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Boy Scouts of America adds Robotics Merit Badge!

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erit-badge.jpg” alt=”Robotics Merit Badge” width=”279″ height=”279″ />The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is proud to have assisted the Boy Scouts of America in the creation

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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

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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 tb98EQTqKXM Introduction to Robotics Merit Badge]

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

April 11, 2011

1 Responses on Boy Scouts of America adds Robotics Merit Badge!"

  1. Beth McKinstry says:

    Is the robotics merit badge being offered in the PGH area soon, perhaps at CMU?

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