Yawgoog Robotics Director Tyler Nettleton, 18, regrets that the robotics merit badge was not around when he was coming up through the ranks. “These kids have opportunities now [to build robots] which they may not have been able to do at home, because they don’t have materials,” Nettleton said about badge requirements. Now they can delve into robotics at camp, thanks to a $5,000 Yawgoog Alumni Association donation. The camp is offering four sessions a week, June 29 to Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 20 Scouts per session.
Nettleton and staffer Tim Vierling will work with Scouts during some of the sessions in MBDH. Scouts will look at safety measures and potential applications; design, build and program robots; and learn about robotics competitions and careers.
“I got into robotics in elementary school. I love the wow factor of it,” said Nettleton.