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Robotics goes mainstream: It's now a Boy Scouts merit badge

The Boy Scouts of America have launched a merit badge for robotics to go along with camping and knot tying. After all, you may just need robotics as a survival skill in the future.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

The Boy Scouts of America have launched a merit badge for robotics to go along with camping and knot tying. After all, you may just need robotics as a survival skill in the future.

Under the merit badge, which was 14 months in development, Scouts will have to design, build and demonstrate their own robot.

The Boy Scouts have been expanding the curriculum to focus on science, technology and math.

There are a few heavy robotics hitters backing the new merit badge. Carnegie Mellon, iRobot, LEGO, NASA and the University of Texas-Dallas are a few organizations that helped launch the robotics curriculum.

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