Robot fundraiser encourages young minds

January 14, 2013 by  

It might sound like science fiction, but Boy Scout Troop 123 and Girl Scout Troop 2140 of Merrick, New York are going to have a rare opportunity to combine engineering and athletic skill in the Bot Masters Bowling Fundraiser later this month.

Young minds working in groups of up to 10 have to design, create, and program a recyclable robot that will compete with other teams in a bowling match. Students will be mentored in physics and engineering principles in the weeks leading up to the competition. During the tournament, teams will compete for awards in categories such as teamwork, problem solving, use of limited resources, and other academic concepts. Print companies in the area may want to get involved to find ways of encouraging the community and these ambitious youths.

Additionally, the young competitors may qualify to take their robots to further competitions including the Bot Masters World Championship, where they could win college scholarships and much more.

For those choosing to bowl without the aid of robots, they can bowl that same afternoon to help the parents of these young robotic programmers raise money for their respective scout troops. A flat fee includes the price of rental for shoes, a lane, and of course a ball. Guests should be sure to stop by for what promises to be a fun, enlightening, and encouraging afternoon for everyone in the community.

It will be held on January 26 at Garden City Lanes, which is located on Stewart Avenue and has a history of creating community building activities and fundraisers.