ROBOTICS CHALLENGE: MAY 7, 2016
2016 Challenge: Can Do!
The National WWII Museum Robotics Challenge is an exciting opportunity for 4th through 8th grade students to develop 21st century skills and participate in active problem solving all based on real-life scenarios from WWII. Focused on the enduring themes of innovation, teamwork, community, and cooperation, the robotics program at The National WWII Museum provides a springtime competition opportunity for both established teams and newcomers to the field of student robotics. The challenge uses the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® system on the standard 4’ x 8’ playing field.
The theme of the 2016 Challenge is Can Do! This year’s challenge marks the opening our new Road to the Pacific galleries with a challenge focused on the Pacific Theater. This theater was the scene of many tough battles and sacrifices, but our troops were ultimately successful. ‘Can Do!’ was the motto of the Seabees, who built infrastructure, solved problems, and personified the determination behind the war effort on both the home-front and battlefields. The Challenge includes both the robot mission and a team project. Teams will program robots to deliver supplies, fight malaria, cross the equator, and build airstrips while exploring WWII in the Pacific. They will also design, test, and document the construction of a pontoon ferry. Complete details will be provided after registration. A maximum of 10 students and 2 adult coaches are allowed per team. The Challenge will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in The National WWII Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.
Cost, Materials and Registration
With the $50 registration fee, each team will receive a 4'x8' full color mat and field set consisting of non-LEGO® items serving as the mission objectives. Teams supply LEGO MINDSTORMS® components and will need a 4’x8’ practice table. The Challenge includes both the robot game and a team project.
Registration is now closed, as the Challenge is completely full. If you would like details on how to add your team to the waiting list, please email email@example.com. If any registered teams cannot compete, we will invite teams from the waiting list to replace them.
Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
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See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
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The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!
The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.
Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.