Robotics

Bear RoboticsRobotics,
a Bear Elective Adventure

The Bear Den Leader guide says, “Advances in science and technology have created a world of possibilities.  Robots of many shapes and sizes can now perform tasks traditionally done by humans–from sensing the speed of a vehicle to sorting items based on color.  In this elective adventure, bear Scouts will learn how different types of robots are used and then create their own simple robotic figures.”

Read on to discover this adventure’s requirements and fun ways to complete them!

Requirements:

Complete at least four of the following

  1.  Identify six tasks performed by robots.
  2. Learn about some instances where a robot could be used in place of a human for work. Research one robot that does this type of work, and present what you learn to your den.
  3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.
  4. Build your own robot.
  5. Visit a place that uses robots.

How to Make an Easy Cub Scout Robot Hand

cub scout robot handHow in the world do you make a Cub Scout robot hand?  That was my reaction when I saw that that was one of the requirements for the Bear elective adventure, Robotics.

It’s requirement 3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.

I researched it, and I found plans for what I thought would be a great Cub Scout robot hand.  But, the boys would have had to use a utility knife to cut notches in plastic straws.

No, thank you!  That’s just not a skill that I think 3rd grade Bear Cub Scouts have. We have enough to do in den meetings without a trip to the ER for stitches! Continue reading