Participation Preparation Requirements
Robotics Merit Badge
Check-in starts 1/2 hour prior to the start time of your class. You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class.
If you are not familiar with how to fill out
a blue card, you should familiarize yourself
with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A
Blue Card" document.
Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To
Fill Out A Blue Card".
Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card
from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners;
Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.
Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet
is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where
one can find the answers. It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.
You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster
Bucky Robotics Merit Badge Workbook to help
get a head start and organize your
download the Scoutmaster Bucky
Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.
It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being
properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.
Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:
1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
2. Your Registration Receipt
3. Scout Uniform
4. Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook for this merit badge printed out and preparation work filled in
5. Your Robot Engineering Notebook
6. Any additional supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge
7. Robotic Kit that you may have for use in
8. A positive Scouting focus and attitude
Following is an outline of the class syllabus to help you prepare. Also note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor
determines meets the requirements; no more no less This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work.
Safety. Do each of the following:
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.
Scouts will need to do some research and reading in
order to prepare for this requirement. It is recommended that Scouts make
notes of their findings to help show the counselor their efforts in preparing
for the class. These notes can also serve to help Scouts successfully perform
their explanation or discussion elements of this requirement. It will be very
difficult for Scouts who do not come prepared for this requirement to
successfully complete the requirement in the class.
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).
review this requirement and its components
and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate,
explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it
applies to this merit badge.
Robotics industry. Discuss the following with your counselor:
The kinds of things robots can do and how robots are best used today.
The similarities and
differences between remote-control vehicles, telerobots, and autonomous
different methods robots can use to move themselves other than wheels or
tracks. Describe when it would be appropriate to use each method
This requirement will be covered during the class,
however it must be noted that preparation by reading the merit badge pamphlet
is a MUST for this requirement, but does still not guarantee completion as
Scouts will need to actively participate in individual and/or group discussion
on these items, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the
objectives of these requirements. Having done preparation work by thoroughly
reading the merit badge pamphlet prior to the class will ensure a higher chance
of completion of this requirement for Scouts. Written notes in your
Scoutmaster Bucky Robotics Merit Badge Workbook can greatly increase the
likelihood of completing these requirements.
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 your discussion.
Scouts will work in small groups led by class facilitators who will assist in
mentoring and guiding the discussion surrounding this requirement. Scouts
must do some preparation work prior to the class to even have a chance of
completing this requirement. (Notes are highly recommended to help assist
Scouts on their discussion point). Scouts will not automatically be signed off
on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must
discuss a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or
individual discussion to obtain credit. Additionally note that the requirement
states that Scouts must bring items to help aid their points in the discussion.
Scouts not bringing these items will NOT be signed off on this requirement.
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.
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
Discuss with your counselor
the programming options available for your robot. Then do either option
1 OR option 2.
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
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.
Test your robot and record 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
Scouts should be prepared by bringing a Robot Engineering Notebook on the day
of the class. Scouts having
robotic experience may choose to do some of these components ahead of time
increasing their ability to complete and be signed off on all requirements at
the class. Scouts not having prior robotic experience will have time allotted
during the class to get an understanding of the requirement and
make a lot of headway on these items if they work hard and stay focused.
Demonstrate. Do the
Demonstrate for your counselor the robot you built in requirement 4
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
Some Scouts who have robotic experience and bring
their pre-class work for requirement 4, may have an opportunity to present
their robot. If time allows during the class,
Scouts will be presenting their robotic creations, designs, ideas, and
notebooks to the merit badge counselor (this may be done one-on-one or as a
part of group discussions and sharing and is at the discretion of the
Competitions. Do ONE of the following:
Attend a robotics competition and report to your counselor what you saw and
learned about the competition and how teams are organized and managed.
Learn about three youth
robotics competitions. Tell your counselor about these, including type of
competition, time commitment, age of participants, and how many teams are
Scouts should choose one of the options in this requirement to work on prior to
the class and bring their completed work to the class ready to share for
completion. The Counselor will facilitate a group discussion on both of these
options during the class, allowing Scouts to share their findings and learn
from other Scouts. Only Scouts who have done preparation work and are able to
satisfactorily demonstrate they have completed the items within the selected
option AND actively participate in the group discussion, will be considered for
completion of this requirement. Scouts will NOT be able to complete this
requirement without some preparation work prior to the class.
During the class Scouts will learn about the First Lego League and other
Robotic teams and competitions in the local area. If Scouts are unable to come
to the class prepared, they will leave with ideas and resources for easily
finishing this requirement on their own.
Careers. Name three career opportunities in
robotics. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience
required for this profession. Discuss with your counselor, and explain why
this profession might interest you
review this requirement and its components
and be prepared to discuss. It is
strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they
may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of
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