Merlin Mavens

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Introduction[edit]

 Merlin Mavens™  is a special program of  Coder Merlin™  to bring recognition to dedicated and motivated students. Progress in the program requires both demonstration of expertise and service to the community.

As students demonstrate mastery of a topic they're awarded "wands" which are rendered as right-pointing chevrons. As students serve the community they're awarded "crystal shards" which are rendered as left-pointing chevrons. When both a wand and shard have been earned, students advance to the next level. After a series of levels have been earned students advance in the color of their sash.

Requirements for Demonstrating Mastery[edit]

Demonstration of mastery in each subject will occur through the successful completion of a Merlin Mission with a score of 90% or greater. In the case that the target score is not achieved, students may redo the Merlin Mission after no less than fourteen calendar days have elapsed.

Requirements for Service[edit]

Service requirements are based upon a points system,  Coder Merlin™  Service Points. Points are earned as follows:

  • 1 point for each ten minutes devoted to a helpme ticket assisting other students. Interaction must be documented in the helpme system. Partial points (at a resolution of 0.01) are awarded. A maximum of 2 points may be awarded per encounter.
  • 3 points for each new student enrolled by a  Merlin Mavens™  Mentor. Points will be awarded to the mentor when the student completes the mastery requirements for White Sash Level 1. Additional points may be earned by providing assistance to the student through helpme tickets. In order to qualify, notify the mentee to include your email address in the appropriate field when requesting an account.
  • 5 - 30 points for a wiki article. See Articles Wanted for an up-to-date list.
  • Points do not expire, however you must earn no less than three points per month to maintain your rank.

Special Powers[edit]

With great power comes great responsibility

 Merlin Mavens™  Mentors gain special powers, including:

  • Providing textual assistance via chatwoot
  • Remotely logging on to a user's terminal via a helpme request and ticket

Digital Badges[edit]

A digital badge is a visual symbol of achievement. Students can collect and share digital credentials that validate their skills and accomplishments, and send signals of success to networks that matter to them, such as Discord, Twitter, and Facebook.

For more information:

Program Application[edit]

Any current user of  Coder Merlin™  with an existing shell account may apply for acceptance using this application.

Rules of Engagement[edit]

See Merlin Maven Engagement

Sashmojis[edit]

Sashmojis are a concise shortcut for specifying sashes and levels using only two characters.

Sashes[edit]

⬜️🟨🟧🟩🟪🟦🟫🟥⬛️

Levels[edit]

0️⃣1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣4️⃣5️⃣6️⃣7️⃣8️⃣9️⃣

White Sash[edit]

White Sash - Zero Level[edit]

Digital badge: Entry Level Maven Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️0️⃣

Description: Expresses a commitment to master the skills of Computer Science and assist peers


Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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Criteria: An earner of this credential has expressed a commitment to invest the required effort necessary to master the skills of Computer Science and assist their peers and others in their efforts.

Estimated time to earn credential: 0.0 hours

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White Sash - First Level[edit]

Digital badge: Basic CLI Software Development Tools Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️1️⃣

Description: Demonstrates knowledge and skills of basic software development tools using a command-line interface

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1002-10  Bash
  •  M1004-10  Emacs
  •  M1008-10  Merlin Mission Manager

1  Coder Merlin™  Service Point

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills of basic tools required for software development on Linux. This includes the basic use of the Bash command-line interface, the basic use of the Emacs text editor, and the use of the Merlin Mission Manager to provide feedback on challenges. The earner must also gain at least one service point by assisting others in their studies.

Estimated time to earn credential: 8.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg bash  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg emacs  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg merlin mission manager 

White Sash - Second Level[edit]

Digital badge: Number Systems Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️2️⃣

Description: Demonstrates knowledge and skills of using number systems in alternative bases

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1011-10  Number Systems
  •  M1012-10  Alternative Base Addition

3  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills in using alternative base number systems and alternative base addition. The earner must also gain at least three service points by assisting others in their studies.

Estimated time to earn credential: 6.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg number systems  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg alternative base addition 

White Sash - Third Level[edit]

Digital badge: Boolean Algebra Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️3️⃣

Description: Demonstrates knowledge and skills of using Boolean algebra

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1013  Boolean Algebra
  •  M1014  Logic Gates
  •  M1015  Bitwise Operations
  •  M1018  SR Latch

6  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills in using Boolean algebra, logic gates, bitwise operations, logic composition, and complex gates such as binary adders and an SR Latch. The earner must also gain at least six service points by assisting others in their studies.

Estimated time to earn credential: 12.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg boolean algebra  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg logic gates  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg bitwise operations  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg logic composition  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg binary adders OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg SR Latch 

White Sash - Fourth Level[edit]

Digital badge: Computer History and Architecture Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️4️⃣

Description: Demonstrates knowledge of computer history and architecture

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1021  Computer History
  •  M1022  Computer Architecture

6  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge of computer history and architecture. The earner must also gain at least six service points by assisting others in their studies.

Estimated time to earn credential: 3.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg computer history  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg computer architecture 

White Sash - Fifth Level[edit]

Digital badge: Encoding and Data Types Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️5️⃣

Description: Demonstrates knowledge and skills of basic data types and their storage

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1032  Negative Integers
  •  M1037  Expressions and Operators
  •  M1039  Conversions

12  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills in using positive and negative integers, nil values, expressions and operators, and conversion between types. The earner must also gain at least twelve service points by assisting others in their studies.

Estimated time to earn credential: 20.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg positive integers  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg negative integers  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg nil values  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg data conversions 

White Sash - Sixth Level[edit]

Digital badge: Git and GitHub Basics Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️6️⃣

Description: Demonstrates basic knowledge and skills of using Git and GitHub

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1002-31  Journal Verification
  •  M1006-31  Journal Verification
  •  M1008-31  Journal Verification
  •  M1054-31  Journal Verification
  •  M1061-31  Journal Verification

12  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills using Git and GitHub to add and commit files, tag versions, and configure and push to remote repositories. The earner must also gain at least twelve service points by assisting others in their studies.

Estimated time to earn credential: 22.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg git add  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg git commit  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg git tag  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg git push 

White Sash - Seventh Level[edit]

Digital badge: Scope Basics Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓⬜️7️⃣

Description: Demonstrates basic knowledge and skills of variable, function, and block scope

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1201-10  Scope Level 1
  •  M1201-11  Scope Level 2
  •  M1201-12  Scope Level 3
  •  M1201-13  Scope Level 4

12  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills of variable, function, and block scope. The earner must also gain at least twelve service points by assisting others in their studies.

Estimated time to earn credential: 10.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg variable scope  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg function scope  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg block scope 

Yellow Sash[edit]

Yellow Sash - First Level[edit]

Digital badge: Basic Karel Algorithms Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓🟨1️⃣

Description: Demonstrates basic knowledge and skills of Karel algorithms

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1165-10  Karel Basics
  •  M1165-11  Karel Sensors

15  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills, including the ability to independently code algorithms for:

  • orienting Karel appropriate to the task at hand,
  • navigating Karel around obstacles,
  • determining permissible boundaries for Karel movement, and
  • picking up and dropping off beepers.

Estimated time to earn credential: 20.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg karel orientation  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg karel navigation  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg karel tasks 

Yellow Sash - Second Level[edit]

Digital badge: Basic Numeric Algorithms Sashmoji: MMM-🧑‍🎓🟨2️⃣

Description: Demonstrates basic knowledge and skills of common algorithms

Badge Promotion Requirements for Mastery Promotion Requirements for Service
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  •  M1171-10  Largest Number of Three
  •  M1172-10  Greatest Common Divisor
  •  M1173-10  Finding Primes

15  Coder Merlin™  Service Points

Criteria: An earner of this credential has studied and demonstrated knowledge and skills, including the ability to independently code algorithms for:

  • finding the largest integer of three,
  • finding the greatest common divisor of two integers,
  • determining whether or not a number is prime, and
  • finding the next prime given an arbitrary integer.

Estimated time to earn credential: 12.0 hours

Tags: OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg algorithm largest of three  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg algorithm greatest common divisor  OOjs UI icon tag-ltr.svg algorithm finding primes 

Orange Sash[edit]

Green Sash[edit]

Purple Sash[edit]

Blue Sash[edit]

Brown Sash[edit]

Red Sash[edit]

Black Sash[edit]


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