When you put creative genius, a couple of software programs and Boy Scouts together -- what do you get? Battle Bots of course!

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  On March 17, Boy Scouts from Troop 368 participated in the annual Battle Bots tournament, a highlight of the Boy Scouting year.The event is when scouting patrols create different models of battle bots and battle with them to win the Battle Bot trophy. This tournament is a great opportunity to get scouts interested in technology.

This was made possible from a program called STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics]. This program encourages teenagers to pursue interests in fields such as the Engineering and Science. 

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As Scouting is moving to a new technological age, the STEM program provides opportunities to get scouts interested in the program by sparking an interest in mathematics and technology. 

Ben Cook's patrol –the White Team - won the annual robotics tournament this year. Ben’s patrol also includes Sohum Agnihotri, Subhasish Mukerjee, and David Forrester. 

Boy Scouts is a great way to connect with boys the same age and to work together to create new creations such as Battle Bots or making a new program for the bots to run on. If you would like to join scouts or get involved, go to beascout.org and enter your zip code to find a troop near you.