Boy Scout First to Achieve Robotics Merit Badge Using Aerial Robotics
At SCI-TECH QUADCOPTER BUILD & FLY
“First in Flight,” the Wright brothers’ moniker in aviation history, now too belongs to Boy Scout Grayson Sumner, 15, who was awarded the B.S.A. Robotics Merit Badge. Grayson’s built and flew a quadcopter aerial robot to achieve a task with sensors, meeting all badge requirements.
Grayson attended the inaugural Sci-Tech Discovery Center’s Weekend QuadCopter Build & Fly Camp in Frisco, Texas held during National Robotics Week 2013.
Grayson’s four-student team built and successfully flew a quadcopter with an attached video camera sensor to complete a real-world task. Their assignment was to conduct a simulated first-responder-based mission — hazardous material assessment. The assignment required standoff viewing of an overturned barrel with a hazardous material marker, not easily viewable.
The team, ages 14 through 16, took turns at practicing roles; pilot, observer, sensor specialist, and incident commander.
As a finale, the team conducted a demonstration mission for parents in difficult 20 to 25 M.P.H. winds where Grayson acted as incident commander. The contents of the barrel were identified by the hazardous material marker from the high resolution camera attached to the quadcopter. The aerial robotic system was flown under control of the pilot with with the spotter observing. The flight team received instructions from the incident commander and sensor specialist, located away from the scene. The sensor team was able to view the footage live from their remote location. By viewing the maker through the camera footage, the incident commander determined it to be a non-hazardous material.
Sci-Tech Discovery Center is the first in the nation to offer a fun and challenging QuadCopter Camp with STEM-based hands-on aerial robotics training to meet the requirements for the Boy Scouts of America Robotics Merit Badge. The weekend camp is a unique educational experience for teens: to build a quadcopter, develop safe remote control flying skills, understand Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology, use STEM skills and work in a team to conduct a mission. The Quadcopter Weekend Build & Fly Camp curriculum was designed by OnPoynt Flight School.
In the North Texas area, Sci-Tech hosts weekend QuadCopter Build & Fly programs for Boy Scouts and teens, ages 13 to 16.
OnPoynt offers Build & Fly Training, QuadCopter Aerial Robotic Educator Kits and Aviation, Robotics and STEM Teacher Resources to schools and educational venues nationwide. Please contact us 214-385-4457 for more information.