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'''1a'''. [http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/robotics/index.html Safety and Health] OSHA standards for working with robots<br>
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'''2a'''. [http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/ROV/library.html Robotics 101] NASA's Rover Ranch project.<br>
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'''3'''. [http://www.livescience.com/topics/robots/ Everything There is to Know about Robots]<br>
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'''5b'''. [http://www.bestinc.org/documents/BESTAward/E14%20-%20Notebook%20guidelines.pdf Guidelines for Engineering Notebooks] A concise explanation of the recording requirement.<br>
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'''5b'''. [http://www.usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Community/FTC/FTC_Documents_and_Updates/2008/2008%20FTC%20Game%20Manual%20-%20Section%205%20-%20The%20Engineering%20Notebook.pdf Engineering Notebooks] First Tech Challenge Manual, including examples of winning notebook pages.<br>
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'''6b'''. [http://robotevents.com/ Robot Events] Robotics and Technology in Education's listing of events.<br>
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'''7'''. [http://www.physicstoday.org/jobs/seek/robotics.html Careers in Robotics] Includes an overview as well as current openings in the field.
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'''Important note:''' This merit badge will be supported with ''"official"'' [[Robotics]] merit badge resources at: [http://www.boyslife.org/robotics boyslife.org/robotics]
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:'''Important note:''' This merit badge will be supported with ''"official"'' [[Robotics]] merit badge resources at: [http://www.boyslife.org/robotics boyslife.org/robotics]
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Robotics merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 2011
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 146
Requirements revision: 2011
Latest pamphlet revision: 2011

Contents

Earning the Robotics merit badge requires a Scout to understand how robots move (actuators), sense the environment (sensors), and understand what to do (programming); he should demonstrate robot design in building a robot. You should help ensure that the Scout has sufficiently explored the field of robotics to understand what it is about, and to discover whether this may be a field of interest for him as a career.


Robotics merit badge requirements

  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 or at least one video to aid in 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 your 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 flowchart 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.



The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Robotics merit badge pamphlet, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply No. 35972)

The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited
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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Robotics is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Robotics requirements.
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Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.


Requirement resources

1a. Safety and Health OSHA standards for working with robots
2a. Robotics 101 NASA's Rover Ranch project.
3. Everything There is to Know about Robots
5b. Guidelines for Engineering Notebooks A concise explanation of the recording requirement.
5b. Engineering Notebooks First Tech Challenge Manual, including examples of winning notebook pages.
6b. Robot Events Robotics and Technology in Education's listing of events.
7. Careers in Robotics Includes an overview as well as current openings in the field.

Boys' Life magazine (online)

Important note: This merit badge will be supported with "official" Robotics merit badge resources at: boyslife.org/robotics


Related awards


See also

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Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


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