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