement into the corridors of Carnegie Mellon University to learn from undergraduate students, professors, and their peers during Merit Badge University, hosted annually by Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-educational service fraternity.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Engineering & Public Policy (EPP) undergraduate Erik Andreassen chaired the two day event held during February 28 and March 20, in which participants earn merit badges while experiencing college life. ECE's Tech Electronics office provided access to our laboratories, so the scouts could be trained to wire circuits and solder for their electronics badge. ECE students Ashley President, Lisa Gentry, and Phil Caudra helped run the session.

The youngsters also earned badges in computers, electricity, engineering, model design/building, and safety, with classes on other topics as varied as railroading, art, and emergency preparedness. Over twenty sessions were offered; the boys could additionally sign up for chemistry experiments, view art displays at the College of Fine Arts, or study space exploration.

The Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at Carnegie Mellon sponsors the event in honor of the national fraternity's heritage as an Eagle Scout organization. Every fall, the group plans a Girl Scout project.