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Robotics resources

ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS

One of the best places to find the latest on various robotics competitions is http://robotevents.com, the website of the Robotics Education and Competitions Foundation. The foundation exists to connect students, mentors, and schools in every community, and its site can connect you to competitive events, workshops, camps, conferences and more.

ONLINE COURSES

Adults and Youth alike can learn how to program LEGO and VEX robots. Check out this site to get free resources to earn or teach the Robotics Merit Badge. A 60 day free software download is available and free courses to help get you ready for this merit badge. To sign up, register at the Computer Science Student Network: http://www.cs2n.org/partners/boy-scouts/.

UNIVERSITIES AND MUSEUMS

Check your local universities and museums. Many provide the public and Scouts with workshops and special opportunities to learn about robotics. In addition, organizations and groups such as the 4-H, city recreational groups, Mad Science and ID-Tech Camps can also provide workshops and camps in areas like robotics.

Here are a few examples:

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Science and Engineering Education Center at the University of Texas at Dallas (SEEC)
Dallas, Tex.

National Center for Robotics Engineering and Technology Education (NCRETE)
California University of Pennsylvania

Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ARTICLES, BOOKS AND LINKS

There is a wealth of information to assist you on the topic of robotics. The first reference is your Robotic merit badge pamphlet, which provides a good overview and list of additional resources. The Robotics merit badge pamphlet is available at your local Scout shop or online at http://www.scoutstuff.org.

In addition to the links above, here are some other websites that might be helpful. All helped the Boy Scouts of America in creating the Robotics merit badge:

19 Comments on Robotics resources

  1. Do i need a robot kitt fpr this merit badge and do we need it?

  2. Ze Dowctah // June 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm // Reply

    cant wait till camp, im doing this badege!

  3. this is fun!!

  4. Mn the robotics badge lookscool

  5. What about req rescources?!?!

  6. ZombieSkater // June 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm // Reply

    jeez this is hard to do and looking up stuff for robotics and trying to work on this and build and look up the teams and ages to go on these competions

  7. I love robots.

  8. cool

  9. roboticsbadge // August 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm // Reply

    It is sad that the BSA did not work with the manufactures to create less expensive kits so this badge was not just for RICH kids.

    • Our troop couldn’t afford it so we applied for a grant from NASA. Don’t give up. Look for creative funding sources.

    • Our boys are not RICH, but the sold enough pop corn and earned the money to purchase robotic kits.

      • TheJarHead // March 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm //

        I understand you are stating a fact but you don’t have to brag about how your boys sold enough popcorn to buy it.

    • Oh no, robotics is not at all just for “rich” kids! We are borrowing robot kits from local schools, 4-H, educational institutes, etc. Then when the opportunity arises to do a good turn back, we’ll jump on it!

  10. This is very cool! My son has been on a FIRST Robotics team for the last four years. He aged out of Scouts in December and had been looking forward to earning the Robotics merit badge; too bad it was released after he was no longer able to earn it. Now he’ll be stepping up and sharing his love and knowledge of robotics as a Merit Badge Counselor.

  11. robots are cool

  12. Roscoe Assistant // April 12, 2011 at 10:04 am // Reply

    I think the BSA should reconsider Requirement 4c, or at least help us interpret the phrase “of your original design”. I think that is a very advanced task, at least as I would interpret it. The scout would still gain a great deal of learning if a kit, like the Boe-Bot were allowed.

    • Building a kit robot would be more of a task for a belt loop. Merit Badge ought to show a more advanced understanding.

  13. Way to go FIRST Robotics Team #33 mentors for contributing to the new Robotics MB. You have helped to spread the mission of FIRST in a very BIG way!

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