Massachusetts scouts among first to receive robotics merit badge

Several Massachusetts Boy Scouts were among the first to receive the robotics merit badge.

Shortly after the Boy Scouts of America unveiled its new robotics merit badge, 12 Massachusetts scouts were set to become some of the first to earn the new accreditation.

The Boy Scouts were awarded their robotics merit badges during an event to commemorate National Robotics Week at Boston's Museum of Science. The badges were presented to the scouts by a Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle robot created by Massachusetts-based, iRobot. The robot had the added touch of being dressed in a Boy Scout uniform.

“A lot of kids don’t have the chance to learn about robotics, and getting started at a younger and earlier age, especially with advances in technology, is something that they should do,” Robert Hudson, an Eagle Scout from Milton, told the Boston Globe.

Hudson is a member of the North Quincy High School robotics team and has competed in eight robotics competitions.

To earn the badge, scouts are tasked with using a robotics kit to build their own robot.

Upon unveiling the new merit badge earlier this month, the Boy Scouts of America announced the organization expected at least 10,000 of the organization's 2.7 million participants to earn the badge during the next year.

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