BOYS' LIFE ROBOTICS RESOURCES
magazine has listed on its website various resources on Robotics and
Robotics Merit Badge. You can find helpful information at these links:
For local robotics programs to experience at the Cub Scout and Boy Scout level, the FIRST
program is a recommended option. www.usfirst.org
or at the local website www.stlfirst.org
FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The FIRST LEGO League
(FLL) annually introduces students ages 9 to 14 (10 youth per team) to
real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to
complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their
imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities
and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to
Each year FLL releases a new "challenge" for teams. The
Challenge is released in early September and focuses on a different
scientific topic or question each year. You don’t need to wait until
September to get started though. Knowing what to expect will help your
team hit the ground running. The challenge has three parts: the Robot
Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values.
In the Robot Game,
the students build and program an autonomous (no remote control) LEGO
MINDSTORMS® robot to score points by performing mission tasks. These
missions will be inspired by the Challenge theme. Missions require the
robot to navigate, capture, transport, or deliver objects on a printed
mat (the Field). The robot has 2 ½ minutes to complete as many missions as possible.
the Project, teams learn more about the science behind the Challenge
theme. The students use their creativity to design a solution (or modify
an existing solution) to solve a real-world problem. Even though teams
do not know the exact details of the Challenge, they can begin
researching the theme as soon as it is announced.
Some our local
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have experienced FLL and it is a great Pack or
Troop project to take on. FIRST also has Jr FLL for students age 6 to 9. Similar to FLL but at a level more suited for younger Scouts.
tournaments happen around the St. Louis area and the World Championship
Festival has taken place at the Edward Jones Dome. All FIRST events
in the area are free to the public to view.
Boy Scout Troops may also want to try out FIRST Tech Challenge
(FTC). FTC, for 14 to 18 year old youth, is designed for those who
want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10
students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their
robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot
kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of
languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are
required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering
principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for
community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Start up team costs range from $1,200 to $1,300 for the first year and
$400 to $500 for following years.
FLL and FTC are great
activities for your Pack or Troop to adopt and help your Scouts toward
earning their Robotics Merit Badge. If your unit is already involved
with FIRST, please let Tom know at email@example.com
The World Championships for all FIRST programs will
happen in 2013 the weekend of April 25-27, Thursday thru Saturday, at
the Edward Jones Dome. It is free to public and make the
most of this grand event to see robotics up close. More detail on this
event and FIRST programs can be found at this link:
St. LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER
a unit, Boy and Cub Scouts of all ages will learn science and have fun
while working to complete some or all of the requirements towards
earning hard-to-get badges.
To make reservations for any of these activities call 314.289.4439 or toll-free 800.456.SLSC, x4424.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
can participate in a wide range of activities including ones that will
help them earn badges. Scouts will be able to do hands-on activities such
as making and launching paper airplanes and gliders, building a model
rocket, discovering Earth's satellites (man made and natural), and learning
how astronauts travel to space and keep their bodies safe when they do
Click here for the latest Scout programs
Individual rates apply to public
program dates. Group rates apply to private workshop reservations.
OTHER SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
Robotics programs are offered
during the last two weeks of July and into August. These weeklong
classes are available to youth age 5 to 15. They are going fast on
enrollment, and you can check the details at www.maryville.edu/robotics-courses.htm
Oak Hill School - SUMMER LEGO®ROBOTICS CAMPS 2013 for students ages 8-14. Classes run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. each week and are held at Oak Hill–Villa school, 801 S Spoede Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131.
Six weeklong sessions are available to choose from between June 3 and July 12. Cost is $200 per week.
• Design, build and program a LEGO® Mindstorms® robot
• Receive an introduction to basic engineering skills in order to have a fully functioning, robust robot
• Compete with their robot in daily missions to test their skills
For more info and how to enroll, contact Kathie Reuter, firstname.lastname@example.org