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SSP & Intel Digital Badging

Here's all you need to know about digital badges and how to claim them

Society for Science & the Public and Intel are pleased to present a new online badging system to recognize high school students' participation and achievement in science fairs and independent student research.

Through this program, students who participate in SSP-affilated science fairs, as well as those who take part in the Society's premier high school science competitions -- the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) -- will be able to claim, display, share and promote the badges they've earned. Badges also will be awarded to the science fair community at-large, including educators, mentors, judges and volunteers who take part in Intel ISEF, Intel STS and SSP-affiliated fairs.

To date, we have issued badges to a selected beta test group of Intel ISEF 2012 finalists, to participants in the Intel STS 2013, and finalists in the Intel ISEF 2013. Over the next year, SSP will also begin awarding digital badges to participants in SSP-affiliated fairs on a rolling basis. If you are interested in learning more about badges for your affiliated fair, please contact us.

What is a digital badge?

Digital badges are a way to recognize skills and achievement gained outside of an official school or work setting.

Digital badging has gained popularity recently as a key ingredient in online and informal education -- it’s a way to inspire learning, certify achievement and validate that you’ve acquired new knowledge or skills. You can learn more about our digital badging program on the badging website’s FAQ page.

How do I claim my badge?

If you are eligible for a digital badge, you may view, share and manage the public display of your badge(s) by following these instructions:

  • To view your badge(s) you must have an SSP username and password. If you already know your login/password, log in. If you don't remember your user name or password, you can recover that information.

  • If you do not have login credentials, students first need to register for a complimentary SSP membership to receive your badge. Adults judges, interpreters and volunteers need to register using a separate form.

  • Whenever you want to view your badges in the future, you may log in either from the SSP badging website or the SSP website. You will then be directed to your My Account page. From there, follow the My Badges link.

  • Please email us if you have any questions or experience any difficulties claiming your badge.

  • Society for Science & the Public (SSP) and Intel, a longtime SSP sponsor and partner, created this badging platform as part of the Mozilla Open Badges initiative, a new online standard to recognize and verify learning.

This digital badging project was made possible by a grant from the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, part of the Digital Media Learning Competition, in collaboration with the Macarthur, Gates, and Mozilla Foundations.

Here is summary of our progress through March 13, 2013 as presented by SSP and Intel at the Competition's "Science Fair" (PDF).

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