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March 2, 2012 AT 1:12 pm

Boy and Girl Scouts? Meet the hacker scouts

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Boy and Girl Scouts? Meet the hacker scouts @ Geek Gestalt – CNET News.

If you were ever a Boy Scout, you may recall earning an archery or camping badge. Girl Scouts offer athlete, naturalist, and many others. But what if you’re a kid with serious 3D printing or laser cutting chops? Is there a badge for you?

There is now, thanks to the folks at Adafruit Industries, a New York-based open source hardware and maker products emporium. Starting in the next few days–timed to the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts on March 12–Adafruit will begin offering a broad set of skill badges that reward kids–and presumably others–for completing any of a long list of the kind of tasks that would be right at home at Maker Faire.

Learned to solder? There’s a badge for that. “You sent something to space, almost,” Adafruit offers its high-altitude balloon project badge. Worked on an Android or Linux project? Adafruit has you covered.

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