Welcome to the SSP digital badging community!
This online badging system recognizes achievement by students and participation by adult educators and volunteers in SSP science competitions and SSP-affiliated local and regional science fairs.
Through this website, students who participate in Society for Science & the Public's premier high school science competitions -- the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) and the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) -- can display, share and promote the badges they have 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 and Intel STS. During 2015, SSP plans to incorporate this badging website into a broader searchable directory of all student alumni of SSP competitions. Each past participant will receive a public profile page featuring any awards they’ve won in SSP competitions and, for more recent winners, the digital badges they’ve been awarded.
What is a digital badge?
Digital badges are a way to recognize skills and achievements gained outside of the 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.
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. The development of this website was made possible by a 2012-2013 grant from the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition, part of the Digital Media Learning Competition, in collaboration with the Macarthur, Gates, and Mozilla Foundations.
How do I get started?
SSP notifies badge recipients by email whenever badges are awarded, typically following judging of our competitions. SSP uses the email address it has on file for students, judges and volunteers of our competitions.
To view badges, earners must first obtain a complimentary SSP membership:
Once you have registered and obtained an SSP username and password, you may view your badges by logging into this SSP Badging site:
You can learn more about our digital badging program on our FAQ page.We hope you find this system easy to use and we welcome your feedback. Please send your comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.