HYDRO HYPE, a core module, teaches participants about fluid power, pneumatics and hydraulics. Each team designs and builds a hydraulic robot arm that moves a soda can. They explore different arrangements for the class 2 levered arm and then re-design their device to meet a timed Challenge

Boy Scouts of America Fluid Power Kits
Boy Scouts of America Model Kit

The hands-on component of the STEM Scouts module uses the middle school STEM Arm kit which comprises of two parts: the construction of the basic robot arm (shown above) and the use of the extra “challenge” parts to extend the movement of the arm in order to solve a more difficult challenge. The layout board comprises of three areas that require the designed device to extend as well as grab, lift and rotate.

The proposed merit badge uses the BSA Fluids kit, the Hydraulics 4-in-1 kit, the Hydraulic Robot Arm kit and the Hydraulics 4-in-1 kit. The information booklet is very comprehensive and useful for anyone interested or involved with fluid power at the school level. The program takes the participants through the principles of fluid power, introductory activities and the invites them to participate in a competition, individually or as part of a team, that involves designing and building a device to accomplish a task.

Boy Scouts of America Hydraulics and Pneumatic Merit Badge