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.
TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS
Developing their creativity and imagination
Becoming more aware of the role robotics plays in our daily lives
Having fun as they learn new things
ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Bear Handbook, page 240)
Identify six tasks performed by robots.
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.
Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.
Build your own robot.
Visit a place that uses robots.
NOTES TO DEN LEADER
Meeting 3 in this adventure will be an outing to a place where robots are part of the daily routine. Besides businesses or factories that use robotics in their processes, you may also consider a local college or medical facility. If traveling to the site is not an option, look into the possibility of a virtual visit by checking out the institution’s website. If the den does go to the location, make sure the staff knows the visitors will be Bear Scouts so they can plan an age-appropriate tour.
In advance of the outing, the leader will need to make arrangements with the outing location and confirm the outing plan with families, including transportation and any additional items they need to bring. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.
See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.
To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.