The Boyscouts have a new robotics merit badge – excellent.
Design, build, program, test. Do each of the following:
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.
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.
Build a robot or robotic subsystem of your original design to accomplish the task you chose for requirement 4a.
Discuss with your counselor the programming options available for your robot
The Girlscouts are in the news right now, but not for a new engineering merit badge, or science, or soldering, or robotics – it’s cookie selling season. So our question is – @girlscouts where is *your* robotics merit badge? Maybe we missed it, but each year we check and there isn’t one.
A couple years ago after hearing from a lot of parents, we made our “skill badge” one for soldering – we’ve given out and included *thousands* of these in our tool kits. One of the reasons we made these was because there is not a soldering or electronics activity for girls and many parents expressed their frustrations to us. Any way, if you’re involved with the Girl scouts – please pass this along. We’ll gladly help out with suggestions for kits and curriculum. As Dean Kamen has said (founder of FIRST) – We are what we celebrate.