It's not often that you hear of the Boy Scouts of America making the
tech news wires. So why now? Simple: a new merit badge. That new badge
just so happens to be called "Robotics," and it's easily one of hippest
things to happen to BSA in some time. The Scouts currently offer over
120 badges, but the newest is the most geek-friendly of all. The
Robotics badge is aimed to promote science, technology, engineering and
math, and after a year or so of putting the badge criteria together,
Scouts can now seek to earn it.
Officials are expecting over 10,000 Scouts to earn the badge in the next
year, and the badge will require them to "design and build a robot
while learning about robot movement, sensors and programming." Even
video game controllers can be considered Robotics, which leads to us
thinking that DIY/hacking is probably a great way to get this badge. You
know things are going the way of the nerd once the Boy Scouts devote a
merit badge to it. Power to the hackers!