BaconBotz (above with their Sportsmanship Award)
Troop 211 of Sartell (photos at right and above) have been building a very solid program with their BaconBotz and BeatBotz, and now team number three, 3211X Metal.
To understand our fascination with Robotics, we need to back up a bit and credit STEM for this inspiration:
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The STEM concept was originated by the National Science Foundation.
See the Boy Scouts of America’s focus on this program.
STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.
“The study of robotics, by its very nature, captures all four legs of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) very well while a competitive environment increases motivation and desire to succeed, thus creating classroom environments where both knowledge and skill development can flourish without having to compromise one for the other. Whether it’s our classroom competition products, our classroom lab packages, one or more of our curriculum options, selections from our free education resources or some combination of them all, VEX Education continues to be a world-leader in classroom robotics applications and stands poised to help schools meet the growing global demands of the 21st Century.”