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Boy Scouts of America adds Robotics Merit Badge!

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Robotics Merit BadgeThe Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is proud to have assisted the Boy Scouts of America in the creation of their new Robotics Merit Badge!

From the Boy Scouts of America press release:

When people think of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), they envision activities like camping, knot-tying, and canoeing, but soon, they’ll need to add robot-building to that list. Scouts in 2011, through the introduction of the Robotics merit badge, now have the opportunity to design, build, and demonstrate a robot of their own creation.

The Robotics merit badge is part of the BSA’s new curriculum emphasis on STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. The BSA focus on STEM takes a fun, adventurous approach to helping Scouts develop critical skills that are relevant and needed in today’s competitive world. The new merit badge is one of 31 STEM-related merit badges that Scouts can earn.

To earn the Robotics Merit Badge, Scouts must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Safety when working with Robotics
  • Knowledge of Robotics in Industry
  • General Robotics Knowledge
  • The Ability to Design, Build, Program and Test a Robot
  • Share and Explain their Robots
  • Attend, Participate or Research Robotics Competitions
  • Research and Explain Different Robotics Careers


YouTube Direct Link Introduction to Robotics Merit Badge

More information on the Robotics Merit Badge can be found at BoysLife.org.

Written by Jesse Flot

April 11th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Posted in General News,NXT,VEX