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Boy Scouts of America Introduces Robotics Merit Badge

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Boy Scouts of America Introduces Robotics Merit Badge

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Press Release

Robotics Merit Badge BookletWhen 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.

“The Robotics merit badge is an example of how Scouting remains true to its roots to help young people be prepared,” said BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “While the guiding principles of Scouting—service to others, leadership, personal achievement, and respect for the outdoors—will never change, we continue to adapt programs to prepare young people for success in all areas of life.”

This merit badge involved approximately 14 months of development and input from more than 150 youth members, leaders, and industry professionals from across the nation. Earning the Robotics merit badge requires a Scout to understand how robots move (actuators), how they sense the environment (sensors), and how they understand what to do (programming). Scouts will spend approximately 14 hours meeting the requirements of this merit badge, including that they design a robot and demonstrate how it works. The BSA anticipates more than 10,000 Robotics merit badges will be earned in its first year.

The BSA developed the Robotics merit badge because of the wide-reaching impact of robotics and the role STEM will continue to play in young people’s lives moving forward. Robots are used in almost every field—in medicine and manufacturing, law enforcement and search and rescue, and space and underwater exploration. They appear regularly in daily life, be it vacuuming, mowing the lawn, and/or cleaning the pool. Even some video game controllers are considered robots.

To earn the Robotics merit badge, Scouts must (example only):

?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.)

A full list of the requirements is available at http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-ROBO.aspx.

BSA merit badge and advancement programs:

?Robotics is one of more than 120 merit badges that are education- or hobby-based.
?There are 31 STEM-related merit badges that Boy Scouts can earn, and 26 of the pins and belt loops in the Cub Scout program are related to STEM.
?The Robotics merit badge will be the first merit badge in the BSA interactive merit badge resource center at www.boyslife.org/robotics.

Organizations that assisted in the creation and launch of the Robotics merit badge include:

?AUVSI Foundation
?Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
?Carnegie Science Center, Roboworld
?iRobot Corporation
?LEGO® Education North America
?Museum of Science, Boston
?NASA
?National Electronics Museum
?National Robotics Week
?Robotics Education and Competition Foundation
?University of Texas-Dallas, Science and Engineering Education Center
?VEX Robotics, Inc.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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Scouting’s Centennial is Out of This World—Literally!

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Scouting’s Centennial is Out of This World—Literally!

Posted on 05 April 2010 by admin

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has officially taken its 100th Anniversary Celebration to new heights. Four Year of Celebration patches left the stratosphere today as cargo on the space shuttle Discovery’s STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference is the BSA’s 100th Anniversary patch-earning program that allows participants to earn recognition for making a difference in their communities.

“This collaboration between the BSA and NASA underscores a long history between Scouting and space programs,” said BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “At the earliest opportunities in Scouting, we are exposing young people to space exploration and preparing them for future work in science and technology fields.”

The relationship between Scouting and space stretches to before man’s first steps on the moon. In May 1964, 29 of America’s 30 astronauts visited Philmont Scout Ranch, the BSA’s high-adventure base in Cimarron, New Mexico, for a two-week training trip to learn geological mapping and seismographic studies in preparation for the Apollo programs. Of the 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon, 11 were Boy Scouts. More than half of all U.S. astronauts have been involved in Scouting, including well-known astronauts Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, who are Eagle Scouts.

In 2010, the BSA will introduce three new technology-driven merit badges, including Robotics. During STS-131, mission specialist Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger will use the robotic shuttle arm to inspect the space shuttle for any damage that may have occurred during launch or while in space. Other members of the STS-131 crew will use the space station’s robotic system, Canadarm2, to move equipment from the shuttle’s payload bay to the station.

Though firmly rooted in an unchanged set of core values, the BSA is committed to remaining current and relevant by adapting how it delivers programs and reaches its audiences. The BSA’s three new merit badges—Robotics, Inventing, and Geocaching—are indicative of how it is adjusting to prepare young people to become leaders and participating citizens in an increasingly technological world. Today, Scouts can read the Boy Scout Handbook on an iPhone, use GPS devices in addition to a map and compass, and receive BSA news via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Any Scout, leader, or Scouting alumnus, can earn five special award ribbons that hang from the Year of Celebration patch. Reflective of a century of Scouting values, the ribbons honor dedication to leadership, character, community service, achievement, and the outdoors.

After the patches return from space, they will be displayed as part of the 100th Anniversary exhibit at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Eight major national 100th Anniversary engagement programs have been designed to reintroduce Scouting to the next generation of young leaders and reconnect millions of alumni with the organization. Flying high on the space shuttle isn’t the only high-speed recognition of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary. Earlier this year, the BSA announced its Scout-themed IndyCar collaboration with Dale Coyne Racing. Just last week, Union Pacific unveiled UP No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America, only the 14th commemorative locomotive in the company’s history .

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years, www.twitter.com/boyscouts, and www.facebook.com/boyscoutsofamerica.

Source: BSA Press Release

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New Merit Badges for 2009 & 2010

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New Merit Badges for 2009 & 2010

Posted on 13 August 2009 by admin

Merit Badge SashThe National Council has been putting out the word to Councils about some new Merit Badges coming soon! Rumors of the majority of these being in developed starting surfacing back in March, but now they have been approved.

So far we’ve heard about the following merit badges:

Robotics merit badge approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected spring 2010.

GPS/GIS merit badge approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected early 2010.

Scouting Heritage merit badge has been approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected later this year

Scuba merit badge has been approved. Requirements under development. Debut expected late this year.

What do you think about these new merit badges?

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