Robotics

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:

Comments about “Robotics resources”

  1. Ze Dowctah says:

    cant wait till camp, im doing this badege!

  2. happyman22 says:

    this is fun!!

  3. coolnano says:

    Mn the robotics badge lookscool

  4. JQ says:

    What about req rescources?!?!

  5. ZombieSkater says:

    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

  6. ????? says:

    I love robots.

  7. roboticsbadge says:

    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.

    • queenakela says:

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

    • jjschev says:

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

      • TheJarHead says:

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

    • Anonymous says:

      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!

  8. BadgeLady says:

    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.

  9. your mom says:

    robots are cool

  10. Roscoe Assistant says:

    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.

    • Dan says:

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

  11. Beeknown says:

    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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  • 1. Safety. Do each of the following:
      a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while working with robots and what you should do to anticipate, mitigate and prevent, and respond to these hazards. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that should be used when working with robotics.
      b. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries that could occur while participating in robotics activities and competitions, including cuts, eye injuries, and burns (chemical or heat).

    2. Robotics industry. Discuss the following with your counselor:
      a. The kinds of things robots can do and how robots are best used today.
      b. The similarities and differences between remote control vehicles, telerobots, and autonomous robots.
      c. Three different methods robots can use to move themselves other than wheels or tracks. Describe when it would be appropriate to use each method.

    3. General knowledge. Discuss with your counselor three of the five major fields of robotics (human-robot interface, mobility, manipulation, programming, sensors) and their importance to robotics development. Discuss either the three fields as they relate to a single robot system OR talk about each field in general. Find pictures and/or at least one video to aid your discussion.

    4. Design, build, program, test. Do each of the following:
      a. With your counselor’s approval, choose a task for the robot or robotic subsystem that you plan to build. Include sensor feedback and programming in the task. Document this information in your robot engineering notebook.
      b. Design your robot. The robot design should use sensors and programming and have at least 2 degrees of freedom. Document the design in your robot engineering notebook using drawings and a written description.
      c. Build a robot or robotic subsystem of your original design to accomplish the task you chose for requirement 4a.
      d. Discuss with your counselor the programming options available for your robot. Then do either option 1 OR option 2.
        (1) Option 1. Program a robot to perform the task you chose for your robot in 4a. Include a sample of your program’s source code in your robot engineering notebook.
        (2) Option 2. Prepare a flow chart of the desired steps to program your robot for accomplishing the task in 4a. Include procedures that show activities based on sensor inputs. Place this in your robot engineering notebook.
      e. Test your robot and record the results in your robot engineering notebook. Include suggestions on how you could improve your robot, as well as pictures or sketches of your finished robot.

    5. Demonstrate. Do the following:
      a. Demonstrate for your counselor the robot you built in requirement 4.
      b. Share your robot engineering notebook with your counselor. Talk about how well your robot accomplished the task, the improvements you would make in your next design, and what you learned about the design process.

    6. Competitions. Do ONE of the following.
      a. Attend a robotics competition and report to your counselor what you saw and learned about the competition and how teams are organized and managed.
      b. Learn about three youth robotics competitions. Tell your counselor about these, including the type of competition, time commitment, age of the participants, and how many teams are involved.

    7. Careers. Name three career opportunities in robotics. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.