Robotics Merit Badge
April 15, 2011
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Little known fact about me, is that I am an Eagle Scout. As such I remember my scouting days quite fondly. BSA has always been good about adding or removing merit badges based on current cultural influences. Now they’ve added a new merit badge for Robotics. Honestly, if I were still a scout I would make sure I earned this merit badge.
An example of some of the badge requirements shows that it’s no cakewalk to earn this merit badge. Some of the requirements include:
- Explain and discuss hazards and safety prevention
- Explain how robots are used today
- Discuss three of the five major fields of robotics (human-robot interface, mobility, manipulation, programming, sensors)
- Design, build, program, and test their robot
- Demonstrate the robot, and share the engineering notebook for that robot
- Attend a robotics competition or do research on robotics competitions
- Discuss career opportunities in robotics (Must include information on the education, training, and experience required.)
There’s some fun looking stuff to do there. The only problem is, this won’t be a cheap merit badge to do. It’s definitely not one that you would be able to earn during a one-week Scout Camp.
It’s also impressive to note some of the organizations that helped develop the merit badge requirements. Definitely lot of robotics experts weighed in.
- AUVSI Foundation
- Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
- Carnegie Science Center, Roboworld
- iRobot Corporation
- Education North America
- Museum of Science, Boston
- National Electronics Museum
- National Robotics Week
- Robotics Education and Competition Foundation
- University of Texas-Dallas, Science and Engineering Education Center
- VEX Robotics, Inc.
For more information on the merit badge I encourage you to read the Press Release regarding the Robotics Merit Badge.