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If you don’t want to use a kit, how do you start making a robot? Where do you get the supplies?

Taking apart an old radio control car is a great place to start. It has motors, a chassis and a battery already. All you need to do is find a processor of some kind and make sure your control signals work. While operating a radio-controlled car will not satisfy the requirements of the merit badge, taking an RC car, adding a controller (the computer brain that does the robot’s thinking) and some other mechanisms probably will. As always, talk to your merit badge counselor first to make sure that what you are planning is safe and will satisfy the requirements.

Robotics resources

ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS One of the best places to find the latest on various robotics competitions is, the website of the Robotics Education and

Find a robotics kit

Many reasonably priced robot kits meet the needs for requirement 4. The robot kits available through the BSA (at Scout shops and will clearly meet the needs of the Robotics merit badge requirements. A remote control car, plane, or boat will not qualify unless extensive modifications are made.

Fun Stuff

Take a break from all the programming and engineering to play fun robot-themed jokes, learn interesting robot trivia and discover fun facts.

Robot jokes

Robotics isn't all serious. It can also be the source of some pretty funny jokes. Laugh at some of these robot jokes, and then send us some of your own. If we use your joke, we'll send you a free Robotics merit badge launch patch.

What do you like best about robots?

I really like the fact that we are able to use robots to improve all of our lives by having them perform tasks that are either dangerous, dreary or difficult. Having said

How do I start a robot team in my troop?

Start by speaking to your merit badge counselor. He or she should be able to give you some idea about the types of robot competitions available in your area and what it takes

Robotics merit badge launch events

The Boy Scouts of America will participate in many robotics events during the month of April to help celebrate the launch of the Robotics merit badge. Here are some of them.