First look: Robotics merit badge

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Scouts at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree are getting a hands-on sneak peek at an exciting upcoming merit badge by visiting the Robotics tent inside Merit Badge Midway.

The badge won’t be available to earn until April, but that didn’t stop a steady stream of Scouts from dropping by to get some one-on-one time with a remote-controlled robot.

Organizers say the merit badge will be popular because it will mix a Scout’s love for gadgets with principles of science and engineering.

As usual, Scouting magazine will keep you informed about upcoming merit badges as soon as we get any new information.


  1. I thought this was coming out the fourth quarter of 2010. We have to wait until April NOW! Ugh. This is such the perfect time to release it. It’s FLL season!! Oh well I guess we have to be patient.

  2. This is interesting, but isn’t the BSA missing some important points? The connection between Robotics and Bionics is a marvelous area. To be fooling with tinkertoys when there is so much more to learn about the marvelous things that the melding to Robotics with Bionics can do for mankind seems to be shortchanging the badge. My son has CP and the things medical science has done for him with robotics to exercise him and bionic inserts and applications have been a full study for him in both of these.

  3. is going to be ready for the Robotic MB… We have build a network of 20 computer, with servers… we have 65 solderless bread-boarding stations (plus 65 soldering stations)… we have a team for the metal working MB, Electronics, Computers, and Radio (remote control)…and this year (2011 Dale we are offering the Medicine MB. Plans are to use two drill/drivers and a TV remote for the project (add two relays and wheels and you have a great platform) PicAxe for programming… The Robotics MB will be taugh in a fixed lock step sequence that will require the Scout to go through Metalworking, Electronics and Computers then Robotics… so they can build the chassis, electronics, programming, the Robotic specifics… Space Up (we talk with the ISS each each Space Jam with Ham Radio – SJ 4 it was 4:15 AM Sunday morning and we got to watch the ISS as we Talked.. very cool…). SJ is a and Troop 17 productions… Girl Scouts are Always Welcome!!!!

  4. Man, I really hope it will come out in April and not be stalled a few months because I am almost 18 and I almost have every badge. So far 119.

  5. I just heard about this new badge yesterday from a scout in a scoutmaster’s conference. He had read about it in Boys Life. He’s a new scout and very much looking forward to working on this merit badge. There is a local robotics club nearby and I think we are going to do some really fun things with this one.

  6. Yay!!! Finally…I just want let the kids out there know that there are cheaper alternatives to the pricey kits that are features…Texas insturments offers a cheap ($4.30) micro controller development kit that you could use to meet some of the requirements.. Freescale also offers some small micro controller kits for aroung $30. Good luck…I look forward to signing my first Robotics MB card.

    Brian C
    Robotics MB
    Mentor for FIRST teams 1675 and 1714

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