With plant automation becoming more and more like a video game, it’s not surprising the automation industry wants to reach kids while they’re young and open to new ideas. In an attempt to show new programming tools to eager young minds, AutomationDirect.com has teamed up with the Boy Scouts of America to inform and inspire the nation’s youth about programming.
The 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree was held in mid-July at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in the mountains of West Virginia, where AutomationDirect, Radio Shack, VEX, and the Boy Scouts of America launched the Programming Merit Badge, which is designed to introduce youth to a variety of software programming tools.
At the National Jamboree, 40,000 scouts had the opportunity to learn about the badge using tutorials on programming theory for embedded controllers, robotics, and ladder logic using the CLICK PLC. Scouts then performed different programming tasks in order to receive the new badge.
Joan Welty, marketing director for AutomationDirect.com, said in a statement:
The future of our industry lies with the talented minds of our youth and we want to do everything possible to encourage them to explore the exciting world of factory automation.